Misshaped 'spines' suggest new schizophrenia theory

Schizophrenia Update, January 2003

18:25 05 November 02, Excerpt from New Scientist magazine
Helen Phillips, Orlando

Schizophrenia could be the result of differences in the structures that connect neurons together, according to new research.

The findings suggest a very different cause than other theories of schizophrenia, which focus on abnormal brain chemistry, particularly of dopamine signalling, or defects in the development of specific brain pathways.

The differences discovered are in the spiny structures found at synapses - the pathways through which nerve cells communicate. The spines in the >Early Schizophrenia Screening Test

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