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Brain-nourishing molecule may predict schizophrenia relapse
Date:10/15/2008

affects about 1 percent of the population or some 2.4 million American adults. Hallucinations are a disease hallmark; patients hear voices and can even see, touch and taste things that are not real. Patients, when they relapse, can become aggressive, reclusive and suicidal. Dr. Buckley notes that even when patients are followed closely every two weeks as they are in these studies relapse occurs.

Today there is no objective way or "test" to diagnose schizophrenia, measure efficacy of treatment or predict the common problem of relapse, Dr. Buckley says. "We are looking for how to predict things in mental illness: could you predict whether somebody will get along well or not, could you predict whether a treatment will work, could you predict side effects?"


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Contact: Toni Baker
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706-721-4421
Medical College of Georgia
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