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Category: PET Scan
Last updated: Jul 13 2014 19:03 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Alzheimer’s researchers hunt for new tools to identify disease’s onset 13.7.2014 Washington Post

A simple test of a person’s ability to identify odors and noninvasive eye exams might someday help doctors learn whether their patients are at risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research to be presented Sunday.

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Clippers sale: Trial to review Shelly Sterling's actions 1.7.2014 LA Times: Opinion
A trial into whether Shelly Sterling had the right to sell the Clippers will not focus on her husband's mental capacity, but instead will review if she acted properly under the terms of a family trust and if Donald Sterling could legally kill the deal after it appeared set.
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Court to hold trial on plan to sell Clippers 12.6.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling asked a Los Angeles probate court Wednesday to uphold her negotiated sale of the team for $2 billion despite her husband's objections, her attorney said.
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Donald Sterling's mental capabilities to be focus of court hearing 12.6.2014 LA Times: Top News
For vegetative patients, a brain scan may detect hope of recovery 16.4.2014 Chicago Tribune: Health
In the netherworld that lies between death and full consciousness, some grievously injured or ill patients will remain suspended indefinitely. But others, given time, will eke their way out of the twilight and toward recovery. Accurately predicting which group an apparently vegetative patient falls into could bring comfort, solace and sometimes hope to their families--and also to the patients involved, who may wish to convey they are still "in there," or may feel pain that is not being addressed.
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Today on New Scientist 16.4.2014 New Scientist: Health
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Digital mirror reveals what lies under your skin 16.4.2014 New Scientist: Living World
Step in front of a mirror and see your skin and flesh stripped away, revealing your organs ...
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Study finds PET scans can refine diagnoses of vegetative states 16.4.2014 Twincities.com: Nation

People with severe brain injuries sometimes emerge from a coma awake but unresponsive, leaving families with painful questions. Are they aware? Can they think and feel? Do they have any chance of recovery?

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Scans can be vital in judging severity of brain damage 16.4.2014 New Scientist: Focus on America
Doctors use beside observation to gauge consciousness in people with brain damage, but PET scans may be more accurate at predicting ...
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Digital mirror revelas what lies under your skin 15.4.2014 New Scientists HIV
Step in front of a mirror and see your skin and flesh stripped away, revealing your organs below
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Amyloid PET scans for Alzheimer's: 'the latest campaign for overdiagnosis' 10.4.2014 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/liz west “Impressive as scanning technologies are, positrons are unlikely to light the path to healthy brain aging," says Dr. Susan Molchan. A commentary published this week in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine offers a fascinating glimpse at how and why the U.S. health-care system leads the world in overdiagnosis and overtreatment. The commentary is written by Dr. Susan Molchan, who is currently a private-practice psychiatrist in Bethesda, Md., but who also has practiced nuclear medicine — and conducted research in that field for the National Institutes of Health. Nuclear medicine physicians perform and interpret the results of a variety of nuclear medicine tests, including positron emission tomography (PET) scans. It was because of her expertise in PET scans — and in Alzheimer’s disease — that Molchan found herself at a “late-breaking, special” session at the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference (AAIC) (the world’s largest medical meeting on that disease) in Boston last ...
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Blood test could predict Alzheimer's 9.3.2014 CNN: Top Stories
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have developed a blood test for Alzheimer's disease that predicts with astonishing accuracy whether a healthy person will develop the disease.
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Abnormalities found in adult children of Alzheimer's patients 13.2.2014 Twincities.com: Nation

The brains of adults who have elderly parents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease betray troubling hallmarks of the same disease even in middle age, when the memory and mental skills of these grown children are still perfectly normal, a new study finds.

Ex-players fear dementia based on unproven tests 28.1.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
After thousands of hits to his head and confronted with troubling symptoms, NFL Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure is sure he has the devastating brain disease CTE -- even though the strongest scientific evidence says it can only be diagnosed in the dead.
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Concussions May Increase Alzheimer's Risk, But Only For Some 27.12.2013 NPR News
Head injuries have long been considered a risk factor for Alzheimer's, but the evidence on that is mixed. A study finds that people who have memory problems decades after a concussion are more likely to have the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's.
Did Brain Scans Just Save a Convicted Murderer From the Death Penalty? 12.12.2013 Wired Top Stories
Did Brain Scans Just Save a Convicted Murderer From the Death Penalty?
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Food for thought: Will almonds be part of a cancer-fighting arsenal one day? 11.11.2013 MSNBC
Food for thought: Will almonds be part of a cancer-fighting arsenal one day?
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Misinformation blamed in Ontario cancer patient’s attempt to get treatment in Manitoba 18.10.2013 Toronto Star: Living
Ontario’s Health Minister Deb Matthews blames paperwork errors as the reason Ontario residents and their doctors have hit roadblocks trying to access medical care in other provinces. The problem, she said, is now “fixed.” Matthews addressed the issue after the Toronto Star reported the story of Wes Bland , a Kenora, Ont., resident who was forced to drive six hours to Thunder Bay for a cancer test he could have received at a Winnipeg hospital, about two hours from his home. “It was unfortunate that patients got caught up in this,” Matthews told the Star. “It appears that the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority sent out notices to physicians with information that wasn’t accurate,” including references to outdated forms and containing incorrect contact details and instructions on how and when doctors should seek prior approval for tests, she said. Bland said he was “stunned” by the news. His wife Nancy, 46, described it as ...
Ontario rules force man on long journey for cancer test 17.10.2013 Toronto Star: Living
Wes Bland needs treatment for lung cancer. That is why his family doctor in Kenora, Ont., sent him to a specialist at a nearby major medical centre in Winnipeg, roughly a two-hour drive away. In Winnipeg, Bland said he was told he had cancer and would be operated on at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg to remove the tissue, which would also be tested to determine conclusively if he has the disease. Bland was told his chances were good and he returned home to Kenora to await the date of his next Winnipeg appointment. But instead, a hitch resulted in him driving almost six hours to Thunder Bay for a test he could have received in Winnipeg. Before surgery, the Winnipeg specialist wanted Bland to have a positron emission tomography (PET) scan to reveal if the shadow on his lung, which his doctors are confident is cancer, has spread. The hospital in Winnipeg has the equipment and Northern Ontario residents are entitled to cross-border care paid for by provincial insurance. After waiting two ...
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What Should Make A Hospital CEO's Paycheck Bigger? 15.10.2013 NPR: Healthcare
Running a hospital that scores well on keeping more patients alive or providing extensive charity care doesn't translate into a compensation bump for top executives. Nonprofit hospitals have been under scrutiny for paying high salaries to chief executives while skimping on benefits for their communities.
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