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Schizophrenia is a mysterious, misunderstood mental illness without a full cure.
However, researchers from the United Kingdom and China may have found a clue that could help to understand it better.
According to Science Daily, a new study that looked at MRI scans shows that while schizophrenic participants showed a reduction in brain tissue volume, subtle increases in brain matter were seen in certain areas of the brain.
Our results highlight that despite the severity of tissue damage, the brain of a patient with schizophrenia is constantly attempting to reorganize itself, possibly to rescue itself or limit the damage, said Dr. Lena Palaniyappan, an author on the study.
But the research shows that, while subtle, the process could be reversible.
The brain may be capable of fighting off some of the effects of schizophrenia on its own and could lead to more answers in the fight against the disease, maybe including treatments that utilize the brain, researchers stated.