Schizophrenia Breakthrough

The scientific understanding of the biological cause of schizophrenia has been significantly advanced by a landmark study published yesterday in Nature.

Researchers from Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital found the blame for the common mental disorder lies with genes that control synaptic pruning that occurs when “the brain sheds weak or redundant connections between neurons as it matures … [during] adolescence and early adulthood.” People with genes that accelerate pruning have a higher risk for schizophrenia

Scientists caution that new treatments and diagnostics will not be available soon.
The New York Times

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