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COVID-19 set back Alzheimer’s disease research

AuntMinnie

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research centers saw a 77% drop in participants enrolling in clinical trials due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study conducted by epidemiologists at the University of Pittsburgh. Few recruitment approaches have been directly tested via intervention trials at Alzheimer’s disease centers, they added.

Disease 138
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New tau PET tracer shows promise in Alzheimer’s disease patients

AuntMinnie

PET imaging using a newly developed radiotracer has identified different patterns of brain tau pathology over time in early-onset versus late-onset Alzheimer’s disease patients, according to a study published February 1 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The team prospectively enrolled 52 participants (age, 69.7 ± 8.4 years;

Disease 130
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Routine Chest CT Exams Can Identify Patients at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

MedImaging General Imaging

New research has found that routine chest CT exams can identify patients at risk for cardiovascular disease, presenting an “untapped population health resource” for the specialty.

Disease 95
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AI boosts CTPA's ability to predict lung disease survival

AuntMinnie

The percentage of lung fibrosis quantified on CT pulmonary angiograms (CTPA) by an AI model is associated with increased risk of mortality -- and boosts clinicians' ability to predict the survival of lung disease patients, researchers have found. The results were published February 6 in Radiology. Images courtesy of the RSNA. "[We

Disease 116
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Benign breast disease found on percutaneous biopsy ups cancer risk

AuntMinnie

Benign breast disease diagnosed through percutaneous biopsy increases the overall risk of developing breast cancer, according to research published December 13 in JAMA Surgery. Benign breast disease makes up about 75% of breast biopsy diagnoses. The study included data from 4,819 women with a median age of 51.

Disease 122
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NIH highlights PET study in Parkinson’s disease

AuntMinnie

National Institutes of Health (NIH) has highlighted a study that shows cardiac PET scans can help identify people at risk for Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. Significantly, the research supports a “body first” progression model for the diseases, the researchers suggested. “We

Disease 114
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PET links impaired sleep in Alzheimer’s disease patients to tau protein

AuntMinnie

PET scans have revealed specific brain pathology that may drive sleep disturbances in Alzheimer’s disease patients, according to a study published February 8 in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences. Of these, 119 (43%) had normal cognition, 132 (24%) had mild cognitive impairment, and three (2%) had Alzheimer’s disease.

Disease 110