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Despite what countless click-bait advertisements may promise, “one simple hack” rarely changes your life. But a new imaging technology from Duke University Health System may pack plenty of potential for changing ultrasonic capabilities.

A new study conducted by a team of researchers led by Michel Grothe of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Rostock, Germany, announced the development of a four-stage model of regional amyloid beta (Aβ) protein deposition that can be found in patients with Alzheimer's, according to an article by Alzforum. 

Longer gestation during normal pregnancy is associated with significantly greater development of white matter in babies’ brains. However, similar associations are no longer present by the time children are 8 years old. The lack may confirm that white-matter development in the brains of preemies tends to catch up as these children grow.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of shuteye per night for adults between 26 and 64. Using functional MRI, researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Mental Health in Tokyo have shown why getting less often leads to bad moods and poor emotional health.

Following percutaneous interventions for malignant liver lesions, patients are ably assessed with a combination of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) and perfusion-imaging software, according to the authors of a study published online September 25 in Ultraschall in der Medizin/European Journal of Ultrasound.

 

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Ultrasound, other tests point to chronic shoulder problems for swimmers

The finding isn’t likely to sway Katie Ledecky or other swimmers from training for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but a small study at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit has shown that long competitive careers in the pool can saddle these athletes with chronically reduced mechanical properties in muscles and tendons of the shoulder, heightening the likelihood of rotator cuff damage.

Brain MRI just one ‘algorithm feeder’ for new Alzheimer’s calculator

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have demonstrated a machine-learning algorithm that combines neuroimaging with neurophysiological, proteomic and genomic diagnostics to predict Alzheimer’s disease early on in its advance.

When kidneys are injured, CT contrast isn’t the culprit

Intravenous CT contrast does no harm to patients’ kidneys, according to a meta-analysis of 28 medical-journal articles involving more than 107,000 patients.

GE goes to market with new MRI co-designed with the NFL

GE Healthcare has won FDA 510(k) clearance to sell a 3-T MRI system developed with input from several neuroimaging research institutions as well as the National Football League.

Imaging biomarkers of impairing brain injuries identified in athletes

Combining structural MRI, diffusion-weighted MRI and multivariate analysis, researchers at Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas have identified seven biomarkers of early brain damage related to cognitive decline in athletes who’ve taken a lot of blows to the head. 

Fast, gadolinium-free whole-body cancer imaging proves feasible for young patients

Stanford researchers have developed a PET/MRI system for whole-body staging of solid tumors in young people that uses an iron supplement rather than a gadolinium-based MRI contrast agent and yields accurate results in less than an hour.

Yoga-trained brains of older women appear stronger on MRI

Practicing yoga builds cortical thickness in the prefrontal brain, possibly helping practitioners stay cognitively sharp in their later years.

Functional MRI shows generosity sparking happiness

Researchers have found a link in the brain between giving and contentment, observing an increase in neural activity when participants were deciding to treat someone to something nice and feeling good about it.

Multimodal MRI of the brain’s visual system can catch Parkinson’s early on

Early-stage Parkinson’s disease shows up on MRI in parts of the brain connected to the eyes, which may help clinicians confirm the diagnosis, follow the disease’s progression and monitor the patient’s response to drug treatments, according to a small Italian study published online July 11 in RSNA’s Radiology.

As a metastasis finder, whole-body MRI wins some, loses some

Whole-body diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) very nearly matches conventional imaging when it comes to finding metastases in the liver and bones of cancer patients. That’s the good news for whole-body DWI.

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