What if we could take a simple blood test that may help us predict who may be at risk for suicide in reaction to stress? Researchers at john Hopkins have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that, could give doctors a simple blood test to reliably predict a person’s risk of attempting suicide. The implicated is a genetic mutation in a gene known as SKA2. Looking at brain samples from mentally ill and healthy people, the researchers found that in samples from people who had died by suicide, levels of SKA2 were significantly reduced.
Eliana Bonaguro MHC