March 10, 2004

Why Some Schizophrenics Are Hard to Treat

Read more... Schizophrenia Biology

Why Some Schizophrenics Are Hard to Treat (HealthDayNews)

"Cell damage caused by free radicals could be the reason why some people with schizophrenia don't respond to treatment, says a University of Pennsylvania study."

I've read elsewhere that some improvement in symptoms may be had by taking daily doses of Omega-3 fatty acids in conjunction with antioxidant vitamins. Perhaps this explains in part why that's the case, at least with respect to antioxidants. The article also states that:

"damage was evident in neurons located in a part of the brain called the hippocampus, which is associated with complex memory activities. The number of neurons with evidence of this damage was 10 times higher in the brains of those with schizophrenia than in the normal brains."

This would also explain why so many people with schizophrenia appear to have memory related problems.


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