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Signal of Schizophrenia Risk

Tracy Hampton, PhD
JAMA. 2013;309(17):1765. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4283.
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Brain scans of children with a family history of schizophrenia show neural circuits that are hyperactivated by tasks that peers with no family history of the illness handle without stress, report scientists at the University of North Carolina (Hart SJ et al. Psychiatry Res. 2013;212[1]:19-27). The differences appear before the onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms such as paranoid beliefs or hallucinations.

Brain imaging suggests that children and teens with a family history of schizophrenia may exhibit abnormalities in brain activation.

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Brain imaging suggests that children and teens with a family history of schizophrenia may exhibit abnormalities in brain activation.

(Photo credit: Aysenil Belger, PhD)

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