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Subspecialties Precision medicine, Laboratory management, Microbiology and immunology

Reading the Mind in the Blood

When it comes to diagnosis and prognosis, mental health conditions are among the most elusive. What works perfectly for one patient may fail utterly or even make the problem worse for another, and the range of medications available to treat disorders like depression is ever-broadening. At the moment, doctors treat through trial and error, prescribing one type of antidepressant after another until they strike upon the one that works for a given patient. There’s currently no better way of doing it – but that may be about to change. Researchers from King’s College London have developed a potential blood test to determine whether or not patients with depression are likely to respond to conventional treatments.

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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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