December 06, 2006

Brain Scans May be Able to Predict Schizophrenia

The BBC reported today that a new study suggests that

"Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans have revealed key changes in the brain's grey matter in a small group before they developed symptoms [of schizophrenia].

The finding suggests tracking these changes over time, combined with traditional assessments, could help doctors to predict illness.

The research, published in BioMed Central Medicine, was carried out by the University of Edinburgh."

The research indicated a reduction in grey matter in a part of their brain called the inferior temporal gyrus, which is linked to the processing of anxiety.

This is early research - so additional testing and validation will need to be done over the coming years.

Read the full story: Scans 'can predict schizophrenia' source: BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)

The Research Paper is fully available here (free access): Grey matter changes can improve the prediction of schizophrenia in subjects at high risk (BMC Medicine)

Related information:

Anxiety, Stress and Schizophrenia


Could you give a link to the published paper? I can't seem to find it on the BMC Medicine site:

Posted by: CopperKettle at December 7, 2006 02:22 AM

Found it. They've just posted in on the website:
Along with the provisinal PDF:

Posted by: CopperKettle at December 7, 2006 06:16 AM

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