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Scientists teach computers to assess psychiatric risk

• By Kate Kelland

In a study in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE journal, British researchers said their findings suggest it may be possible to design programs to predict which at-risk adolescents will go on to have psychiatric problems, giving doctors more time to intervene before illnesses set in.


"Combining machine learning and neuroimaging, we have a technique which shows enormous potential to help us identify which adolescents are at true risk of developing anxiety and mood disorders, especially where there is limited clinical or genetic information," said Janaina Mourao-Miranda of University College London, who led the study.


Depression and other psychiatric disorders are a major cause of death, disability and economic burden worldwide. The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020, depression alone will be the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease across all ages.

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Comment by Joseph Vanderville
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May I add to Brag's posting that this form of anti-Government mental disorder that the National Institute of Health published includes this delusional belief that Ron Paul is going to be the next President of the United States.Alll over this website is the hostility of name-calling supporters towards those who cannot help laughing at the negative or zero prospect of Ron Paul getting elected President. Dirty mouths do not clean up the soiled picture of Ron Paul as "unelectable" politician in the eyes of the public.Waging a campaign in an attempt to create a superhuman image out of a candidate that cannot be elected President is of course not only ridiculous but also pathetic.But nothing can be done about it because as the scientific studies of NIH had pointed out, it is a form of "mental illness" that is not curable.

Comment by brag
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"Combining machine learning and neuroimaging" is a scientific technique use to identify anxiety and deteriorating mood disorders such as hatred of the Government and badmouthing of government officials. An explosion of insults directed at Government, Authority and an imagined World Order is all over the place, usually written only by one person using several aliases. This hostile mood is a form of "mental illness", according to the National Institute of Health.