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Observing brain network dynamics to diagnose Alzheimer's

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Graphic: Different brain scans lined up [17/07/2015] New research provides insights into how the brain organizes itself, and sets the stage for early diagnosis of neurological disorders like Alzheimer's, in which these certain brain networks break down.Observing brain network dynamics to diagnose Alzheimer's - Read more

Geometry of brain's outer surface correlates with genetic heritage

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Photo: Image of brain [10/07/2015] Researchers at the University of California, San Diego and the School of Medicine have found that the three-dimensional shape of the cerebral cortex – the wrinkled outer layer of the brain controlling many functions of thinking and sensation – strongly correlates with ancestral background.Geometry of brain's outer surface correlates with genetic heritage - Read more

ECG measurements: "Our chest strap moistens itself"

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[01/07/2015] When measuring myocardial activity, it is important for the skin to always stay moist under the electrodes of the ECG. Only then can data be consistently transferred. Athletes have an easier time with this: they are used to sweating. This is a lot harder for older patients.ECG measurements: "Our chest strap moistens itself" - Read more

Brain lesions in children challenging to diagnose

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Photo: Image of brain [10/06/2015] Brain lesions in children can be especially challenging to diagnose, according to a report by a multidisciplinary team of Loyola University Medical Center physicians. Lesions include tumors, abnormal blood vessel formations and abscesses and inflammation due to infections.Brain lesions in children challenging to diagnose - Read more

Strokes steal 8 years' worth of brain function

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Photo: Images of brain [08/06/2015] Having a stroke ages a person's brain function by almost eight years, new research finds - robbing them of memory and thinking speed as measured on cognitive tests. In both black and white patients, having had a stroke meant that their score on a 27-item test of memory and thinking speed had dropped as much as it would have if they had aged 7.9 years overnight.Strokes steal 8 years' worth of brain function - Read more

Our brains prepare us to be social while resting

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Photo: Girl looking to her side [29/05/2015] A new study by University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) neuroscientists sheds light on why Facebook is such a popular diversion for people who feel like taking a break. Their research shows that even during quiet moments, our brains are preparing us to be socially connected to other people.Our brains prepare us to be social while resting - Read more

"Neuromonitoring during lesser pelvis surgery is still uncharted territory"

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Graphic: Drawing of the human sacrum [08/05/2015] The bowel is surrounded by a dense plexus of nervous tissue that presents problems for surgeons. On the one hand, it is difficult to distinguish from the surrounding tissue; while on the other hand, sometimes portions of it need to be removed when parts of the colon are removed. Yet injuring these nerves can result in permanent damage."Neuromonitoring during lesser pelvis surgery is still uncharted territory" - Read more

Chemobrain: Cancer diagnosis affects cognitive function

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Photo: Young woman leans against a wall, tired [21/04/2015] Breast cancer patients often display mild cognitive defects even before the initiation of chemotherapy. A new study by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich researchers now attributes the syndrome to post-traumatic stress induced by diagnosis of the disease.Chemobrain: Cancer diagnosis affects cognitive function - Read more

Multiple sclerosis: A riddle of the blood-brain barrier solved

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Photo: Loop with a script Multiple Sclerosis [10/04/2015] The creation and progression of multiple sclerosis present scientists with many riddles. Now researchers from the universities of Würzburg and Amsterdam have succeeded in resolving an apparent contradiction in the findings to date. Their work will contribute to a better understanding of the impact of treatments at the so-called blood-brain barrier.Multiple sclerosis: A riddle of the blood-brain barrier solved - Read more

Low-frequency magnetic fields and development of Alzheimer's disease

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Photo: Microscope image [09/04/2015] Low-frequency alternating magnetic fields such as those generated by overhead power lines are considered a potential health risk because epidemiological studies indicate that they may aggravate, among other things, neurodegenerative disorders. However, a recent study has produced no evidence that these fields can cause exacerbation or accelerated disease development in relevant mouse models.Low-frequency magnetic fields and development of Alzheimer's disease - Read more

 
 

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