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Molecular Imaging

 

In a recent editorial published in the November issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), Werner Hacke, MD, PhD, DSc, discussed a new era of imaging selections for patients who are looking to benefit from a thrombectomy performed long after the onset of a stroke.

According to a new study published by the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may increase elderly individuals' risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.  

Using PET with the radiotracer 18F-florbetapir, researchers in Sweden have found that the topology of amyloid clusters can help tip off clinicians to the presence and progression of Alzheimer’s disease in patients who don’t yet present symptoms.

Radiology and orthopedics researchers at Stanford have shown the prowess of nuclear imaging for identifying the specific source(s) of pain and reduced mobility in patients with chronic sciatica, a common low-back condition notorious for evading such pinpointing.

The effects of space travel on the human anatomy are extensive to say the least, taking into account the harsh impact zero gravity and the rapid ascension into space have on the bodies of astronauts. Yet, the amount of information detailing the effects spaceflight has on the configuration of astronauts' brains is limited, claimed in a recent study published by The New England Journal of Medicine and funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

 

Recent Headlines

Researchers use electrical neuroimaging to find cause of chronic fatigue syndrome

A team of researchers from the Center for Community Research at DePaul University are using electrical neuroimaging to better understand why the brain is less efficient in people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).

fMRI: Lack of sleep may dim positive thinking in those with anxiety, depression

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine researchers have found that the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (DACC) may have to work harder to modify negative emotional responses in people with poor sleep who have depression or anxiety.

Retired NHL hockey players examined for cognitive and psychological function

Researchers at Baycrest Health Sciences’ Rotman Research Institute found that retired professional ice hockey players involved in their neuropsychological study were free from significant brain impairment on objective testing. However, these players reported a high level of emotional, behavioural and cognitive challenges.

Duke researchers link cerebellum to multiple forms of mental illness

Duke University researchers, who ran personal interviews and brain scans for a study, have become the first to link specific differences in brain structure to what is common across many types of mental illness.  

fMRI shows difference between patience, imagination in the brain

A group of neuroscientists used functional MRI (fMRI) to discover links between being patient and imagination in the brain. According to findings, imagining an outcome before acting upon an impulse may help increase patience without relying on increased willpower.

PET scans show dopamine imbalance during migraine

When patients who suffer from migraine underwent PET scans, researchers found a reduction and fluctuation of dopamine in their brains during the headache attack. 

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.

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