Imaging

Preventive Neuroradiology in Brain Aging and Cognitive Decline

A new review published online in American Journal of Neuroradiology highlights the concept that cognitive decline can be identified early and prevented by applying quantitative brain imaging techniques. [More]

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Sixth Annual Chair Summit Begins This Week

This week a Master Class for Neuroscience Development called the Chair Summit takes place in Tampa, FL (Sept 26-28, 2013). In the early days of medical training in Kos, students, trainees and medical colleagues would gather to discuss their cases and the latest science with Hippocrates.  This model of education was maintained throughout the centuries […]

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L-Dopa Improves Decision-Making In Older Adults

A study published online  in Nature Neuroscience has demonstrated that a drug widely used to treat Parkinson’s Disease can help to reverse age-related impairments in decision making in some older people.  Researchers from Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging describe the changes in the patterns of brain activity of adults in their seventies that help to […]

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By R Kennedy | Cognition . Genetics . Imaging . Memory . Neuroscience
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First Guidelines for Amyloid Imaging in Alzheimer’s Released

Published today, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and the Alzheimer’s Association have jointly published the first criteria for the appropriate use of this imaging technology to aid in the diagnosis of people with suspected Alzheimer’s disease. Recently has it become possible to create high-quality images of the brain plaques characteristic of […]

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New Imaging Shows Brain Structures Affected by Parkinson’s Disease

A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique allows scientists to see what was previously theorized – the degeneration of two brain structures affected by Parkinson’s disease. Developed at MIT a technique which combines several types of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), could allow doctors to better monitor patients’ progression and track the effectiveness of potential new […]

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By R Kennedy | Imaging . MRI . Parkinson's Disease
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Regular Physical Activity Can Reduce Risk of Dementia in Older People

A new study published in the journal Stroke reports that older,  non-disabled individuals who engage in regular physical activity reduced their risk of vascular dementia by 40 percent and risk of any type of cognitive impairment by 60 percent. The prospective European study included 639 people in their 60s and 70s; 55 percent were women […]

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Brain Regions Involved in Transition From Acute to Chronic Pain

Neuroscience researchers have been searching for years using imaging studies to find changes in brain structure and function that correlate with persistent pain. A recent study in Nature Neuroscience studied patients (n=40) with subacute back pain (SBP) lasting 4–16 weeks, with no prior back pain for at least 1 year. Brain scans were conducted on […]

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By R Kennedy | Brain Scan . Imaging . Pain . Radiology
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Distraction Can Reduce Pain

According to a report published in Current Biology, reduced pain perception while being distracted from pain is an everyday example of how cognitive processes can interfere with pain perception. Researchers from the University Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany, using high-resolution spinal fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) as people experienced painful levels of heat, demonstrated that mental […]

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By R Kennedy | Cognition . Imaging . Pain
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