DoD's $1.15M grant may lead to blood test to catch heavy drinkers

People don't always tell doctors the truth about their drinking habits, and this is a particular issue for some groups of people, such as those being considered for a liver transplant. A researcher at Indiana University has received a grant of $1.15 million from the Department of Defense to create a blood test that detects certain fats in the blood. In a mouse study and a small human study, levels of these fats, known as phospholipids, rose after heavy drinking and then fell within 6 weeks. The researchers are planning a larger study in 250 people, comparing survey results with blood phospholipid levels. Press release

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