Hyperintensities in deep brain structures are associated with depressive symptoms

Damage to specific parts of the human brain are associated with a greater risk of depression in older people – but keeping fit and intelligence can reduce symptoms, according to new research. Scientists at Aberdeen University used MRI scans and statistical modelling to find the link between areas of brain damage, intelligence, physical fitness and depression. Scotsman

A Murray et al Brain hyperintensity location determines outcome in the triad of impaired cognition, physical health and depressive symptoms: A cohort study in late life Archives of Gerontology and Geriatics 2016 Volume 63, Pages 49–54

(Hyperintensity is a term used in MRI reports to describe how part of an image looks on MRI scan. Most MRIs are in black/white with shades of gray. A hyperintensity is an area that appears lighter in colour than the surrounding tissues.)

 

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