Abandonment alters children's brain tissue.Children who experienced extreme neglect showed physical changes in the white matter of their brains, a Boston team found.Writing in JAMA Pediatrics Johanna Bick PhD and colleagues at Boston Children’s Hospital reported on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project.
Finding brain beta amyloid is usefull in assessing Alzheimer's Disease. In a report in JAMA Neurology, Craig Curtis, MD and colleagues report on a multicenter PET imaging study on terminally ill dementia patients using flutemetamol injections tagged with radioactive fluorine 18. In cases where autopsy was later possible, the team assessed how accurate the tests had been in diagnosing Alzheimer's.
Isolated systolic hypertension (ISH) in young and middle-aged adults is on the rise. A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that ISH puts these patients at higher relative risk for heart disease and mortality than their peers with normal blood pressure. That raises the question of whether these younger ISH patients should be getting drug therapy.