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Blue Monday

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Blue sky, sunshine – and our mood is tip-top. But for some, even the summer weather isn’t a reason to get out of bed.

From the outside it’s impossible to say when a mood disorder first presents. Which is precisely why researchers at Indiana University have developed a blood test for those affected.

Using RNA markers, the test can predict the severity of a depression or, for those with bipolar disorder, the risk of mania.

But researchers have gone even further, discovering that the genes responsible for our natural daily rhythms and sleep patterns also play a role. This explains why mood disturbances often lead to additional sleep problems.

Thanks to the test those affected can access more specific treatments. Uplifting!

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