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Friday, 27 May 2016 12:50

Five Fast Facts About Stroke

You don't need superpowers to be a hero when it comes to stroke, you just need to pay attention to the risk factors and know the warning signs. "Stroke is largely preventable and treatable," said Mary Ann Bauman, M.D., chair of the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee. "The best way to beat a stroke is to never have one -- about 80 percent of strokes are preventable. The second best way to beat a stroke…
How does the human brain organize language? This is what scientists seek to answer as they form a “semantic atlas” showing how areas of the brain respond to words with similar meanings. Surprisingly, results also challenge prevailing beliefs that language is limited to a few brain regions. Researchers from UC Berkeley fleshed out a brain imaging study that recorded neural activity while volunteers listened to the U.S. radio show “Moth Radio Hour.” Listening to over…
It turns out our mindset may actually influence our risk for diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's, possibly delaying their onset, or slowing down their progression. "We've known for a long time that chronic stress; chronic severe stress is a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia in older adults," Dr. Cliff Singer said. It's long been known that genetics play a big role in brain diseases, but newer studies, like one out of the University…
A brain tumour is a cancerous or a non-cancerous mass or growth of abnormal cells in the brain. Most common brain tumours develop from cells that support the nerve cells of the brain — glial cells. These tumours are called glioma. Brain tumours can also be named after the part of the brain they are growing in. There are more than 120 different types of brain tumours showing different symptomatology. Some patients don’t show any…
With a surge in the brain related ailments in the world, every year over 2,500 of the Indian children suffer from medulloblastoma, a pediatric malignant primary brain tumour which spreads through the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and frequently metastasize to different locations along the surface of the brain and spinal cord, doctors have said. According to them, in India, every year 40,000-50,000 persons are diagnosed with brain tumour. Of these 20 per cent are children. Until…
The consumption of food cooked or fried in again and again reheated oil may increase risks of a number of serious diseases including heart disease, neurological disorders, liver problems and cancers. Various studies conducted around the globe have shown that reheated oil contains high levels of toxic aldehydes and chemicals known to cause neurodegenerative disease and cancer. Even some popular cooking oils such as canola, corn, soybean and sunflower oils generate high levels of toxins…
Three years ago, Betty Wallwork was taking a long list of drugs. Some to help her heal from a cataract operation, another to ease the pain of an earache, and others to treat a swollen ankle and help get rid of a lingering chest cold. She's now warning others about what could happen when the wrong medications are mixed, after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. "I was losing my temper, walking around the house in…
Inspired by the encouraging results of stem cell therapy in the treatment of various diseases, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here is all set to start a clinical trial to establish the efficacy of the same. “Since 2003, we have been using stem cell therapy in 35 departments at AIIMS, especially in the treatment of diseases pertaining to the cornea, skin and heart, and the results have been promising,” said Prof. (Dr)…
The structure of the human brain is complex, reminiscent of a circuit diagram with countless connections. But what role does this architecture play in the functioning of the brain? To answer this question, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, in cooperation with colleagues at the Free University of Berlin and University Hospital Freiburg, have for the first time analysed 1.6 billion connections within the brain simultaneously. They found the highest…
New research from David Westaway, PhD, of the University of Alberta and Jiri Safar, PhD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has uncovered a quality control mechanism in brain cells that may help keep deadly neurological diseases in check for months or years. The findings, published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, "present a breakthrough in understanding the secret life of prion molecules in the brain and may offer a new way to treat…