Immune microglia clue to preventing schizophrenia - BBC News

It may be possible to prevent schizophrenia by calming the brain's immune system, say scientists.
Brain scans found an overactive immune system in patients as well as in those at high risk of schizophrenia.The UK Medical Research Council team wants to test anti-inflammatory drugs to treat or even prevent the disease.The researchers analysed microglia, which are the cells that protect the brain from infection and also "prune" unwanted connections between brain cells.
The highest level was found in patients with the condition, but those deemed at high risk of developing schizophrenia also showed heightened activity levels.

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