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Brain-imaging Tool Used To Identify Concussion-related Abnormal Brain Proteins In Retired NFL Players
2013-01-22 15:04:06

University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences Technique may lead to earlier diagnosis, tracking of brain disorders in athletes Sports-related concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries have grabbed headlines in recent months, as the long-term damage they can cause becomes increasingly evident among both current and former athletes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that millions of these injuries occur each year. Despite the devastating consequences...

2012-02-14 11:35:36

Cognitive loss and brain degeneration currently affect millions of adults, and the number will increase, given the population of aging baby boomers. Today, nearly 20 percent of people age 65 or older suffer from mild cognitive impairment and 10 percent have dementia. UCLA scientists previously developed a brain-imaging tool to help assess the neurological changes associated with these conditions. The UCLA team now reports in the February issue of the journal Archives of Neurology that the...

2011-06-15 06:20:00

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A unique brain scanner is used to allow the assessment of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles- the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease- in adults with Down syndrome. This finding may offer a new clinical tool to help diagnose dementia in adults with Down syndrome. Adults with this disorder develop Alzheimer's-like plaque and tangle deposits early, often before the age of 40. Previously, the only way to physically detect these abnormal proteins in this population was...

2011-06-14 01:33:52

In one of the first studies of its kind, UCLA researchers used a unique brain scan to assess the levels of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles "” the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease "” in adults with Down syndrome. Published in the June edition of the Archives of Neurology, the finding may offer an additional clinical tool to help diagnose dementia in adults with Down syndrome, a genetic disorder caused by the presence of a complete or partial extra copy of chromosome...

2010-01-27 11:15:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Getting started improving your brain health might be the best 2010 resolution you can make. As Dr. Gary Small says, in the best seller The Memory Bible, "It is never too late or too early to start beating the brain-aging game." In 2010, the author is making it easier for adults of all ages to begin employing a lifestyle of brain fitness with the recent digital format release of his best selling brain-fitness books. Dr. Gary Small, one of the world's...

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2009-01-06 11:40:06

Approach combines PET scans with information on patients' Alzheimer's risk UCLA scientists have used innovative brain-scan technology developed at UCLA, along with patient-specific information on Alzheimer's disease risk, to help diagnose brain aging, often before symptoms appear. Published in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, their study may offer a more accurate method for tracking brain aging. Researchers used positron emission tomography (PET), which allows "a window...

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2008-12-04 06:55:00

Some scientists are concerned that time spent online is rewiring teenage brains.   Current concerns go beyond violent video games, which often become the center of public attention.  Some researchers believe the virtual world could be affecting the way humans learn and interact with each other.Dr. Gary Small, a psychiatrist at UCLA, believes daily exposure to digital technologies can alter the way the brain functions.According to Small, the longer one spends with technology,...

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2008-10-28 12:25:00

Neuroscientists believe the Internet is changing the way people live as well as altering the way our brains work. Some argue it is an evolutionary change that will put the tech-savvy at the top of the new social order. Studies have found that Internet searching and text messaging have made brains more adept at filtering information and making snap decisions, said Gary Small, a neuroscientist at UCLA in California who specializes in brain function. He says that technology can accelerate...

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2008-10-14 11:52:36

UCLA scientists have found that for computer-savvy middle-aged and older adults, searching the Internet triggers key centers in the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning. The findings demonstrate that Web search activity may help stimulate and possibly improve brain function. The study, the first of its kind to assess the impact of Internet searching on brain performance, is currently in press at the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and will appear in an upcoming...

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2005-12-15 12:05:00

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK -- Memory exercises and stress reduction coupled with a healthy diet and regular physical exercise improves memory in older adults, a study shows. This four-component lifestyle program "not only improved memory but also improved brain efficiency in just two short weeks," study chief Dr. Gary Small from the University of California, Los Angeles told Reuters Health. "Initially, we were skeptical that we could have an impact in such a brief period of time but we were...


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