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Depressing brain scans

Date: Apr 1, 2009

Author: David Bradley

The first study of its kind has used MRI to demonstrate how changes in cortical thickness may surprisingly relate brain structure to clinical depression. The large-scale US study suggests that a thinning of the right hemisphere of the brain could be a risk factor for depression.

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Neuroimaging assessment of memory-related brain structures in a rat model of acute space-like radiation

Date: Mar 24, 2009

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The pupose of this study was to investigate the acute effects on the central nervous system (CNS) of 56Fe radiation, a component of high-energy charged particles (HZE) in space radiation, using quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) noninvasively.

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Propagation improves MRI

Date: Mar 1, 2009

Author: David Bradley

Swiss researchers have succeeded in exciting and imaging nuclear magnetic resonance in the human body in a way that could represent a paradigm shift for imaging.

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Assessment of metabolic changes in the striatum of a rat model of parkinsonism: an in vivo 1H MRS study

Date: Feb 24, 2009

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Degeneration of the dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta in Parkinson's disease induces an abnormal activation of the glutamatergic neurotransmission system within the basal ganglia network and related structures. The aim of this study was to use proton MRS to show metabolic changes in the striatum of 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned rats, a rodent animal model of Parkinson's disease.

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Nano MRI

Date: Feb 1, 2009

Author: David Bradley

Researchers at IBM working with a team at Stanford University have demonstrated MRI with a volume resolution 100 million times better than possible conventional systems. The technology could herald single-cell MRI.

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Recent advances in breast MRI and MRS

Date: Jan 27, 2009

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Breast MRI is an area of intense research and is fast becoming an important tool for the diagnosis of breast cancer. This review, taken from the current Breast MRI Special Issue of NMR in Biomedicine covers recent advances in breast MRI, MRS, and image post-processing and analysis.

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Crime and punishment

Date: Jan 1, 2009

Author: David Bradley

A truly interdisciplinary collaboration between biology, law and neuroscience at Vanderbilt University has used functional magnetic resonance imaging fMRI to watch how the brain changes when a person thinks about crime and punishment.

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Monitoring response to chemotherapy of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma xenografts by T2-weighted and diffusion-weighted MRI

Date: Dec 18, 2008

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An effective method for in vivo detection of early therapeutic response of patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma would enable personalized clinical management of cancer therapy and facilitate the design of optimal treatment regimens. This study evaluates the feasibility of T2-weighted MRI and diffusion-weighted MRI for in vivo detection of response of human diffuse large B-cell lymphoma xenografts in severe combined immunodeficient mice to chemotherapy.

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Minestrone and magnetic resonance

Date: Dec 1, 2008

Author: David Bradley

Researchers in the US and France may have overturned decades of theory in magnetic resonance studies by spotting a discrepancy in the way nuclear spins behave. Their new mathematical model of the process improves our understanding of atomic behaviour and could lead to better NMR spectra, sharper magnetic resonance images, and perhaps one day a fully portable MRI machine.

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Voting and image

Date: Nov 1, 2008

Author: David Bradley

Functional magnetic resonance imaging studies reveal that voters are persuaded more by the negative aspects of a politician's looks than by the positive features. The findings apply specifically if the voter was previously unaware of the politician. Ahead of the US elections, voters there should read on but let their political conscience guide their voting decision.

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