Washington: Neurons in the nose could be the key to early, fast, and accurate diagnosis of the debilitating mental illness, schizophrenia, according to a TAU researcher.Because physiological evidence confirming the disease can only be gathered from the brain during an autopsy, mental health professionals have had to rely on a battery of psychological evaluations to diagnose their patients.Now, Dr. Noam Shomron and Prof. Ruth Navon of Tel Aviv University`s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, together with PhD student Eyal Mor from Dr. Shomron`s lab and Prof. Akira Sawa of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, have discovered a method for physical diagnosis - by collecting tissue from the nose through a simple biopsy. Surprisingly, collecting and sequencing neurons from the nose may lead to "more sure-fire" diagnostic capabilities than ever before, Dr. Shomron said.This finding could not only lead to a more accurate diagnosis, it may also permit the crucial, early detection of the disease, giving rise to vastly improved treatment overall.
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