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Medical developments for Bipolar Disorder

City University Biomedical Engineering Research Group (BERG) established in 2004 is leading the way in a discipline that is transforming developments in medicine and healthcare delivery. Developments in optical technologies mean that some sensors are no larger than a hair. Such technologies will enable patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes to monitor their well being and remain in control of their condition. BERG has recently been awarded a major research grant by the National Institute of Health Research to develop a personal lithium blood analyser fro patients with bipolar disorder. The mood of patients with bipolar disorder frequently changes featuring episodes of depression (with feelings of being lethargic and low) and mania (with feelings of being high and over active). These patients are dependent on lithium to maintain their mental equilibrium. Too much lithium causes toxicity and too little causes patients to have uncontrollable mood swings. The personal lithium blood analyser will assist in providing more information on lithium blood levels to psychiatrist clinicians and patients allowing form ore effective management of bipolar disorder with lithium therapy.

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