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Neuroimaging

 

Head trauma and sports—most notably football but also hockey, soccer and boxing—have been the focus of plenty of media coverage. Recent studies have shown an overwhelming majority of deceased football player’s brains contained evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

A team of Italian researchers used resting-state fMRI to examine functional connectivity abnormalities in the brain in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). They wanted to see how abnormalities in cerebellar dentate nuclei (DNs) affect an individual’s balance, posture and muscle tone.

New research from a Spanish team of researchers used MRI to explore whether subclinical obsessive-compulsive symptoms in children could be related to the brain’s structure.

In rare cases, brain lesions can lead previously law-abiding individuals to criminal behavior. Researchers, led by Ryan Darby, MD, an assistant professor of neurology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, examined MRI and CT scans to see if such injuries can lead to deteriorated decision-making and a disregard for morality.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that females are more likely to experience sports-related concussions (SRCs) than males, narrowing the research gap of sex specific predictors of occurrence and recovery from SRCs.

 

Recent Headlines

MRI shows structural difference in cerebral cortices of patients with depression

Researchers from the Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles found structural differences in the cerebral cortex of patients with depression when examining brain MRI.

Can blueberry concentrate improve brain function in older patients?

A new study published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism found that consuming blueberry concentrate over a 12-week period might help improve brain function in healthy older adults. 

NeuroVision to participate in Alzheimer’s A4 clinical trial

NeuroVision Imaging will take part in a new substudy with investigators at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and the University of Southern California as they take part in a landmark anti-amyloid treatment in asymptomatic Alzheimer’s (A4) clinical trial.

Study suggests ADHD is a disorder of the brain

A group of researchers who used neuroimaging to study the brain regions in children and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have found the condition should be considered a brain disorder.

MRI detects signs of autism in high-risk infants

Researchers, who used MRI on infants who have older siblings with autism, were able to correctly predict about 80 percent of those infants who would later develop autism.

Engineering company to test thrombectomy device in clinical trial

Amnis Therapeutics, a biomedical engineering company in Israel, has received approval from the Karolinska Institute, a medical university in Stockholm, Sweden, to use its neuro-thrombectomy device on patients for the first time in a clinical trial.

Parental obesity linked to slow development in children

A new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found a link between slow development in young children and obesity rates of parents.

fMRI used to analyze psychotropic drug use in autistic patients

Neuroscientists from Rutgers University have found that trying to control bodily movement and treating children with autism using psychotropic drugs may worsen their neuromotor problems.

 
Could herpes meds slow down the onset of Alzheimer’s?

Existing research that shows a medication designed to treat herpes could also be beneficial to individuals suffering with Alzheimer’s. The treatment is being tested in a new clinical study.

Study: Brains of NFL players contain increased localized injuries, changes in white matter

For years now, research has emerged to show the effects of playing football—including repetitive concussive and sub-concussive hits—may lead to major brain damage. Now, a new study further explores the topic and affirms that players in the National Football League (NFL) could be at a higher risk for brain injuries.

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