GENE GE­NIE

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

Re­search shows 45 per cent of Aus­tralians will ex­pe­ri­ence a men­tal health is­sue dur­ing our life­times and one in five of us find med­i­ca­tion ei­ther doesn’t work or causes ex­treme side ef­fects. Now sci­en­tists hope DNA test­ing can help iden­tify more suit­able and ef­fec­tive treat­ments by un­cov­er­ing how an in­di­vid­ual metabolises cer­tain med­i­ca­tions. The re­searchers are en­cour­ag­ing those who are strug­gling with their men­tal health to con­sult a GP or phar­ma­cist about whether a DNA test could help them.

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