Understanding dementia

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Researchers at the University of Georgia are looking for new techniques to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Tianming Liu, associate professor of computer science in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is comparing brain scans of patients with mild cognitive impairment to those of healthy brains looking for clues about how much of the diseased brain is disrupted and how different levels of disruption affect cognition. Psychology Professor and Bio-Imaging Research Center Director Stephen Miller is leading a team that uses MRI brain scans to learn how activity in the brain’s lateral temporal lobes relates to memory and cognition, an approach he hopes will result in better diagnostic tools. Initial results from his research, published in the journal Neuropsychologia, show hyperactivity in the lateral temporal lobes of patients suffering from mild cognitive impairment.

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Get more at http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/new-research-shows-promise-for-earlier-better-dementia-diagnosis/ and http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/uga-researchers-use-new-map-of-human-brain-to-study-dementia/.