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Neuroimaging – News and Features

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Sleeping Brain Waves May Offer Protection to Epilepsy

Slow waves that usually only occur in the brain during sleep are also present during wakefulness in people with epilepsy and may protect against increased brain excitability associated with the condition, finds a new study led by researchers at UCL.
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Brain Scans From Former NFL Players Identify Repair Protein in the Brain

In a new study using brain scans of former NFL athletes, researchers say they found high levels of a repair protein present long after a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion takes place.
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How the Brain Retrieves Different Types of Memory

Researchers have investigated the shared and unique neural processes that underlie different types of long-term memory: general semantic, personal semantic and episodic memory.
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Heading the Ball Linked to Cognitive Decline in Soccer Players

A new study links soccer heading—where players hit the ball with their heads to direct it during play—to a decline in brain structure and function over a two-year period.
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AI Model Predicts Long-Term Outcomes in Very Premature Babies

Researchers at UMC Utrecht have developed an AI model to predict long-term outcome in extremely premature babies early in life. The model can identify which infants might face intellectual disability as they grow.
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Brain Inflammation May Cause Irritability and Anxiety in Alzheimer's

New research reports that agitation and anxiety seen in Alzheimer's patients may stem from brain inflammation, rather than from tau and amyloid proteins.
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Device Lets Blind People “Hear” Facial Features

Facial recognition is essential to socializing. A new study used a device that reshapes images into sound signals to let blind people “see” facial features. The results have shed new light on the brain areas used to identify and process faces.

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Babies’ Brain Waves Are in Tune to Their Native Language Before Birth

Human babies pick up language at an exceptional pace during their first year of life, but it has mostly been a mystery whether exposure to language before birth primes their brains to acquire a specific language.
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Cancer Blood Tests Can Jumpstart Diagnoses and Targeted Therapy

Blood tests for circulating tumor DNA could be used to detect cancer 18 months prior to clinical diagnosis by CT scan, jumpstarting diagnosis and enabling patients to start targeted therapy quickly.
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Children’s Brains Shaped by Their Time on Tech

Time spent watching television or playing computer games has measurable and long-term effects on children’s brain function, according to a review of 23 years of neuroimaging research.