fMRI study sheds light on age-related memory decline

Functional MRI (fMRI) offers clues as to which memory lapses in older adults are part of normal aging and which may indicate early stages...

Gastrointestinal ultrasound can help evaluate IBD

Gastrointestinal ultrasound (GIUS) accurately and noninvasively assesses disease activity in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a review. Mucosal healing is the current...

Medical isotope production resumes in SA after three-month shutdown

After a three-month shutdown, NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), the subsidiary of state-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) that produces medical isotopes used in diagnostic imaging and...

Researchers release largest data set of brain MRI from stroke patients

Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) have archived and shared the Anatomical Tracings of Lesion After Stroke (ATLAS), an open-source data set of brain...

Oncological outcomes of ureteroscopy before radical nephroureterectomy

While the use of ureteroscopy can aid diagnosis of upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) before nephroureterectomy, there are theoretical risks of disease spreading and...

Dealing with difficult medical colleagues

In the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics a topic that is seldom discussed in medical journals is analysed. Current health care requires effective collaboration among...

Excess calcium may play role in development of Parkinson’s

Researchers have found that excess levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic clusters that are the hallmark of Parkinson’s disease. The...

Patients want more information before imaging tests

Among patients undergoing an imaging test, 78% said they lacked basic information about the procedure before the test itself, researchers report. "This means one in...

PET sheds light on dopamine system in Parkinson’s disease patients

Using a PET camera, researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a new method for investigating the dopamine system in the brains of patients suffering...

Blood assay, ultrasound combo leads to better liver cancer detection

Pairing ultrasound with a blood test to detect high alpha fetoprotein (AFP) levels demonstrated up to a 40 percent improvement in detecting early-stage liver...

Screening for ovarian cancer not recommended in asymptomatic women

The harms associated with screening for ovarian cancer outweigh its documented benefits, according to a new recommendation by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) The...

Modified test for Parkinson’s, dementia with Lewy bodies

National Institutes of Health scientists developing a rapid, practical test for the early diagnosis of prion diseases have modified the assay to offer the possibility of improving...

Too few retinal infarction patients receive follow-up imaging

A new study shows that only 8% of patients with a retinal infarction are seen by a neurologist even though they are at high...

MRI appears safe in patients with cardiac devices

No long-term clinically significant adverse events were reported in a recent evaluation of the safety of MRI performed with the use of a prespecified...

UCT leading programme to reduce child mortality in Africa

While the world has made progress in reducing the number of child deaths every year, sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the highest mortality...

Ketamine + propofol speeds recovery for paeds MRI sedation

Use of ketamine at induction followed by reduced propofol infusion rate for maintenance is associated with shorter recovery times for children undergoing magnetic resonance imaging with...

Perfusion imaging of stroke victims improves emergency treatment

A new study suggests that advanced brain imaging can identify stroke patients that could benefit from restoring blood flow in an extended treatment window. Researchers...

Concerns mounting over prolonged shutdown of SA nuclear medicine supplier

The international Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) has sent a letter to South Africa’s Energy Minister, David Mahlobo, expressing its concerns about the...