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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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