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Hair could be the key to better mental-illness diagnosis in teens

July 24, 2019
Ohio State University
ScienceDaily
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190724111110.htm


It’s possible that a lock of hair could one day aid in the diagnosis of depression and in efforts to monitor the effects of treatment, said the author of a new study examining cortisol levels in the hair of teens.

Researchers looked for potential relationships between the concentration of the stress hormone cortisol in the hair and adolescents’ depression symptoms and found a surprising connection. Not only did high cortisol levels correspond to a higher likelihood of depression, but there was also a connection between low cortisol levels and mental health struggles.

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