Researchers Discover Blood Test to Diagnose Postnatal Depression

Postnatal-DepressionA recent report has been claiming that a group of British doctors has finally accessed an advanced blood test, which could detect postnatal depression.

A study was conducted by the doctors, which included analysis of small genetic variations dubbed single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). While the same was linked to increased risk of postnatal depression by an earlier study, the latest research has found that two SNPs were actually linked to exalted scores of depression screening test.

It is being said the two were likely to be associated with raised risk of suffering from the illness. Thus, a precise screening programme is needed in order to prevent postnatal depression risk. The severity of disease symptoms is probable to get diminished by early diagnosis and cure.

In the study, the researchers tested women for the SNPs. Also, the partaking women received a screening test for postnatal depression before as well as after birth. The same concluded the above, but did not include connections between these variations.

The team said the blood test was not sure to accurately detect the illness. "These results provide the first preliminary evidence that specific variations of two genes involved in stress responses might contribute to the genetics of high risk for depression during pregnancy and post-partum", stated the researchers.