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Right anterior cingulate cortical volume covaries with respiratory sinus arrhythmia magnitude in combat veterans

Steven H. Woodward, PhD, et al.

Figure 1. Sagittal view of cingulate region of human brain with a Talairach grid superimposed in accordance with standard locators.

The brain may play a role in diseases that affect the health of many veterans. Evidence now indicates that regions of the brain involved in higher cognitive function and emotion also affect the control of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system regulates many aspects of organ function and metabolism, and when it works poorly, veterans may be at increased risks for diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Understanding how the brain protects veterans from these diseases, or fails to do so, may provide new treatment options.

Volume 45 Number 3, 2008
   Pages 451 — 464

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