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Alzheimer's Disease, MRI, Cognitive Impairment

Measuring Brain's Memory Centers May Help Predict Alzheimer's

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown that a fully automated procedure called Volumetric MRI "“ which measures the "memory centers" of the brain and compares them to expected size "“ is effective in predicting the progression from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to Alzheimer's disease. The procedure can be readily used in clinics to measure brain atrophy, and may help physicians to predict decline in MCI patients.

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Depression, Alzheimer's Disease, Donepezil, Aricept, Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors, Memory, Cognition, Thinking Skills, AAN, American Academy Of Neurology, Neurology, Journal Neurology

Depression May Increase Risk of Alzheimer's Disease in People with Memory Problems

People with memory problems who are depressed are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease compared to people who are not depressed, according to a study published in the June 16, 2009, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. However, the research also shows that the popular Alzheimer's drug donepezil may delay the progression to Alzheimer's disease for depressed people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or memory problems.

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Physiology, Neurophysiology, Stroke, grip, Rehabilitation, Na Jin Seo, Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago, Derek Kamper

Study Shows How Stroke Affects Hand Function; Provides Roadmap for Rehab

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A person whose hand function has been affected by a stroke can release an object more quickly when the affected arm is supported on a platform. Muscle-stretching exercises improved how quickly the stroke survivor could grip an object. The findings show how a stroke affects hand function, and provide a roadmap for rehabilitation.

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Huntington's Disease, Huntington's, Neurodegenrative, Transport Diseases

Huntington's Disease Deciphered

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have discovered how the mutated huntington gene acts on the nervous system to create the devastation of Huntington's disease.

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Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Strabismus, Stereo, sue, Stereovision, Vision, Susan, Barry, Oliver, Sacks, Neuronal, Plasticity

Mount Holyoke's 'Stereo Sue' Publishes Memoir on Gaining 3D Vision

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In her new book, Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist's Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions, Mount Holyoke neurobiologist Susan R. Barry's recounts how she defied conventional medical wisdom to train herself to see in three dimensions for the first time at age 48.

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Neurology, Memory, Alzheimer's Disease, Brain Mapping

Amyloid Aggregations and Tau Pathology Reflected by Cortical Thickness in the Default Network of MCI and AD

Alzheimer's disease patients show a relentless decline in memory over the course of the disease, which is accompanied by both brain atrophy and by characteristic deposits in the brain tissue called amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles.

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Brain, Mapping, Neurology, Music

The Rewarding Aspects of Music Listening Involve the Dopaminergic Striatal Reward

Music that gives people "chills" drives the brain's pleasure centers.

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Brain, Mapping, Neurology, pain

Neural Substrates of Controlled and Automatic Processes Involved in Empathy for Pain

Seeing others in pain can automatically engage the brain's empathy systems even if we are not paying attention, according to new research from Mount Sinai School of Medicine presented at the Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping.

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Brain, Mapping, Neurology, Stroke

Behavioral and Neural Effects of Bihemispheric Brain Stimulation on Stroke Recovery

A new treatment for stroke recovery.

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Brain, Mapping, Neurology, Hallucinations

Two Day Treatment of Auditory Hallucinations by High Frequency rTMS Guided by Cerebral Imaging: a 6 Months Follow-up Study

Researchers us a technique called Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat hallucinations.







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