Friday, December 5, 2008

Friday Wrap Up 12 5 2008

New target discovered to treat epileptic seizures following brain trauma or stroke

New therapies for some forms of epilepsy may soon be possible, thanks to a discovery made by a team of University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute neuroscience researchers.

Source and More:
http://www.physorg.com/news147697831.html
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Therapeutic Activities Slow Dementia

A new study suggests those diagnosed with early stage dementia can slow their physical, mental and psychological decline by taking part in therapeutic programs that combine counseling, support groups, Chinese exercise and meditation.Some of the benefits of this approach are comparable to those achieved with anti-dementia medications.

Source and More:
http://psychcentral.com/news/2008/12/05/therapeutic-activities-slow-dementia/3454.html
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Forced Medications Has Little Research Support

Researchers are calling for more studies into the practice of forcing psychiatric patients to take medication, after a review showed that there have been very few rigorous investigations of the procedure.

Source and More:
http://psychcentral.com/news/2008/12/05/forced-medications-has-little-research-support/3456.html
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Horrifying parasitic illness on the wane

Cases of Guinea worm disease — a horrifying infection that culminates in worms coming out of a victim's skin — have reached an all-time low worldwide, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced Friday.

Source and More:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28068825/
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Vets' Brain Injuries Linked To Long Term Health Problems

A report by a non-profit US medical organization suggests that military personnel who suffer severe or moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) are at greater risk of long term health problems including Alzheimer's-like dementia, aggression, symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease, depression, and memory loss.

Source and More:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/132034.php
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Poor Mental Health May Be Linked to Asthma Risk

A new study hints at a possible link between adults' poor mental health and their odds of having asthma.

The study, a national survey of more than 300,000 U.S. adults, shows that those reporting more days of poor mental health in the previous month were more likely to also report having asthma.

Source and More:
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/584857

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