scientists unlock secret behind schizophrenia

The Independent reports;

Thursday, 2 July 2009

A colour enhanced MRI image of the brain shows one of the theories into what may be the chemical basis for Schizophrenia. Researchers have found reduced receptors for dopamine in the brain (areas colourized)

Scientists have discovered a remarkable similarity between the genetic faults behind both schizophrenia and manic depression in a breakthrough that is expected to open the way to new treatments for two of the most common mental illnesses, affecting millions of people.”
… may be due to early brain development …. early intervention …”


~ by boatsie on July 2, 2009.

One Response to “scientists unlock secret behind schizophrenia”

  1. yeah, this has been making it’s way around the blogosphere and twitterverse. I don’t buy it though… as someone who is studying human genetics. Identical twins only both have schizophrenia 43% of the time. Therefore, it’s pretty clear there are epigenetic factors.

    To be fair, there is stronger evidence for the heritability of bipolar disorder…

    But bipolar has also been fantastically on the rise. My theory: fad… and SSRI-induced mania…

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