News Round-Up: June 2010 4th Edition

In this edition of the news round-up, i’ve experimented by creating the piece in video format complete with music. Let me know if its a more useful format.

In the news round-up, there is evidence of health benefits from looking after an older adult spouse who is sick, an fMRI study that uses analysis of group combinations to make predictions about behaviour as well as an association between regional cerebral blood flow in the right inferior parietal lobe and anosognosia in Alzheimer’s Disease.

  1. Subscription review article on mutation database for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis http://bit.ly/al4CAx
  2. fMRI study showing evidence that people who are blind have similar brain regions involved in tool manipulation to people who are not blind http://bit.ly/bmMnAS
  3. Factors contributing towards improving relationships in older adults http://bit.ly/9y5nJz
  4. Most concussions estimated to deliver 95G’s http://bit.ly/cNVn3v
  5. REM sleep deprivation associated with chronic migraine http://bit.ly/915xVF
  6. Study suggests differing degrees of disfigurement may be associated with similar levels of distress http://bit.ly/9PcMGJ
  7. Caring for sick elderly spouse associated with well-being http://bit.ly/c6L7Ux
  8. Predicting behaviour using fMRI and analysis of group combinations identifies m.pfc cortex activity http://bit.ly/ahO5pe
  9. Subscription review suggesting that dopamine may be related to apathy in Alzheimer’s Disease http://bit.ly/9BCJJh
  10. Small 3T MRI study finds disinhibition associated with grey matter reduction in Bilateral Cingulus & R.M.F gyri, delusions with R.Hippocampus in Alzheimer’s Disease http://bit.ly/aFoHya
  11. 15 object test useful in discriminating MCI and AD and assoc with activity in bilat Posterior Cingulate & Right Temporal pole http://bit.ly/dgSWT6
  12. Small study (n=42) shows reduced regional cerebral blood flow in right inferior parietal lobe and anosognosia in Alzheimer’s Disease http://bit.ly/992OMj
  13. Subscription article – review of exercise and MCI and Alzheimer’s Disease http://bit.ly/aRZSEq
  14. Small short open label DPZ trial in Alz D shows 1.8 pt improvement in MMSE http://bit.ly/bUaHH9
  15. APOE4 status has higher assoc with memory dysfunction predominant form of Alz D than executive dysfunction type http://bit.ly/apkaU8
  16. ACHEI dose and level of functioning assoc with nursing home admission in people with Alzheimer’s Disease http://bit.ly/aHh6uI
  17. Case study of cerebral amyloid angiopathy and amyloid beta vacc http://bit.ly/9xvREW
  18. Subscription review article on gamma secretase inhibitors for alzheimer’s disease – still at phase III clinical trials http://bit.ly/cAkcuc
  19. Neuroinflammation and Parkinson’s Disease http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20571974?dopt=Abstract
  20. Resveratrol converts harmful forms of ABeta peptides in vitro http://bit.ly/9Ka9hT
  21. New radioisotope with longer half-life than PIB for use in Alzheimer’s Disease research http://bit.ly/9AN1pe
  22. Hyperploid neurons more likely to undergo cell death in Alzheimer’s Disease http://bit.ly/9oS1bU
  23. Association between Vitamin D status and cognitive function in older adults http://bit.ly/c71X1K

Evolutionary Psychiatry – Human Evolution

There was a study at Twycross zoo showing evidence that Orang-Utan gestures may signal intention http://bit.ly/dBpoMi. I visited Twycross Zoo earlier this year and took some footage of the Orang Utans. In the clip below, I would argue that the Orang-Utan is using a tool – in this case a hammock – to gain the other’s attention.

  1. 3.6 my old A Afarensis partial skeleton http://bit.ly/bSgmdI
  2. Computer simulation and teeth analysis suggest Neanderthal human divergence 1/2 million years earlier http://bit.ly/dk7elI
  3. Orang utan learning to swim http://bit.ly/aNbYp5
  4. Chimpanzees engage in territorial warfare http://bit.ly/bwcf04

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