Schizophrenics suffer brain 'forest fire'
One of the things we have begun to learn from this map is that there are trends or patterns to brains that allow one to be sensitive to schizophrenia or Alzheimer's
-Arthur Toga, UCLA

Excerpt from article By Maggie Shiels (BBC News)

"A wave of tissue damage rolling across the brain has been spotted by doctors scanning the head of a teenage schizophrenic.

They suggest that scientists should be looking for ways to halt this rapid loss of brain tissue, likened by one professor to a "forest fire".

The team from the University of California in Los Angeles used repeated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to measure the progress of the disease in a number of young patients.

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