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Molecular Imaging


A new multimodal imaging approach produced highly-advanced molecular three-dimensional (3D) images of staph infection and may be instrumental in fighting antibiotic resistant infections, according to research published online March 14 in Science Translational Medicine.

Scientists from the University of São Paulo Medical School in Brazil have found that individuals who identify as transgender have volumetric difference in their brains and subsequently may interpret body image in various ways, according to a recent press release from the São Paulo Research Foundation. 

Researchers used a high temporal resolution functional MRI (fMRI) data to examine the difference in the timing between brain activation areas by analyzing the task onset time of the statistical model shifted from the actual stimulation timing.

Exposure to air pollution during fetal life may severely alter a child's brain structure and pose long-term effects, according to a study published online Feb. 4 in Biological Psychiatry.  

Researchers from Stanford University and two universities in China have recently developed a PET scan-compatible imaging agent that may help predict which lung cancer patients would benefit from a widely used drug or treatment, according to a recent Stanford news release.


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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.

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.