Scientists find genetic link among 5 major psychiatric diseases

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March 1, 2013

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A study published in The Lancet on Thursday reveals that a common genetic thread links five well-known psychiatric diseases: autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia.

The study was conducted by an international research collaboration, looking at the genomes of more than 60,000 patients of European ancestry. Scientists hope the findings will clear up how these diseases are classified, moving from describing symptoms to identifying underlying causes. And once other scientists dig into the data, there may be some progress made on treating these five diseases.

via  PRI.ORG.



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Comments:
  1. Fred Beloit says:

    Nota bene: This article uses the terms ‘disease’ and ‘disorder’ interchangeably.

    “Scientists hope the findings will clear up how these diseases are classified, moving from describing symptoms to identifying underlying causes.”

    I hope so too, because the present so-called syndromes for some of these conditions are all over the map.