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Physical activity sustains gray matter volume in the brain of older adults, according to recent findings from Rush University Medical Center researchers in Chicago.  

Researchers from King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and the University of Roehampton in London have found a way to suppress verbal hallucinations in individuals with schizophrenia through video games. 

Researchers from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center used 3D imaging to show molecular transactions that occur during the earliest stages of pregnancy, according to a recent Cincinnati Children's release.  

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has approved domestic production of technetium-99m (Tc-99m), the most commonly used radioactive imaging isotopes.

The sound of music can speak to one's soul in myriad ways. Musical genres can also affect the brain in varying ways.


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PET/CT a sharp-eyed ally against comeback thyroid cancer

Postsurgical medullary thyroid cancer patients who have elevated calcitonin levels, which can indicate that the cancer has returned, are well served with follow-up PET/CT using the radiotracer 18F-DOPA (fluorine-18-L-dihydroxyphenylalanine), according to a small study published online May 30 in Nuclear Medicine Communications.

SPECT study shows ‘fish oil’ fatty acids benefiting the brain

A study running in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease bears out a correlation between higher concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in the bloodstream with both better neurocognitive function and increased perfusion in regions of the brain that handle learning, memory, depression and dementia.

Pennsylvania patient area's first to receive ultrasound treatment for essential tremor

John Lukens, 61, who suffered from bilateral essential tremor (ET) for about a decade, recently became the first patient in Pennsylvania to receive MR-guided Focused Ultrasound Treatment (MRgFUS) for ET.

Bipolar individuals have abnormalities in frontal, temporal regions of brain

An international consortium spanning 76 centers published a large MRI study that found abnormalities in brain regions controlling inhibition and emotion in individuals with bipolar disorder.

Neuroimaging data used to construct viable aging biomarker

U.K. and Aussie researchers have introduced a clinically relevant neuroimaging biomarker of aging-related brain deterioration and, in the process, shown how brain age predicts mortality.  

3-modality fusion imaging may illuminate surgical guidance

Researchers at Pohang University in South Korea have demonstrated a three-modality method of fusion imaging that uses a photoacoustic component to deliver high-resolution visualization, suggesting the potential to supply comprehensive image guidance in real time during various surgeries.

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.