The Suicide Stick

A recent report in “Molecular Psychiatry” described studies of bipolar and schizophrenic patients, and found that those who experienced strong suicidal ideation also had marked increase in RNA biomarkers. High blood levels of these biomarkers were associated with future hospitalizations for suicidal attempts, in addition to hospitalizations that had occurred even before the patients’ blood was tested. In other words, the biomarkers studied may also be markers of long-term risk. Of interest, particularly in the context of the recent publicity about omega-3 supplementation, low omega-3 levels have been correlated with increased suicidality. While suicide potential is difficult to predict, at least research is being undertaken to find new ways to prevent future unnecessary death.


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