Scientists explore link between temperature and brain activity in MS

11/11/2013 | HealthDay News

Higher temperatures are linked to increases in brain activity among patients with multiple sclerosis, according to new research. With functional MRI, researchers looked at 28 MS patients whose mental function worsened on warmer days and found several areas of the brain had high levels of activity when performing simple tasks, including the frontal cortex, dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and parietal cortex, which are involved in multitasking and processing information. The study, published in Brain Imaging and Behavior, suggests increased brain activity in MS patients shows how their brains have adapted to the disorder, and the authors note maintaining a comfortable body temperature could help MS patients improve their daily activities.

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