MRI SCANS REVEAL SUBTLE BRAIN DIFFERENCES IN PEOPLE WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA, UF RESEARCHERS FIND

Ken Collins KPaulC at email.msn.com
Thu Sep 16 04:49:52 EST 1999


just to clarify, similar approach (that is, using scans to 'identify'
neural-activation 'traits' of 'schizophrenia'), has been pursued for years
already. this would seem to be an advance in precision.

only problem is that no one's ever cited anything that can eliminate the
probability (given the ability to show how it can happen) that the scanned
stuff is not wholly-derived in experience.

i'll pop over and save this one for later reading, and comment if i can add
anything. (interested in the list of '10 brain structures'.)

cheers, ken collins

John <johnhkm at netsprintXXXX.net.au> wrote in message
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> MRI SCANS REVEAL SUBTLE BRAIN DIFFERENCES IN PEOPLE WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA, UF
> RESEARCHERS FIND
>
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> GAINESVILLE---Scientists have tried through the years to attribute
> schizophrenia to one brain abnormality or another, but solid proof has
been
> lacking. Now University of Florida researchers have found that subtle
> differences in 10 brain structures can provide a strong indicator of
whether
> someone has the disorder.
>
> In an article published in the current issue of the Journal of Biological
> Psychiatry, UF Brain Institute researchers report that by analyzing
magnetic
> resonance imaging scans, they were able to correctly determine 77 percent
of
> time which study participants had schizophrenia.
>
> The finding holds promise as a tool for diagnosis or for predicting who
> might develop the often-devastating psychiatric illness, which typically
> first strikes in the late teens to early 30s. Useful in treatment,
> prediction also is critical in the quest to identify environmental
> contributions to schizophrenia.
>
> "The first wave of MRI studies searched for the 'smoking gun' that could
> explain the symptoms of schizophrenia," said Dr. John Kuldau, a professor
of
> psychiatry in the UF College of Medicine and chief of psychiatry for the
> Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville. "But the
> disease is much more complicated than that. Like diabetes, it is thought
to
> be caused by an interplay between genetic and environmental factors."
>
>
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> http://www.napa.ufl.edu/99news/schizo.htm
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>
>
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> John
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