Dried blood spots (DBS) - good for science and health
Dried blood spots (DBS) involve the simple collection of small amounts of blood on special paper, eliminating time-consuming blood tests and making it easier to store and transport. They are making testing for biomarkers for brain conditions much easier.
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How dried blood spot tests are making testing for biomarkers for brain conditions much easier? We know from previous studies that biomarkers like cholesterol, fatty acid pattern (omega-3 index) and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) are risk factors for various brain diseases. We are also on the search for new ones. These markers can be measured using a dried blood spot kit offered in medical and psychological practices. "Our hope is that testing for biomarkers can improve care for people affected by brain-related disorders" says Christian A. Drevon, who has been involved in developing the DBS kits at Vitas.
Read more in the Lifebrain E-Newsletter October 2018.