New Biomarkers of Early Schizophrenia Identified


Two novel biomarkers, hypofrontality and posterior hyperactivity, identified by MRI, have been linked to early signs of schizophrenia, results of a new animal study show.

Being able to detect these early brain changes with MRI could potentially contribute to early diagnosis and new treatments of schizophrenia in humans, investigators, led by Fahmeed Hyder, PhD, professor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, write.

Patients with schizophrenia often exhibit early signs of behavioral abnormalities. However, changes in the brain that underlie these behavioral signs have not been identified

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MRI is the size of a room. Futurists predict that MRI scanner will be a handheld device. It will make scanning of those biomarkers easier.