A New Method of Investigating Brain Function May Open the Doors to Diagnose Neurodegenerative Diseases

Monday, February 26, 2018

Researchers at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom and the Medical University of Gdansk in Poland examined patterns in the movement of cerebrospinal fluid (fluid that lies between the scalp and the skull). After the Technical University of Gdansk developed a non-invasive tool that records the patterns of movement, it was tested on healthy subjects at the Medical University of Gdansk and the University of Regina in Canada. Researchers found that the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid throughout the brain fluctuates with breathing and heart rate. However, with further investigation, they noticed that patterns in oscillations became more randomized in participants over the age of 25. They attributed the randomization of these patterns to the aging of the brain and were shocked to see such patterns occur at a young age. These researchers are now using this tool to examine when degeneration of the brain occurs and may have benefits for determining the onset of neurodegenerative disease. This would allow for early diagnosis as well as preventative measures.
 

SOURCE: Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180220124548.htm
DATE RETRIEVED: February 22, 2018 

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