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Cortisol levels predict depression in teenage boys, study shows

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 20 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1654
  1. Krishna Chinthapalli
  1. 1BMJ

Raised morning cortisol concentrations are associated with three times the odds of clinical depression in teenage boys with depressive symptoms, a new study has found.1

Matthew Owens, the study’s lead author and a researcher at the University of Cambridge, said, “This new biomarker suggests that we may be able to offer a more personalised approach to tackling boys at risk of depression.

“This could be a much needed way of reducing the number of people suffering from depression—and in particular stemming a risk at a time when there has been an increasing rate of suicide among teenage boys and young men.”

The study stratified 1858 English schoolchildren aged between 12 and 19 …

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