Might Pathologists Soon Have a Medical Laboratory Test Capable of Predicting a Patient’s Probability of Death within Five Years?

Researchers in Finland have discovered four biomarkers in blood that appear to accurately identify individuals at high-risk of death in the short term 

Will there be demand for a medical laboratory test that can help pathologists accurately predict the probability of death within five years for an individual? New research emerging from Europe suggests that such a diagnostic assay may be feasible.

More remarkable, this clinical laboratory test may be as simple as testing for the concentration of four biomarkers in blood. In combination, these biomarkers indicate the status of metabolism in all humans that can possibly predict when an individual will die. According to researchers, their relative amounts are crucial to determining if an individual is at high risk for death within five years. (more…)