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Study: Low-fat diet helps fatigue in people with MS
People with multiple sclerosis who for one year followed a plant-based diet very low in saturated fat had much less MS-related fatigue at the end of that year -- and significantly less fatigue than a control group of people with MS who didn't follow the diet, according to an Oregon Health & Science University study being presented today at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. (2014-05-01)

Delving deep into the brain
An MRI sensor allows MIT neuroscientists to map neural activity with molecular precision. (2014-05-01)

MRI shows disrupted connections in the brains of young people with ADHD
A new study has found that children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have disrupted connections between different areas of the brain that are evident on resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging. (2014-04-30)

Surgeons and health care settings influence type of breast cancer surgery women undergo
Breast cancer is one of the few major illnesses for which physicians may not recommend a specific treatment option. North American women are more likely to opt for precautionary breast surgery when physicians don't specifically counsel against it, according to a new study. (2014-04-30)

'Tell-tail' MRI image diagnosis for Parkinson's disease
An image similar in shape to a Swallow's tail has been identified as a new and accurate test for Parkinson's disease. (2014-04-29)

Diabetes duration and severity associated with brain atrophy
Type 2 diabetes may be associated with brain degeneration, according to a new multi-center study. The study also found that, contrary to common clinical belief, diabetes may not be directly associated with small vessel ischemic disease, where the brain does not receive enough oxygenated blood. (2014-04-29)

MRI, on a molecular scale
A team of scientists, led by professor of physics and of applied physics Amir Yacoby, have developed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system that can produce nano-scale images, and may one day allow researchers to peer into the atomic structure of individual molecules. (2014-04-18)

Key milestone for brown fat research with a ground-breaking MRI scan
The first MRI scan to show 'brown fat' in a living adult could prove to be an essential step towards a new wave of therapies to aid the fight against diabetes and obesity. (2014-04-17)

MRI pinpoints region of brain injury in some concussion patients
Researchers using information provided by a magnetic resonance imaging technique have identified regional white matter damage in the brains of people who experience chronic dizziness and other symptoms after concussion. The findings suggest that information provided by MRI can speed the onset of effective treatments for concussion patients. (2014-04-15)

Head injuries can make children loners
The study looked at kids three years after the initial incident and found that lingering injury in the brain's right frontal lobe is associated with lower social competence (participation in groups, number of friends, etc.). The study also suggests that therapy designed to improve working memory might 'treat' the social difficulties. (2014-04-10)

Regular aerobic exercise boosts memory area of brain in older women
Regular aerobic exercise seems to boost the size of the area of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning among women whose intellectual capacity has been affected by age, indicates a small study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (2014-04-08)

Green tea boosts your brain
Green tea is said to have many putative positive effects on health. Now, researchers at the University of Basel are reporting first evidence that green tea extract enhances the cognitive functions, in particular the working memory. The Swiss findings suggest promising clinical implications for the treatment of cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders such as dementia. The academic journal Psychopharmacology has published their results. (2014-04-07)

Vascular changes caused by deep brain stimulation using brain MRI
Deep brain stimulation has been widely used to treat patients with movement disorders and increasing attention has been paid to its use in the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. (2014-04-03)

MRI reveals genetic activity
New MIT technique could help decipher genes' roles in learning and memory. (2014-03-25)

Studies advance potential use Of MRI magnetic fields to treat balance disorders
Expanding on earlier research, Johns Hopkins researchers report that people with balance disorders or dizziness traceable to an inner-ear disturbance show distinctive abnormal eye movements when the affected ear is exposed to the strong pull of an MRI's magnetic field. (2014-03-19)

US headache sufferers get $1 billion worth of brain scans each year, U-M study finds
One in eight visits to a a doctor for a headache or migraine end up with the patient going for a brain scan, at a total cost of about $1 billion a year, a new University of Michigan Medical School study finds. And many of those MRI and CT scans -- and costs -- are probably unnecessary, given the very low odds that serious issues lurk in the patients' brains. (2014-03-17)

New MRI can 'see through' metal screws to follow patients after hip fracture surgery
People who sustain the most common type of hip fracture are at increased risk of complications. A special type of MRI developed at Hospital for Special Surgery can show a detailed image following fracture repair, without the distortion caused by metal surgical screws that are problematic in standard MRIs. (2014-03-11)

Traffic-related air pollution associated with changes in right ventricular structure and function
Exposure to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is associated with changes in the right ventricle of the heart that may contribute to the known connection between air pollution exposure and heart disease, according to a new study. (2014-03-07)

Ultra-high-field MRI may allow earlier diagnosis of Parkinson's disease
New research shows that ultra-high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides detailed views of a brain area implicated in Parkinson's disease, possibly leading to earlier detection of a condition that affects millions worldwide. (2014-03-05)

Carotid artery MRI helps predict likelihood of strokes and heart attacks
Noninvasive imaging of carotid artery plaque with MRI can accurately predict future cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. (2014-03-04)

Researchers make the invisible visible
As the first in the world, researchers from Aarhus have shown that a new scanning technique can see changes in metabolism that have until now remained invisible, while they are taking place. (2014-02-23)

Study of jazz players shows common brain circuitry processes music and language
The brains of jazz musicians engrossed in spontaneous, improvisational musical conversation showed robust activation of brain areas traditionally associated with spoken language and syntax, which are used to interpret the structure of phrases and sentences. But this musical conversation shut down brain areas linked to semantics -- those that process the meaning of spoken language, according to results of a study by Johns Hopkins researchers. (2014-02-19)

Neuropsychological assessment more efficient than MRI for tracking disease progression
Investigators at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, have shown that progression of disease in memory clinic patients can be tracked efficiently with 45 minutes of neuropsychological testing. MRI measures of brain atrophy were shown to be less reliable to pick up changes in the same patients. (2014-02-18)

Technique allows for radiation-free detection of tumors, Stanford/Packard study finds
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford have developed a way to scan young cancer patients' bodies for tumors without exposing them to radiation. The technique could reduce patients' risk of developing secondary cancers later in life. (2014-02-18)

Two parents with Alzheimer's disease? Disease may show up decades early on brain scans
People who are dementia-free but have two parents with Alzheimer's disease may show signs of the disease on brain scans decades before symptoms appear, according to a new study published in the Feb. 12, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2014-02-12)

New imaging technique can diagnose common heart condition
A new imaging technique for measuring blood flow in the heart and vessels can diagnose a common congenital heart abnormality, bicuspid aortic valve, and may lead to better prediction of complications. The study revealed a previously unknown relationship between heart valve abnormalities, blood flow changes in the heart and aortic disease. (2014-02-11)

MRI to offer advances in treatment for chronic kidney disease
Detailed structural and functional (2014-02-10)

Nanoparticle pinpoints blood vessel plaques
A team of researchers, led by scientists at Case Western Reserve University, has developed a multifunctional nanoparticle that enables magnetic resonance imaging to pinpoint blood vessel plaques caused by atherosclerosis. The technology is a step toward creating a non-invasive method of identifying plaques vulnerable to rupture -- the cause of heart attack and stroke -- in time for treatment. (2014-02-06)

Study shows potential usefulness of non-invasive measure of heart tissue scarring
Scarring of tissue in the upper chamber of the heart (atrium) was associated with recurrent rhythm disorder after treatment, according to a study in the February 5 issue of JAMA. (2014-02-04)

MRIs help predict which atrial fibrillation patients will benefit from catheter ablation
A new type of contrast MRI can predict which heart patients with atrial fibrillation are most likely to benefit from a treatment called catheter ablation, according to a landmark multi-center study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2014-02-04)

Study supports 3-D MRI heart imaging to improve treatment of atrial fibrillation
A University of Utah-led study for treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation provides strong clinical evidence for the use of 3-D MRI to individualize disease management and improve outcomes. (2014-02-04)

Clinical education initiatives increase clinical effectiveness of imaging examinations
The February issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology focuses on a variety of issues relating to clinical practice, practice management, health services and policy, and radiology education and training. (2014-02-03)

Imaging technique shows brain anatomy change in women with multiple sclerosis, depression
A multicenter research team led by Cedars-Sinai neurologist Nancy Sicotte, MD, an expert in multiple sclerosis and state-of-the-art imaging techniques, used a new, automated technique to identify shrinkage of a mood-regulating brain structure in a large sample of women with MS who also have a certain type of depression. (2014-01-30)

What makes us human?: Unique brain area linked to higher cognitive powers
Oxford University researchers have identified an area of the human brain that appears unlike anything in the brains of some of our closest relatives. The brain area pinpointed is known to be intimately involved in some of the most advanced planning and decision-making processes that we think of as being especially human. (2014-01-28)

Brain structure, function predict future memory performance in children, adolescents
Brain structure and function may predict a child's future memory performance, according to a Jan. 29 study in The Journal of Neuroscience. The findings suggest magnetic resonance imaging and other tools may one day help identify children at risk for developmental challenges earlier than existing testing methods allow. (2014-01-28)

Researchers developing new approach for imaging dense breasts for abnormalities
Dartmouth engineers and radiologists develop new approach for diagnostic imaging of dense breasts with suspicious lesions. MRI/near-infrared spectroscopy technique offers greater flexibility, speed, and accuracy. Technology shows promise for improving MRI's ability to distinguish cancer from benign abnormalities. (2014-01-24)

Highly reliable brain-imaging protocol identifies delays in premature infants
Infants born prematurely are at elevated risk for cognitive, motor, and behavioral deficits -- the severity of which was, until recently, almost impossible to accurately predict in the neonatal period with conventional brain-imaging technology. But physicians may now be able to identify the premature infants most at risk for deficits as well as the type of deficit, enabling them to quickly initiate early neuroprotective therapies, by using highly reliable 3-D MRI imaging techniques developed by clinician scientists. (2014-01-24)

New Penn index detects early signs of deviation from normal brain development
Researchers at Penn Medicine have generated a brain development index from MRI scans that captures the complex patterns of maturation during normal brain development. This index will allow clinicians and researchers for the first time to detect subtle, yet potentially critical early signs of deviation from normal development during late childhood to early adult. (2014-01-21)

Stem cell therapy following meniscus knee surgery may reduce pain, restore meniscus
A single stem cell injection following meniscus knee surgery may provide pain relief and aid in meniscus regrowth, according to a novel study appearing in the January issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. (2014-01-16)

Parietal gray matter volume changes may be associated with early PD memory deficits
Research by a team of investigators in Finland suggests that the free recall memory deficits common even in early stages Parkinson's disease are related to structural changes in the brain, specifically parietal cortical gray matter volume. Their findings are published in the current issue of the Journal of Parkinson's Disease. (2014-01-16)

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