Cases of Lyme disease in the UK may be three times higher than previous estimates, according to new research.This is a serious disease that could cause paralysis, blindness, and even death. If not treated in time, it can cause crippling arthritis. Know the symptoms, carry a tick kit, and if you think you might have a 'summer flu' after a walk in long grass, mention the possibility of Lyme disease to your doctor.
After analysing the anonymous medical records of 8.4 million people from across the UK, scientists forecast that the total number of Lyme disease diagnoses in the UK could top 8,000 in 2019, compared with previous estimates of between 2,000 and 3,000 annual diagnoses.
Tickling the ear with a small electric current could rebalance the nervous system in over-55s and help them age more healthily, research suggests.#science #medicine #health
Stimulation of the vagus nerve, which connects to the heart, lungs and gut, led to improvements in body, sleep and mood, a small study found.
The University of Leeds team said the procedure could make a big difference to people's lives.
But more research is needed to work out the long-term health effects.
The tick-borne illness, which is on the rise, can have chronic side-effects. So why hasn’t more effort been put into a cure?Tick bites can cause all kind of symptoms from. headache to paralysis, blindness, and death. Now there's some hope for a cure for Lyme disease.
"When I started practicing medicine, I often checked thyroid blood tests. At that time, I ignored the patient's signs and symptoms if the lab tests were normal. Now, I am more convinced than ever that solely relying on the patient's blood tests without taking in to account the physical exam as well as the patient's history will result in a misdiagnosis for many patients." - David Brownstein, MD (thyroid specialist)
Note: Of course there are many life saving medications as well as agencies showing research and innovation resulting in greater treatment tools. That part of industry doesn't need to change but rather needs to grow.
Evidence that Parkinson’s disease may start off in the gut is mounting, according to new research showing proteins thought to play a key role in the disease can spread from the gastrointestinal tract to the brain.#science #health #medicine #Parkinsons
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has developed a new deep learning-based AI prediction model that can anticipate the development of breast cancer up to five years in advance. Researchers working on the product also recognized that other similar projects have often had inherent bias because they were based overwhelmingly on white patient populations, and specifically designed their own model so that it is informed by “more equitable” data that ensures it’s “equally accurate for white and black women.”#health #medicine #AI #cancer #BreastCancer
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.
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