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New Device Quickly Detects Lithium Ions in Blood of Bipolar Disorder Patients – Technology Networks

Tuesday, 26 May, 2020

New Device Quickly Detects Lithium Ions in Blood of Bipolar Disorder Patients – Technology Networks

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A group of Hokkaido University researchers has developed a paper-based device that can easily and cheaply measure lithium ion concentration in blood, which could greatly help bipolar disorder patients.

Lithium carbonate is used for treating bipolar disorder, a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings. But using this drug requires caution because the therapeutic concentration range of lithium ions in blood is narrow and close to the toxic range. Japan's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency warns doctors to regularly examine lithium ion concentration levels in the blood of patients given the drug.

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