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06 July 2010

Brain patterns signs of mental illness risk

Scientists say they've found patterns of brain activity in children which could be "markers" of those who will later go on to develop mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.

British scientists believe they have found specific patterns of brain activity in children and young people which could be signs or "markers" of those who will later go on to develop mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.

Researchers from Nottingham University said the patterns suggest it may be possible in future to identify those at risk of becoming ill before they develop symptoms.
 

Many people who go on to develop diverse mental health problems will have a history of behavioural problems going back to childhood, but experts say the problem with finding them at that stage is that differences then are often extremely subtle.
 

 
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