High-Speed Microscope May Offer Look Into Schizophrenia

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Brain scans and MRI's can show only so much about how the brain works in schizophrenia, but now a high-speed microscope may offer a more in depth look into how the brain really works in schizophrenia:

"Certain brain disorders, such as schizophrenia, autism and mental retardation are thought to be caused by a malfunction in brain cell communication and have no easy-to-detect physical signs leading to diagnosis. In fact, even fMRIs and PET scans are able to offer only limited detail of brain activity in these cases.

Now neuroscientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have joined forces with physicists to develop a non-invasive, extremely high speed microscope that instantly captures the firing of thousands of neurons in the brain as they communicate — or in these cases — miscommunicate with one another."

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