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For all the challenges faced by preterm babies, limited research explores how birth early in the third trimester can affect hearing and understanding speech. A team of researchers, using MRI, found children born prematurely were more likely to face speech and language problems by the age of 2.

Researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago have two types of technology to predict how well a deaf child can learn language after receiving cochlear implant surgery. 

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.


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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.

Diffusion MRI used to measure brain's local connectome

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MRI reveal differences in brain regions of children with Tourette syndrome

The largest study of brain structure ever reported in children with Tourette syndrome (TS) found that children with the neuropsychiatric disorder appear to have a lower white matter volume in their brain compared to those without it.

‘Placebo effect’ region in brain mapped by fMRI

Researchers at Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) say functional MRI (fMRI) helped derive a brain-based marker predicting the “placebo effect,” potentially leading to treatment plans accounting for patients with high positive responses to placebos.

Medical imaging associated with development of Alzheimer's

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University of Michigan research reveals new theories about PTSD

New research from the University of Michigan suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stems from physical processes in the brain and not from psychological weakness, as many have believed.

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Scientists utilize RNA to map neural networks

An innovative use of RNA sequences has allowed scientists from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to track connections between individual neurons in the brain, according to a study published in Neuron. Invented by Professor Anthony Zador, MD, PhD, the technique is called Multiplexed Analysis of Projections by Sequencing (MAPseq). 

MRIs show Parkinsonian diseases cause unique decline in functional brain activity

A new study allowed researchers to get a look at the way Parkinson’s disease patients’ brains changed over the course of a year through functional MRI scans. The changes observed through fMRI scans of multiple system atrophy (MSA) and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) patients’ and healthy controls’ brains were different across the groups.