Scientists say they have identified the earliest signs of Parkinson's disease in the brain, 15 to 20 years before symptoms appear.#science #medicine #health #Parkinsons #dementia
Scans of a small number of high-risk patients found malfunctions in the brain's serotonin system, which controls mood, sleep and movement.
The King's College London researchers say the discovery could lead to new screening tools and treatments.
Understanding our body and how to improve or repair its normal function is essential in treatment of chronic conditions and in maintaining optimal health.#medicine #health #science
Scientists have created the world’s first living organism that has a fully synthetic and radically altered DNA code.#science #biology #medicine #genetics #DNA
The lab-made microbe, a strain of bacteria that is normally found in soil and the human gut, is similar to its natural cousins but survives on a smaller set of genetic instructions.
Bacteria-killing viruses known as phages offer hope of solution to antibiotic resistance#science #medicine #health.
A British teenager has made a remarkable recovery after being the first patient in the world to be given a genetically engineered virus to treat a drug-resistant infection
The cannabis-derived compound is popping up in everything from mineral water to bath bombs. We ask experts and users if it actually worksIt seems that a lot more clinical trials are needed before we can even be sure that it does what is claimed
The United States Senate and House of Representatives passed S.J. RES. #366 during the 101st United States Congress, which President Bush signed on October 30, 1990 (creating Public Law 101-473), designating Doctors' Day as a national holiday to be celebrated on March 30.#medicine
Millions of elderly people have a form of dementia that has been misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers.There has been quite a bit of good news relating to dementia recently. Let's hope this news is good.
One expert called it the most important dementia finding in years.
The condition, limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy, or Late, shares similar symptoms to Alzheimer's, but it is a distinct disease, the journal Brain reports.
It may partly explain why finding a dementia cure has failed so far.
Olfactory tests could help doctors spot older adults who are at greater risk of developing dementia, researchers say.#science #medicine #health #dementia
The sense of smell is known to deteriorate with old age, and research has previously found this might indicate underlying health problems that could result in a greater chance of death in the near future.
The cause of cancer is written into the DNA of tumors, scientists have discovered, in a breakthrough which could finally show how much disease is attributable to factors like air pollution or pesticides.#science #medicine #health
Until now the roots of many cancers have proved elusive, with doctors unable to tease out the impact of a myriad of carcinogenic causes which people encounter everyday.
Even with lung cancer, it is not known just how much can be attributed to smoking and how much could be linked to other factors, such as living by a busy road, or inhaling pollutants at work.
But now scientists at Cambridge University and King’s College London have shown that tumors hold information like a ‘black box’ pointing to the cause of disease.
The first medical device to treat childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, was OK'd Friday by the US Food and Drug Administration. Designated for children ages 7 to 12 who are not currently on medication for the disorder, the device delivers a low-level electrical pulse to the parts of the brain responsible for ADHD symptoms.#technology #medicine #health #neurology #adhd
Doctors have used a new type of medicine called "gene silencing" to reverse a disease that leaves people in crippling pain.#science #medicine #health #dna #genetics
The condition, acute intermittent porphyria, also causes paralysis and is fatal in some cases.
The novel approach fine-tunes the genetic instructions locked in our DNA.
Doctors say they are "genuinely surprised" how successful it is and that the same approach could be used in previously untreatable diseases.
reshare from @Chuck Dee
♲ NPR News (unofficial) ([email protected]):
It was Oregon’s first pediatric case in more than 30 years. “It was difficult to take care of him, to watch him suffer,” says Judith Guzman-Cottrill, an infectious-disease specialist.
#news #npr #publicradio #usa
posted by pod_feeder_v2