Neuroimaging study sheds light on mechanisms of fatigue

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Neuroimaging study sheds light on mechanisms of fatigue

Postby MSUK » Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:38 am

Neuroimaging study sheds light on mechanisms of cognitive fatigue in MS

A new study by Kessler Foundation scientists sheds light on the mechanisms underlying cognitive fatigue in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Cognitive fatigue is fatigue resulting from mental work rather than from physical labor. Genova H et al: Examination of cognitive fatigue in multiple sclerosis using functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging" was published on Nov. 1 in PlosOne. This is the first study to use neuroimaging to investigate aspects of cognitive fatigue. The study was funded by grants from the National MS Society and Kessler Foundation.......... Read More - http://www.ms-uk.org/medicalimaging
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Re: Neuroimaging study sheds light on mechanisms of fatigue

Postby Cece » Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:31 am

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The present study investigated the neural correlates of cognitive fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis (MS), looking specifically at the relationship between self-reported fatigue and objective measures of cognitive fatigue. In Experiment 1, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to examine where in the brain BOLD activity covaried with “state” fatigue, assessed during performance of a task designed to induce cognitive fatigue while in the scanner. In Experiment 2, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) was used to examine where in the brain white matter damage correlated with increased “trait” fatigue in individuals with MS, assessed by the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) completed outside the scanning session. During the cognitively fatiguing task, the MS group had increased brain activity associated with fatigue in the caudate as compared with HCs. DTI findings revealed that reduced fractional anisotropy in the anterior internal capsule was associated with increased self-reported fatigue on the FSS. Results are discussed in terms of identifying a “fatigue-network” in MS.

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Ad ... ne.0078811

It would be nice if this sort of research led to an actual treatment for cognitive fatigue.
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