Research articles

Vocal music boosts the recovery of language functions after stroke

Listening to music every day could improve language recovery after acute stroke according to University of Helsinki researchers. When comparing vocal music, instrumental music and audiobooks, vocal music was seen to positively impact the structural connectivity of the language network in the left frontal lobe.

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New imaging technique may boost research in biology, neuroscience

Researchers from Harvard University present a new imaging technique to produce high-quality, deep-tissue images without sacrificing time. Using an infrared laser to penetrate through biological tissue, the light excites the fluorescent molecules which emit signals that the microscope captures to form the image.

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Severity of MS could be predicted through respiratory functions

A new study has indicated that the strength of muscles while exhaling could indicate physical ability and MS severity. Conclusions suggested that impaired respiratory muscle strength was associated with lower functional capacity and more severe disease progression.

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Researchers find Mediterranean diets are good for the brain

A recent study from the US displayed positive outcomes of a Mediterranean dietary approach on cognitive aging and neurogenerative disease specifically for MS. Another group of German researchers also contend that a Mediterranean diet might protect against memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s.

MSWA funded researcher Associate Professor Lucinda Black has conducted research that previously had similar findings. Professor Black continues to research MS and diets. Visit our Commitment to Research page to read more.

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Smartwatch sensors monitor real-world motor fluctuations in Parkinson’s disease

Researchers driven by Apple Inc., have developed an ambulatory monitoring system to track dyskinesia (involuntary movements) and resting tremors. Remote monitoring of motor symptoms could enable more precise treatments according to recent research.

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Role of sleep-related brain activity in clearing toxic proteins and preventing Alzheimer's disease

Evidence of sleep-dependent low-frequency global brain activity in the clearance of Alzheimer's disease-related toxin build-up is presented in new research. This neuronal activity was more strongly linked with cerebrospinal fluid flow in healthy controls than higher risk groups and patients, and the findings could serve as a potential imaging marker for clinicians in evaluating patients.

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Canadian research indicates perinatal stroke as a source of insight into plasticity development

Researchers have considered the diverse long-term neurological outcomes associated with perinatal brain injury. Non-invasive brain stimulation through transcranial magnetic stimulation and therapeutic habilitation are key interventions that may make perinatal stroke a model for human developmental plasticity.

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Exoskeleton therapy improves mobility, cognition and brain connectivity in people with MS

Experts led a pilot trial using robotic-exoskeleton assisted exercise rehabilitation (REAER) for people living with substantial MS-related impairments. Their results showed that REAER is likely an effective intervention, and is a promising therapy for improving the lives of those with MS. There are further implications for other neurological conditions.

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Basic cell health wears down in Huntington's disease, a recent study shows

Using an innovative computational approach to analyse vast brain cell gene expression datasets, researchers suggest the possibility that Huntington's disease may progress to advanced stages more because of a degradation of the cells' health maintenance systems than because of increased damage from the disease pathology itself.

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Bereavement research into MND

Local researcher, Professor Samar Aoun, supported by MSWA, has released a paper with her colleagues looking at consumer preferences when it comes to tail-end motor neurone disease (MND) care. Additionally, an online toolkit has been developed for MND carers.

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