New research links cortisol to suicidal thoughts

New research has uncovered a genetic indicator in people, most susceptible to suicidal thoughts.

Researchers in this Johns Hopkins lab found chemicals that affect the gene that controls how the brain reacts to negative thoughts and impulsive behavior.  

Abnormal levels of that hormone, cortisol, are found in the brains of suicide victims.

This information could help to identify people at risk.

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