MRI Scans and Schizophrenia

Several sites reported yesterday that research into MRI scans taken place in Edinburgh University shows changes in scans taken 18 months apart. The subjects of the scans were those with a family background of Schizophrenia. Here is a quote from IrishHealth.com :

A team at the University of Edinburgh discovered that the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans they had carried out on a number of patients had revealed changes in the brain tissue of some of those patients before they developed schizophrenia.

Over a 10-year period, the team had followed 200 young people who were at high risk of developing schizophrenia because two or more members of their family had already been diagnosed with the illness.

I’m assuming this type of research is being done to help create some kind of vaccine, which whilst typing that seemed extremely under-whelming. I’ve no idea why, maybe because it is psychological and to me, a vaccine suggests otherwise. Anyone any thoughts?

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