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Major Advance in the Diagnosis of Hyperactive Disorder

Nov 26th 2010
Major Advance in the Diagnosis of Hyperactive Disorder

Dr. Nela Pivac from the Laboratory of molecular neuropsychiatry at the Ruđer Bošković Institute, together with associates from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry at the University of Zagreb have discovered a major advance in the diagnosis of the hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and autism. Their research article entitled Human plasma glycome in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorders was published in the prestigious journal Molecular and Cellular Proteomics (IF 8.79) which is ranked as the second best journal in the field of biochemical methods.

The article details for the first time changes in specific glycan structures found in the plasma of 99 children suffering from ADHD. These results indicate the possibility of clinical applications and the elaboration of new potential biomarkers for diagnosing ADHD through a simple blood test.

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