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U of M Researchers Identify Possible Key to Treating, Understanding Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

University of Minnesota Medical School and Minneapolis Veterans Affair Medical Center researchers have discovered a correlation between increased circuit activity in the right side of the brain and the debilitating, involuntary flashbacks triggered by post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Area Biotech Company Banyan Biomarkers On Cutting Edge

The founders of Banyan Biomarkers describe the Alachua-based research firm as a “Gator-made company.”

Banyan made news recently when it was awarded a $26.3 million Department of Defense contract to develop a diagnostic blood test for traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The company has been studying “biomarkers,” or proteins in the blood produced by an injured brain.

Panel Calls for Biomarkers in Routine Clinical AD Diagnosis

Clinicians should try to incorporate biomarker data in their diagnosis of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or conditions potentially leading to it, an ad hoc expert panel recommended.

Levels of beta-amyloid or tau proteins in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), or data from MRI or PET scans using amyloid-specific tracers, should be part of the differential diagnosis of Alzheimer-related disorders, according to two dozen members of the International Working Group for New Research Criteria for the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Blood Test Could Diagnose Alzheimer’s, Researchers Find

A set of proteins found in blood serum shows promise as a sensitive and accurate way to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found as part of a statewide study.

Researchers Find Possible Biomarker to Identify Seizure-Related Stress

New research from Rhode Island Hospital found that reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein in the brain that encourages growth of neurons, may be a trait marker for individuals with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) (seizures that are psychological in origin). The findings are published in the October 4, 2010, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.