Mystery particle' in schizophrenics

Schizophrenia Update, October 2002

Friday, 23 August, 2002, 15:50 GMT 16:50 UK, BBC News Service

Tests will continue on the particles A tiny particle found in the spinal fluid of schizophrenia patients is baffling doctors who cannot work out what it is. The Swedish researcher involved has even suggested it might be "a new form of life", although other experts say this is unlikely

However, it could mean that doctors have a reliable test for schizophrenia. The study, led by experts at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, involved giving 22 schizophrenics, and 38 apparently healthy "control" patients lumbar punctures>Early Schizophrenia Screening Test

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