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Schizophrenia clue found in brain receptor

3rd November 2008

Researchers at Newcastle University have said they may have discovered the reason why schizophrenic people "have abnormal electrical waves in their brains".

The team thinks that the brains of schizophrenic people do not have receptor cells which are necessary to control the waves. Dr Mark Cunningham, the team's head, said: "We have shown that by selectively targeting receptors we can modify the dynamics of the brain. Our hope would be that in the long term this could lead to a method for actually improving brain function, not only for people with schizophrenia, but potentially for many other brain conditions."  

 

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