Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Schizophrenia Brain Cells

Here is an article that is very interesting. "Schizophrenia research: A route to the brain via the nose” It seems researchers of psychiatric disorders have a hard time obtaining live brain tissue in which to do their studies. They need this brain tissue to compare to people who do not have Psychiatric illnesses like schizophrenia. Now they have found a way to get stem cells from the nose by cellular neuroscience.
The way they accomplish this is by “Researchers have found that by taking a biopsy they can compare the tissue of people with schizophrenia to cells from individuals without schizophrenia.” This is very interesting in that they can compare the stem cells to people that do not have these mental illnesses. They say that “this is the first insight into real differences in patient cells that could lead to slightly altered brain development.” That is very interesting. They can see the difference in people with mental illness and those that do not have a mental illness.
The article tells what they discovered in comparing these stem cells. “The current findings are particularly interesting,” the go on tell why “because when we look closely at the clues to the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders, we find new and often unexpected mechanisms implicated.” There is a lot of research going on in the field of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. We can only hope that it leads to advances in fighting these diseases. Hopefully for those who do not benefit from treatment right now. The ones the medicine does not work for as good as it works for some of us.

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