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Future Medicine: Can Biomarkers Predict Mental Health Disorders?

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Scientists use biology to predict medical conditions and clinical outcomes. In the future, the study of biological markers may help inform mental health treatments. In a recent article, Deployment Health Clinical Center senior research psychologist Dr. Maria Morgan explains what biomarkers are, what they can tell us about different psychological disorders, and what’s next for the field.

What are biomarkers?

First, what are biomarkers? Biological markers, or biomarkers, are objectively measurable, physical traits of a biological system that can indicate a normal state, a disorder, or a therapeutic response to treatment. Translation: they are pretty much anything inside the body that can be measured and objectively assessed for signs of a disease, as well as for signs of response to treatment. For example, biomarkers for pre-diabetes would include indicators of abnormal metabolism in a blood sample.

To read the full article, visit the Deployment Health Clinical Center blog page.

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