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New blood test can diagnose mental illness

New blood test can diagnose mental illness

Researchers at the University of Campinas - Unicamp and the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) have developed a blood test capable of diagnosing two types of mental illness: schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. To do so, a blood test was performed on people with some of the types of disease and others who did not.

With MRI, physicians were able to identify changes in the molecules of patients with the disease compared to who did not have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. "We call these molecules biomarkers, they are present in one investigated group and are absent in the other, or they are present in different concentrations," says Professor Ljubica Tasic of the Institute of Chemistry (IQ) at Unicamp, one of the main conductors of development of the technology.

Because there is currently a deficiency in diagnosis, since in many cases the symptoms of both diseases resemble, and the finding is given through medical research and psychology, the researchers decided to develop this test

With the success of the studies, in addition to diagnostic accuracy, there would be greater assertiveness in treatment, which differs from one disease to another. One of the main points of this test, which relies on biological analysis of a small amount of collected blood, is efficacy, agility and objectivity. "9" Mental disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are a major challenge for the system of health, bringing serious financial consequences for both developed and Brazilian countries.The absence of cure and the limitations of the available treatments are reflections of the limited knowledge that has of the brain and of its molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate its functions " , reports the teacher.


Breast cancer screening bra is created by student

Breast cancer screening bra is created by student

The young Mexican student Julian Rios Cantu , just 18, along with two other friends, developed a bra capable of detecting breast cancer in women who have a genetic predisposition to the disease. The project, registered in the student's name, called Higia Technologies, was the winner of the American Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA).

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Anti-allergy may impair male fertility, study finds

Anti-allergy may impair male fertility, study finds

Anti-histamines are quite common medicines to treat allergic conditions with symptoms like conjunctivitis, sinusitis, urticaria and etc. However, an Argentine study published in March in Reproduction has shown that these medications may have a negative effect when used for a long time. The study analyzed studies already done on animals and humans and realized that there is evidence that these compounds may affect health sexual intercourse of men by affecting the hormones produced by the testes, which can lead to changes in sperm morphology and reduced motility (ability to move), as well as reducing the overall sperm count, making the male fertility lower.

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