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Scientists Discover Gene That May Predict Response To Antidepressants
2013-12-10 07:53:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Treating depression using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is often a trial-and-error process, but new research appearing in the journal Translational Psychiatry lays the foundation for a new genetic test that could allow doctors to provide patients with a personalized treatment program. Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) explained that SSRIs do not work for everyone, even though they are the most commonly...

2009-10-27 12:31:34

TAU seeks genetic "Prozac markers" to find a simple test for treating depression Prozac works wonders for some depressed people, but not for others. In some cases, patients derive little benefit and at worst, it can lead to bizarre hallucinations and fits of rage. Researchers and doctors remain puzzled as to what causes the wide range of reaction to Prozac and similar antidepressants. The answer, Tel Aviv University researchers believe, can be found in a patient's genes. And if their research...

2009-10-07 08:25:28

Kids' right-to-privacy for their genetic material needs better protection, says Tel Aviv University researcher Scientists look for clues about therapies and cures for life-threatening childhood illnesses in children's DNA "” it seems only logical to do so. But the decision as to who should have access to DNA samples from children provides a unique ethical conundrum, says a Tel Aviv University researcher in a recent publication for the esteemed journal Science, co-authored by...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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