BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The brains of schizophrenia patients show signs of self healing, according to a new study. A team of international researchers from the United Kingdom and China has used Magnetic Resonance Imagine to determine if there is a real possibility for recovery. The groundbreaking discovery shows that brains can repair themselves.
The team conducted the study on 98 patients with schizophrenia, plus 83 people without the disease. Using a technique called covariance analysis, the scientists recorded the amount of brain tissue in all the patients. This way, they were able to discern differences in the brain’s tissue.
The findings demonstrated that despite the severity of the tissue damage, the brains of schizophrenia patients are constantly trying to heal themselves.
Because there are signs that the brain is capable of fighting the outcomes of the disease, this could be a lead toward finding more answers on how to prevent and heal schizophrenia. The study showed that even if schizophrenia is linked to brain tissue volume reduction, certain regions of the brains revealed a small, but still significant, increase in tissue over time.
And if the brains of schizophrenia patients show signs of self healing, this also means that the process of gray matter loss could be reversible. Scientists believe that the brains of people with this disease could become closer to normal with the passing of time.
Schizophrenia is considered to be an incurable disease, and the cause of it unknown. Some theories suggest that it might result from an interaction between the genetic and the environmental factors. It is a brain disorder that affects a person’s behavior, the way of thinking and how the world is perceived. Schizophrenia patients have an altered perception of reality.
The disease can appear suddenly, but for most it comes on slowly by abandoning usual activities and hobbies and an overall change of personality. The five types of symptoms characteristic of people with schizophrenia are: hallucinations, delusions, disorganized behavior and speech, and the “negative“ symptoms. Current treatments include a combination of antipsychotic medication together with therapy. However, these treatments only reduce and help manage the debilitating symptoms. They do not reverse schizophrenia.
The international team of scientists will continue their clinical research in the hopes of providing even more answer to the questions raised by the mysterious disease.
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