Salk Institute

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is a scientific research institute located in the La Jolla community of San Diego, California on the Pacific coast.
Why Doesn’t the Gold Standard Treatment for Bipolar Disorder Work for the Majority of Patients? 💊🧠🔬

Lithium is considered to be the gold standard treatment for bipolar disorder (BD), but nearly 70% of people with BD do not respond to the treatment, leaving them at risk for debilitating, potentially life-threatening mood swings. Researchers at the Salk Institute have found that the culprit may lie in gene activity—or the lack of it. The study could result in a new drug for bipolar disorder as well as a biomarker for lithium non-responsiveness.


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