Saliva test could help teen boys at risk for depression

Created: 02/18/2014 4:06 AM WHEC.com

A new saliva test could help doctors pinpoint teen boys at risk for developing major depression.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge found teens with high levels of the stress hormone Cortisol were up to 14 times more likely to be clinically depressed later in life. Experts say along with behavioral studies, testing the saliva of young men for stress hormone levels can help doctors pinpoint those teens at risk for depression.

Doctors did use the saliva test on girls, but found the result to be much less consistent. There is currently no conclusive test to predict depression.

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