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Alterations in Brain Activity in Children at Risk of Schizophrenia Predate Onset of Symptoms

(4/1/2013)

Alterations in Brain Activity in Children at Risk of Schizophrenia Predate Onset of Symptoms
PsychCentral
March 22, 2013

Research from the University of North Carolina has shown that children at risk of developing schizophrenia have brains that function differently than those not at risk.  Brain scans of children who have parents or siblings with the illness reveal a neural circuitry that is hyperactivated or stressed by tasks that peers with no family history of the illness seem to handle with ease.  Because these differences in brain functioning appear before neuropsychiatric symptoms such as trouble focusing, paranoid beliefs, or hallucinations, the scientists believe that the finding could point to early warning signs or "vulnerability markers" for schizophrenia. 

View the full article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130322174343.htm

 


Keywords: alterations, brain, activity, children, risk, schizophrenia, symptoms



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