Brain imaging by scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry in London has revealed structural changes in the brain of schizophrenics, which could provide a means of identifying those people most at risk. This could enable doctors to diagnose schizophrenia before the onset of psychotic symptoms, and intervene before the condition takes hold.
In a study published in November
Scanning the brain in the earliest stage of schizophrenia, and before the use of antipsychotic drugs, enabled Dr Sharma and colleagues to determine whether the brain changes were due to the illness, or to other effects such as ageing or side-effects from medication. In its National Health Service plan published in July, the UK government prioritised early treatment for psychosis. Dr Sharma reports in the November