September 18th, 2014

Illuminati

And now we have a blood test for depression

Ok, this is pretty amazing. I'm not that impressed by most individual science results, but this one really stands out.

a) They've found a combination of RNA markers that are different in people with depression.
b) When those people had CBT, the ones who got better the levels of those markers changed in the people who it helped.
c) The original RNA markers were different between the people who went on to respond and those that didn't.

As one of the major problems with mental health treatment is that different people respond differently to different treatments, just the third of these is a major breakthrough. Being able to administer a simple blood test and then say "People with Depression(1) get CBT, people with Depression(2) get treatment Y." means getting people useful treatment faster (and not wasting it on people it's not going to help).

More details here.

Caveats - small study (64 people), and I'm sure that we'll find that in a larger pool there are some people who are depressed but don't show up on this test.



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Independence Predictions

I would be unsurprised by anything between 45% Yes and 52% Yes. I am hoping it comes in over 50%, but expecting it to be around 48%.

I'm guessing at 85% turnout, and very happy about that.

I'm hazarding a stab in the dark that the "extra powers for Scotland" will turn out to be entirely illusory.

I predict that 95% of people who have been politically motivated over the last three months will stop doing so as of tomorrow. Which is a massive shame - if we could raise this level of interest over politics across the UK then I'd be a very happy person.



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