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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Inflammation an Accurate Biomarker for Bipolar Disorder?

Levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a known biomarker of inflammation, are elevated across all mood states in patients with bipolar disorder, with higher levels occurring during periods of mania, new research shows.

"In my opinion, CRP shows great promise as a biomarker, helping to define who would benefit most from treatments that target inflammation, which is one of the major goals of precision medicine ― defining who will, and will not, benefit from each treatment," senior author Brisa S. Fernandes, PhD, of the Deakin University School of Medicine, in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, told Medscape Medical News.

The study was published online November 9 in Lancet Psychiatry.


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