Sydney: A simple eye test can help diagnose inherited mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder or manic depression, according to new evidence.Monash University neuroscientist Steven Miller led a national team of researchers to test the binocular rivalry rates of 348 sets of twins -- 128 of whom were identical.The test measured the twins` binocular rivalry -- the `switching` of their visual perception from one image to the next, when two dissimilar images were simultaneously presented, one to each eye.
The next stage of the research would test the reliability of using the switch rate to assist in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder or a predisposition to bipolar disorder, said a university release."There is a lot of work ahead to find biological markers that could be used to screen for a person`s susceptibility to a particular inherited condition, paving the way for more accurate clinical diagnoses and more effective genetic studies," Miller said.The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.IANS
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