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Neuroimaging – News and Features

A purple-stained microscope slide showing two grades of prostate cancer.

Potential New “Gold Standard” Test Could Reduce Deaths From Prostate Cancer

A new study shows that PET/CT imaging using a new tracing agent is more accurate at determining the extent of prostate cancer than the current standard MRI.
Fossil CN-46700.

First Case of Down Syndrome Identified in Neanderthals

An international team including Binghamton anthropologist Rolf Quam documented the first case of Down syndrome in Neandertals by studying the fossil of a child found in a cave in Spain.
Neurons that look like cobwebs.

Novel PET Tracer Detects Parkinson’s Disease in Living Patients

Researchers from Japan have successfully developed a chemical radiotracer that binds to α-synuclein fibrils, harmful protein aggregates typically seen in PD and DLB pathologies.
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Intermittent Fasting Study Offers a Blueprint for Researching Diet’s Effect on the Brain

According to a study, while both diets had equally positive effects on reducing insulin resistance markers, intermittent fasting allowed for stronger improvements in memory and executive function than a standard healthy diet.
A man in a tan jacket and black turtleneck sits thinking and working on a laptop.

How the Brain Prioritizes Urgent Goals Over Non-Urgent Ones

In a new study, researchers have studied how the brain memorizes and updates the goals to be achieved. The study reveals differences in how we process immediate and distant goals at both behavioral and cerebral levels.
A pair of women on the beach, one sitting on a wooden chair and the other standing.

Causal Link Established Between Vascular Traits and Alzheimer’s Disease

Research finds that the most common cerebral small-vessel disease feature seen in brain magnetic resonance imaging is a primary vascular factor associated with dementia risk.
A seated woman undergoing an EEG test, with a computer screen showing the results.
Industry Insight

Advancing Neurotech From Brain Surface to Brain Depths

This article highlights advancements in neurotechnology that were recently presented in three papers at the 2024 VLSI conference.
PET scans showing brain estrogen receptor (ER) density in a premenopausal (left) and a postmenopausal (right) woman.

In Vivo Imaging Reveals Increased Estrogen Receptors in the Post-Menopausal Brain

A new study by Weill Cornell Medicine scientists sheds light on the brain activity changes that occur during menopause. The research used a pioneering brain imaging tool to track estrogenic activity in healthy women for the first time.
A pregnant woman.

Babies’ Brains Impacted by Mother’s Stress During COVID-19 Pandemic

The research from Children’s National Hospital provides mounting evidence that children of the pandemic, even those far too young to understand it, need ongoing assessments of developmental or mental health support later in life.
A person's hand points to a brain scan.

Poor Metabolic Health Is Associated With Memory and Thinking Problems

People with poor metabolic health are more likely to have worse brain health, experiencing memory and thinking problems, reports a new study.