New research finds schizophrenic brain attempts to reorganize itself.
A research team, made up of scientists around the globe, have released a report that shows human brains may have the ability to repair themselves, according to a report from UPI.
The team of researchers from the United Kingdom and China used Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to look at the brains of 98 patients that suffered from schizophrenia and another 83 who did not. They used a special method called “covariance analysis” to measure the increase of brain tissue. According to the report, this was the first time this type method had been used to prove the brain had the ability to reverse the effects of this type illness, and researchers are wondering if this can lead to other opportunities in medical fields.
After this stunning discovery, indicating the brain can indeed attempt to repair the damage done by the illness, the follow up will be to continue to scan the brains of patients with early signs of schizophrenia.
Research team member Dr. Jeffrey Reiss, from the London Health Sciences Centre, explains, “These findings are important not only because of their novelty and the rigor of the study, but because they point the way to the development of targeted treatments that potentially could better address some of the core pathology in schizophrenia.”
“Brain plasticity and the development of related therapies would contribute to a new optimism in an illness that was 100 years ago described as premature dementia for its seemingly progressive deterioration,” continued Dr. Reiss.
Dr. Lena Palaniyappan, Medical Director at the Prevention & Early Intervention Program for Psychoses at London Science Centre and another member of the research team, adds even state-of-art treatments aim for a reduction in the cognitive and functional deficits related to the illness. But, the new research revealed, despite the severity of the damage to the brain’s tissue, the patient’s brain is constantly attempting to reorganize itself.
Palaniyappan adds the brain appeared to be trying to rescue itself or at least limit the damage caused.
The findings from this new research were published in the journal Psychology Medicine.