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University Of Maryland School Of Dentistry Professor And International Team Find Evidence For Physical Differences In Schizophrenia Patients

November 25, 2019
by University of Maryland School of Dentistry


New research from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) finds evidence that points to physical differences among groups of people with schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. “Although schizophrenia is not as common as some other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling,” said Brian Kirkpatrick, MD, chair of UNR Med’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “People with schizophrenia have a wide variety of symptoms, but the most typical symptoms are hallucinations and delusions.”

The causes of schizophrenia are not well understood, but new research led by Kirkpatrick and co-authored by Gary Hack, DDS, associate professor in UMSOD’s Department of Advanced Oral Sciences and Therapeutics, is shedding light on the question of causation, with findings that may lead to better understanding of the disorder.

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