Could A Blood Test Determine Suicide Risk? | WYPR

Could A Blood Test Determine Suicide Risk?

Aug 6, 2014

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Our country loses tens of thousands of people to suicide every year. Some of them no doubt showed suicidal signs, others less so. What if there was a simple blood test that could predict who is at a higher risk of suicide? Scientists at Johns Hopkins are looking at how to do just that.

Zachary Kaminsky is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine. He’s also the lead researcher on a study published last week that posits a possible blood test for suicide risk. He joins Sheilah to talk about it.