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Breakthrough MRI Study Identifies Three Types of Depression

Breakthrough MRI Study Identifies Three Types of Depression
Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) , researchers have now identified three sub-types of depression, including one type that does not respond to commonly prescribed anti-depressants. Depression is common in the United States and all over the world. About 8.1 percent of American adults over the age of 20 experience depression, according to the re...
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New MRI Procedure Could Help Doctors Understand Association between Fluid Flow and Brain Tumors

New MRI Procedure Could Help Doctors Understand Association between Fluid Flow and Brain Tumors
Advances in imaging technology are helping scientists and doctors see how diseases affect the human body. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) produces detailed pictures of a patient's organs, soft tissues, bones and other structures, for example. The ability to see what is going on inside of a patient without performing surgery allows researchers to g...
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Brain Imaging Provides a Glimpse into Alzheimer’s Disease

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June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month and Longest Day, an event held by the Alzheimer's Association . The purpose of the event is to increase public awareness of Alzheimer's disease, available resources, and information on how people can get involved. The Longest Day takes place from sunrise to sunset on June 21, 2018. Participants engage i...
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Dementia and PTSD Diagnosis: How a 3T MRI Could Help

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Mental health issues, such as dementia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can significantly decrease the quality of life in the patients who suffer them. In many cases, the signs and symptoms of these mental health issues are quite similar; this can lead to incomplete or even inaccurate diagnoses. There is an association between dementia an...
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Using MRIs to Detect Autism in Babies

Using MRIs to Detect Autism in Babies
Is it possible to know as early as infancy when a child is on the autism spectrum? This is a topic debated for years in the medical community. In 2011, researchers at Stanford University discovered a distinct difference in the brain chemistry of children with autism. Specifically, they found that the gray matter had a unique organization. It is bel...
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Scientists Use MRI Scanners to Detect 'Brain Rust' in Schizophrenic Patients

Scientists Use MRI Scanners to Detect 'Brain Rust' in Schizophrenic Patients
Using a new kind of MRI measurement, neuroscientists recently discovered that excessive oxidation in the brain may contribute to schizophrenia. In other words, the same chemical reaction that causes metal to corrode and rust could be damaging brain cells in schizophrenic patients, too. To analyze this, Dr. Fei Du and his colleagues at McLean Hospit...
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My Battle with Epilepsy and How a 3T MRI Made a Difference

My Battle with Epilepsy and How a 3T MRI Made a Difference
When I was diagnosed with epilepsy, it surely came as a shock. I had a basically normal life (for a geek) growing up; I got through high school OK and into college. As far as I was concerned, my brain was just there for me because it seemed to impress people and I was glad to have something impressive about me. But that sto...
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An MRI Can Detect These Life-Threatening Brain Conditions

An MRI Can Detect These Life-Threatening Brain Conditions
Minor headaches can occur for any number of reasons and usually subside after a little bit of rest. The majority of headaches are rarely caused by serious medical problems, but a particularly bad one might make you wonder about tumors, aneurysms, mental illness, or blood clots. If you experience any of the following symptoms, your doctor may w...
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