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Huntington Memorial Research Institute | Date: 2014-01-13

Provided herein are methods of diagnosing Alzheimers disease (AD) based on characteristic changes of the levels of certain free amino acids or dipeptides (collectively termed as AD diagnosis markers) in the body fluid sample of an individual, carnosine synthesis activities in the plasma, and dopamine synthesis activities in the plasma. Also provided are methods of simultaneously determining the levels of at least two free amino acids or dipeptides in the biological fluid sample of an individual.


Patent
Huntington Memorial Research Institute | Date: 2012-03-22

The present invention describes an apparatus, a system and a method for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. The treatment involves monitoring the position of the tongue and/or the force exerted by the tongue and electrical stimulation of the hypoglossal nerve to move the tongue into an anterior position or to maintain the tongue in an anterior position.


Patent
Huntington Memorial Research Institute | Date: 2014-05-20

The present subject matter relates to methods and apparatus for using hyperpolarization to improve imaging. Am exemplary embodiment, a PASADENA polarizer, is capable of delivering 2.5-5 ml of highly hyperpolarized biological


Patent
Huntington Memorial Research Institute | Date: 2012-12-18

The present invention describes an apparatus, a system and a method for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. The treatment involves monitoring the position of the tongue and/or the force exerted by the tongue and electrical stimulation of the hypoglossal nerve to move the tongue into an anterior position or to maintain the tongue in an anterior position.


Using both quantitative MRI and quantitative MRS, the inventor demonstrates herein that as age and dementia progress, hippocampal volume (HV), amygdala volume (AV), and NAA/mI ratio all decrease compared to normal controls. The inventors data also demonstrate herein that NAA/mI vs. total amygdala volume showed a very strong linear correlation, while NAA/mI vs. mean total hippocampal volume had a lesser but still significant correlation. Further, after analyzing the data derived from both quantitative MRI and quantitative MRS methods, the inventor made the surprising discovery that the two tests, when combined, provide significantly improved biomarkers over either alone, and are more effective at early MCI and/or AD diagnosis, as well as HS diagnosis.

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