A new study now says that schizophrenia could one day be detected using tests in human hair that could detect levels of certain enzymes. According to a story published in The Daily Mail, tests have shown that patients who suffer from severe mental health disorders have much higher levels of MPST compared to those who don't.
The result of the study was published in the EMBO Molecular Medicine. The study, conducted by researchers at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science, on the outskirts of Tokyo, saw scientists looking for levels of the enzyme in hair that could help find out the condition before patients started suffering from hallucinations.
scientists have, since then, said they have started testing whether drugs designed to tackle production of the enzyme that could alleviate symptoms in mice. Schizophrenia as a condition does not have any determining test for the disorder with scientists being able to diagnose the conditions after patients have been suffering from the condition for a month or so. Study authors began by studying two groups of mice. One of the groups had low prepulse inhibition (PPI), which is a sign of schizophrenia while the other had higher PPI, meaning bursts of noise managed to affect them more.