Tuesday, November 4, 2008

University of Pittsburgh Researcher Shows New Understanding Of Schizophrenia

University of Pittsburgh researcher Bita Moghaddam has identified a region of the brain that responds to more than one type of anti psychotic drug during treatment of Schizophrenia. The research studied the orbitofrontal cortex of the brain that has been found to cause symptoms of Schizophrenia. Current treatment of the disease has been around since the 1950's, and even though this new research doesn't bring about any new medications it can lead to a new understanding of the disease and may lead to new medications. Current medication treats neurotransmitters that are releasing dopamine improper levels. the medications regulate the release of those chemicals. The study found that a chemical called Glutamate can also cause symptoms of Schizophrenia when not regulated well.

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