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Mental illness link is found.

SCIENTISTS have made a discovery which could lead us to a better understanding of why some people suffer from schizophrenia.

Research by experts at Newcastle University has shown there is a link between a lack of specific brain receptors and the mental illness.

The team has found that NMDA receptors are essential in modifying electrical wave patterns in the brain which are altered in patients with schizophrenia.

They now want to further investigate the function of the receptors, already known to be involved in making memories, which could lead to a new way of treating the mental illness.

Schizophrenia is one of the most common serious mental health conditions in the UK.

Dr Mark Cunningham, who led the research, said: "We have shown that by selectively targeting receptors we can modify the dynamics of the brain.

"Our hope would be that this could lead to a method for actually improving brain function."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2008
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