Brain changes precede schizophrenia and autism

Carriers of high-risk genes show cognitive impairments and could benefit from early intervention.

People who carry high-risk genetic variants for schizophrenia and autism have impairments reminiscent of disorders such as dyslexia, even when they do not yet have a mental illness, a new study has found. The findings offer a window into the brain changes that precede severe mental illness and hold promise for early intervention and even prevention, researchers say.

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