A Common Cancer Risk Few Have Heard Of

A Common Cancer Risk Few Have Heard OfLynch syndrome is a common, inherited condition that affects thousands of Australians and greatly increases the risk of developing cancer. Yet 95% of those who have it don’t know about it.

What Is Restless Leg Syndrome?

restless legs 4 12Restless leg syndrome is a common affliction characterised by uncomfortable feelings in the legs accompanied by an irresistible urge to move the legs to relieve the sensations. People with restless leg syndrome often keep their legs moving by pacing or constantly moving their legs while sitting. The sensations commonly occur at

Changing The Face Of Autism: Here Come The Girls

Changing The Face Of Autism: Here Come The GirlsIf you ask someone to name famous people (fictional or non-fictional) who are known for having autism or being “on the spectrum”, Rain Man is often the top favourite, possibly followed by Sherlock Holmes (especially in his recent incarnation by Benedict Cumberbatch). Sheldon in the Big Bang Theory is another.

Does Cannabis Cause Mental Illness?

Does Cannabis Cause Mental Illness?Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia, with one in three adults using it at some point in their life. It’s legal in some places around the world, and offered medicinally in others. But what does smoking pot do to your mental health?

Are Treatment Guidelines On Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder Wrong?

Are Treatment Guidelines On Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder Wrong?The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has become a byword for unbiased, evidence-based healthcare advice. Its recommendations strongly influence which treatments are made available on the NHS. We wouldn’t expect NICE to make recommendations that are unsupported by evidence or, worse, contain contradictory evidence.

Common Surgery For Vaginal Prolapse Can Lead To Complications

Common Surgery For Vaginal Prolapse Can Lead To ComplicationsA common surgery to treat vaginal prolapse using an artificially grafted mesh has more problems than benefits, our Cohrane review has found. Women who underwent the operation had high rates of needing repeat surgery due to mesh exposure, bladder injury and urinary incontinence.

How Stem Cells Could Help Treat Multiple Sclerosis

How Stem Cells Could Help Treat Multiple SclerosisMultiple sclerosis affects millions of people worldwide. It’s a neurological disease characterised by inflammatory lesions in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) that cause damage to the myelin sheath – the protective layer around the nerve cells. This causes neurological dysfunction, such as muscle paralysis or loss of sensation.

Are Pubic Lice Here To Stay?

The pubic or crab louse has adapted to the humid environment of ‘down there’. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CC BYWhat’s the worst thing you could be burdened with this Valentine’s Day? Unrequited love? Unwanted affection? Unpaid invoice from the local florist? How about an itchy dose of pubic lice? Pubic lice, Phthirus pubis, or “crabs” as more commonly...

Food Allergies Linked To Overactive Immune System At Birth

Food Allergies Linked To Overactive Immune System At BirthOne in every ten babies in Melbourne develops a food allergy during their first year of life. New research has found children who are born with overly active immune cells are more likely to develop allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat and other common foods. This finding could lead to future treatments for babies to prevent childhood food allergies.

Lifting the Brain's Veil from Dyslexia and from the Heart

Lifting the Brain's Veil from Dyslexia and from the HeartBefore i was informed that I was “profoundly dyslexic,” I just thought I was stupid and too weird to cultivate friends. In school, I would get an A for creativity over a D for atrocious grammar. I was having considerable difficulty reading anything, much less a map. I had trouble telling my right from my left, I could not comprehend most directions, I was lost much of the time.

What Do We Mean When We Say A Person's Cancer Has Been Cured?

What Do We Mean When We Say A Person's Cancer Has Been Cured?Until fairly lately, it was unusual to see the words “cancer” and “cured” used in the same sentence. Now, it’s much more common. Reports that toddler Layla Richards had been cured of what was thought to be an incurable form of leukaemia were followed with news that former US president Jimmy Carter was cured of brain cancer – a melanoma that had spread from his liver.

What Is Dopamine And Is It To Blame For Our Addictions?

What Is Dopamine And Is It To Blame For Our Addictions?Most researchers agree that the key difference between human brains and those of other animals is the size and complexity of our cerebral cortex, the brain’s outer layer of neural tissue. We therefore tend to focus our attention on this area, believing that our unique mental life is due to this masterpiece of evolution.

What are Synthetic Cannabinoids? Why You Should Care

What are Synthetic Cannabinoids? Why You Should CareXLR-11, PB-22, AB-FUBINACA, MAB-CHMINACA, 5F-AMB. These are the cryptic and sometimes unpronounceable names of the most dangerous drugs you’ve never heard of. They are responsible for kidney injury, psychosis, seizures, coma and death.

Managing Bipolar Disorder Without Medication

Managing Bipolar Disorder Without MedicationBipolar disorder is a diagnosis given to people who experience periods of intense low mood but also periods of elation and increased energy which can lead to impaired judgement and risky behaviour. The Royal College of Psychiatrists estimates that around 1% of the adult population experience bipolar symptoms at some point in their life.

Easy Reflexology Pointers for Headaches

Easy Reflexology Pointers for HeadachesIn this excerpt, Ewald Kliegel provides reflexology techniques for one of the most common human ailments – the headache. The head is prone to different problems – from throbbing temples with the sensation of being trapped in a vice, while a jackhammer is busy at work in the background, to having a brain that feels as though it is made of cotton wool.

Why Do Patients Want Treatment That Doesn’t Work?

Why Do Patients Want Treatment That Doesn’t Work?A major new initiative called Choosing Wisely has been launched by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. This initiative aims to address a culture of over-medicalisation in health, where treatments are prescribed – not always with much clinical value – when other, better solutions may exist.

Mindfulness Therapy Is Effective As Part Of The Treatment Of PTSD

Mindfulness Therapy Is Effective In The Short Term As Part Of The Overall Treatment Of PTSDPost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that causes overwhelming recollections of traumatic events. These can be triggered by sights, sounds or smells that serve as reminders of the incident. Sufferers also report severe nightmares, emotional numbness and withdrawal from social interactions.

Why 90 Minutes In Nature Really Changes The Brain

Why 90 Minutes In Nature Really Changes The BrainA new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression. “These results suggest that accessible natural areas may be vital for mental health in our rapidly urbanizing world,” says coauthor Gretchen Daily, professor in environmental science and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

Older Married Couples Are Linked In Their Sickness

Older Married Couples Are Linked In Their Sickness“When we think about quality of life for older adults, and improving quality of life, it seems like targeting the individual is only part of the story, and our findings suggests that for older adults, a larger part of individual well-being is defined by our partner’s health and cognitive functioning as well,” says David Sbarra, associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona.

Peanut Butter Sniff Test Confirms Alzheimer’s

Peanut Butter Sniff Test Confirms Alzheimer’sA dollop of peanut butter and a ruler might be a way to confirm a diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student in the McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste and the University of Florida, came up with the idea of using peanut butter to test for smell sensitivity when she was working with Kenneth Heilman, a professor of neurology at the University of Florida.

What Can Beagles Teach Us About Alzheimer’s Disease?

beagle healthEvery 67 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and new estimates suggest that it may be the third leading cause of death of older people. Alzheimer’s disease is associated with losses in memory in older people that become severe enough over time to interfere with normal daily functions.

The Mystery of Breast Cancer: What Is the Cause of the Increased Occurence?

The Mystery of Breast Cancer: What Is the Cause?For most of the common cancers, a major cause has been identified: smoking causes 90% of lung cancer worldwide, hepatitis viruses cause most liver cancer, H pylori bacteria causes stomach cancer, Human papillomavirus causes almost all cases of cervical cancer, colon cancer is largely explained by physical activity, diet and family history.

Whether You Battle Cancer or Experience A Journey Is An Individual Choice

Whether You Battle Cancer Or Experience A Journey Is An Individual ChoiceThe way we talk about illness matters. This is perhaps no more evident than in the many passionate critiques of the metaphor of the “fight” against cancer, which many of us will eventually “lose”. In the 1970s, Susan Sontag famously exposed the negative implications for patients of this “military rhetoric about cancer”.

Why Some People's Fat Has Nothing To Do With Food

Why Some People's Fat Has Nothing To Do With Food“Our goal is to prevent or reduce obesity and in this paper we’ve shown how to do this in principle,” says Phipps. “We believe that weight gain is not necessarily just a result of eating more and exercising less. Our focus is on the intricate network involved in fat cell development.”

Could Ibuprofen and Aspirin Decrease Skin Cancer Risk?

Common over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, can decrease risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, according to a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Squamous cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer. The results mean these drugs may have potential as skin cancer preventative agents, especially for high-risk people.

What Is Insomnia and What Can You Do About It?

What Is Insomnia And What Can You Do About It?We all have a poor night’s sleep from time to time: those nights when you lie awake for hours trying desperately to go to sleep but can’t stop worrying about tomorrow. Or when you repeatedly wake up throughout the night, or can’t get back to sleep in the early hours of the morning.

Four Key Ways To Improve Your Brain Health

Four Key Ways To Improve Your Brain HealthThe human brain is the most extraordinary and complex object in the known universe. So it’s a little surprising that only recently has the concept of brain health begun to emerge. After all, if the body is a “temple”, then surely the brain must be the “high altar” as it generates all our thoughts, feelings and movements.

Nicotine Patch Works Best For Slow Smokers

Nicotine Patch Works Best For Slow SmokersHow quickly your body breaks down nicotine may determine if a pill or a patch will be the most effective way to quit smoking. “In this new trial, we’ve shown that it is possible to optimize quit rates for smokers, while minimizing side effects, by selecting treatment based on whether people break down nicotine slowly or normally

How Scorpion Venom Could Yield New Cancer Treatment

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Scorpion venom has been gaining interest as a source of new drugs. It contains a mixture of biological chemicals called peptides, some of which are known to trigger cell death by forming pores in biological membranes. Cell death can be useful if we are able to target, say, tumour cells to auto-destruct.

Restoring Your Eyesight to 20/20 Naturally

Restoring Your Eyesight to 20/20 Naturally

Experts have been studying the eye from many different angles for over a couple of centuries, yet the researchers seem no closer to understanding how vision really works than when the quest first started. At least nineteen theories have been postulated about the cause of myopia. Opinions also vary widely on how to treat myopia...

Do Extraverts Have Stronger Immune Systems?

Do Extraverts Have Stronger Immune Systems?

Individuals who we would expect to be exposed to more infections as a result of their socially orientated nature (i.e., extraverts) appear to have immune systems that we would expect can deal effectively with infection. While individuals who may be less exposed to infections because of their cautious...

Are The Suburbs The Happiest Place To Live?

Are The Suburbs The Happiest Place To Live?

Americans who live in the suburbs seem to be happier than those who live in rural areas and inner cities—unless they have a long commute to work. A recent study also shows that residents in the most unhappy communities say they spent 8.3 days a month in a negative mood.

Brains Transform Remote Threats Into Anxiety

Brains Transform Remote Threats Into Anxiety

Modern life can feel defined by low-level anxiety swirling through society. Continual reports about terrorism and war. A struggle to stay on top of family finances and hold onto jobs. At the heart of issues like these lies uncertainty – the unknown likelihood of how ongoing crises will evolve over time.

Aging Brains Aren't Necessarily Declining Brains

Aging Brains Aren't Necessarily Declining Brains

For years, conventional wisdom held that growing older tends to be bad news for brains. Past behavioral data largely pointed to loss in cognitive – that is, thinking – abilities with age, including poorer memory and greater distractibility. Physical measures of brain structure also showed...

Can Yoga Play A Role In Treating Bipolar Disorder?

Can Yoga Play A Role In Treating Bipolar Disorder?

A recent survey suggests that yoga can be a substantial help for people with bipolar disorder, though the practice isn’t without risks. “There is no scientific literature on hatha yoga for bipolar disorder,” says lead author Lisa Uebelacker, associate professor (research) of psychiatry and human behavior...

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