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  • Ian Pitchford
    BBC NEWS ONLINE Wednesday, 1 November, 2000, 01:16 GMT Schizophrenia test moves closer Scientists believe they could soon develop a screening test for
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      BBC NEWS ONLINE
      Wednesday, 1 November, 2000, 01:16 GMT
      Schizophrenia test moves closer

      Scientists believe they could soon develop a screening test for schizophrenia
      after discovering changes in the brain that occur at the earliest stages of the
      illness.

      A team from the Institute of Psychiatry in London has used a brain imaging
      technique to pinpoint substantial changes to brain structure which appear to
      take place before the onset of psychotic symptoms.

      The discovery could mean brain imaging is one day used to search for tell-tale
      signs of schizophrenia.

      It also raises the possibility that new treatments could be developed to stall
      progression of the illness.

      The study, led by Dr Tonmoy Sharma, involved 68 participants, including 37
      people experiencing their first episode of psychosis and a group of healthy
      volunteers.

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