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Molecular Imaging

 

According to a recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) press release, new research suggests that genetic variations in the lungs can differentiate between individuals who have stably low lung function early in life (that steadily declines with age) versus those who are at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to smoking.  

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

A team of researchers has proven a new radiotracer, 2-18F-fluorodeoxysorbitol (18F-FDS), more adept at tracking bacterial infection in lungs than current imaging methods, while also distinguishing bacterial infection from inflammation.

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.

PET is already considered the most sensitive non-surgical techniques for studying physiology, metabolism and molecular pathways, but experts believe recent developments may drastically increase its capabilities.

 

Recent Headlines

Brain MRI shows gender-specific approaches should be considered in treating alcoholism

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University School of Medicine used brain MRIs in a new study to find the effects of alcoholism on the brain’s reward system may be different in women and men.

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.

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