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Washington University researchers say they have developed a novel PET tracer that is significantly better than FDA-approved compounds at detecting amyloid clusters in patients with suspected Alzheimer’s disease. 

Researchers have developed an MRI method to get a visual on electric currents affecting the human brain immediately after sessions of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

There’s a new way to detect the buildup of tau proteins in living brains, according to research published in the journal Brain. The method uses PET imaging to see in which regions of the brain the protein is accumulating. It may also possibly reveal clues about the potential for Alzheimer’s or other tau-related cognitive diseases in individual patients—and pave the way for new types of Alzheimer’s drugs.

 

To the human eye scrutinizing MR images, brain cancer cells can look a lot like cells killed or damaged by radiation treatment. Now comes a computer program capable of beating neuroradiologists at distinguishing between the two.

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have demonstrated that near-infrared (NIR) light can be used not only to image the brain but also, potentially, to treat it for post-traumatic stress disorder. 

 

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Novel PET compound upends the field at detecting Alzheimer’s-associated amyloid

Washington University researchers say they have developed a novel PET tracer that is significantly better than FDA-approved compounds at detecting amyloid clusters in patients with suspected Alzheimer’s disease. 

Continuous imaging shows cells during limb regeneration

Regeneration of limbs may be restricted to lizards and crustaceans, but science is no less interested in studying just how cells accomplish the amazing feat. For the first time, researchers have been able to record just how epidermal cells act during regrowth after amputation.

Hospital's new intraoperative MRI provides real-time images

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, a part of Miami Children’s Health System, has recently installed a new intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) system that is able to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy brain tissue and improve accuracy for surgeons removing tumors.

MRI captures electric brain stimulation in action

Researchers have developed an MRI method to get a visual on electric currents affecting the human brain immediately after sessions of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

New tau PET tracer carries potential to advance Alzheimer's testing

There’s a new way to detect the buildup of tau proteins in living brains, according to research published in the journal Brain. The method uses PET imaging to see in which regions of the brain the protein is accumulating. It may also possibly reveal clues about the potential for Alzheimer’s or other tau-related cognitive diseases in individual patients—and pave the way for new types of Alzheimer’s drugs.

 
Concussion diagnosis rates rise as awareness grows

Concussion diagnosis rates are rising among teenagers—and researchers think they know why. It might not be that more kids are actually getting hurt, but that coaches, parents and doctors are more aware of the warning signs of adolescent head injuries.

Neuroradiologists beaten by computer at making a key diagnostic distinction on MRI

To the human eye scrutinizing MR images, brain cancer cells can look a lot like cells killed or damaged by radiation treatment. Now comes a computer program capable of beating neuroradiologists at distinguishing between the two.

Near-infrared light shows potential to both image and treat traumatized brains

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have demonstrated that near-infrared (NIR) light can be used not only to image the brain but also, potentially, to treat it for post-traumatic stress disorder. 

MRI may help head off underage drinking

Teens aren’t going to like this: Neuro MRI has helped researchers accurately predict which young persons are likely to become heavy drinkers by the time they turn 18. If readily replicable, the work may suggest modes of pre-problem intervention.

MR-guided brain ultrasound helps rouse coma patient back to consciousness

Neuroscience researchers and clinicians at UCLA have used MR-guided ultrasound to help rouse a recovering coma patient to a more alert state of consciousness. 

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