Thursday, November 30th, 2017

 

Hero dog saves poorly pooch’s life with blood donation

Blood donated by a dog saved the life of a ­desperately ill Border collie who lives more than 200 miles away. Casey the collie developed a dangerous disorder called immune-­mediated hemolytic anemia after cutting her paw on a woodland walk near her home in Halifax, Yorkshire. She was saved thanks to a donation of blood given to the Pet Blood Bank by Ishka, a Retriever Labrador cross from Port Seton, East Lothian. Casey’s owner Frances Wright said: “Without PBB and their donors, I wouldn’t have Casey by my side today.Read More


This Is What People With Psoriasis Want You To Know

There are 1.3 million people in the UK living with psoriasis, but the vast majority (84%) feel there is a lack of public awareness around the condition. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that can cause red, flaky, crusty patches of skin that are sometimes covered in silvery scales. As well as causing physical symptoms, psoriasis can lead to psychological distress and feelings of social isolation. The first World Psoriasis Happiness Report shows the UK ranks third from bottom based on wellbeing responses from more than 120,00 people living with psoriasisRead More


This Is What People With Psoriasis Want You To Know

“Psoriasis is not contagious.” Sam Winters, 25, had his first psoriasis flare up at 19.  “When you have visible patches of psoriasis, people ask what it is (if they bother to ask at all). If they don’t know about psoriasis, quite often people are visibly disturbed which doesn’t make you feel brilliant. I’ve been asked at the gym if I should really be exposing areas affected by psoriasis in communal spaces in case I infect others. “It definitely puts me off going into public spaces during a bad flare up. FortunatelyRead More


This Is Why Stress Can Cause Diarrhea And Constipation

We’ve all been there: you’ve got a job interview, or a presentation to give at work, or a million and one things to do in the day and then it hits you. You’ve got the runs, or you’re constipated, and your day just went to shit. Dealing with anxiety on any given day is tough, but add stress poo on top of that and you just want to give up. But, as a new report in Self.com notes, getting the runs or constipation is actually pretty normal when one isRead More


Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride) for Depression

Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride) is used to treat depression and neuropathic pain in people with MS. It belongs to a group of medications called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRI). It makes serotonin and norepinephrine increase, which are natural substances occurring in the body that positively affect communication between nerve cells and/or restore chemical balance in the brain. Cymbalta comes as a delayed-release capsule to be taken orally. It is usually taken once or twice daily for depression, and once daily for anxiety and neuropathic pain. Cymbalta can be taken with orRead More


Ultrasound Could Offer Noninvasive Treatment for Parkinson’s and Depression

A macaque monkey sat in front of a computer. A yellow square—the target—appeared in the periphery on the left side of the screen. After a few seconds delay, a second target appeared on the right. The question was: Which target would the monkey look at first? So far so routine as neuroscience experiments go, but the next step was unusual. By non-invasively directing bursts of inaudible acoustic energy at a specific visual area of the brain, a team of scientists steered the animal’s responses. If they focused on the leftRead More


Ultrasound Could Offer Noninvasive Treatment for Parkinson’s and Depression

Howard Eisenberg, professor and chief of neurosurgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, participated in the clinical studies of FUS as an ablative treatment for essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease, targeting different brain areas for each disorder. He has found that patients like the technology because it’s less invasive than deep brain stimulation, which requires surgery to implant an electrode. “It’s not surgery really,” says Eisenberg. In addition, because FUS is so precise, says Eisenberg, “you can sculpt the lesion, you might make three ablations all close toRead More


Ultrasound Could Offer Noninvasive Treatment for Parkinson’s and Depression

Comparatively speaking, neuromodulation, which entails altering electrical and chemical signaling in brain circuits, requires lower doses of energy that are delivered as intermittent pulses, and is relatively far down the list of possible uses for FUS in the brain. “It’s a frontier approach,” says Eisenberg, who is more excited about using FUS to open the blood brain barrier for drug delivery But if the technique can be perfected as a method of brain stimulation it will open a new range of possibilities. It can be aimed more precisely—on the orderRead More


10 Signs That You’re in a Relationship with a Narcissist

“That’s enough of me talking about myself; let’s hear you talk about me” ― Anonymous “It’s not easy being superior to everyone I know.” ― Anonymous Psychologist Stephen Johnson writes that the narcissist is someone who has “buried his true self-expression in response to early injuries and replaced it with a highly developed, compensatory false self.” This alternate persona to the real self often comes across as grandiose, “above others,” self-absorbed, and highly conceited. In our highly individualistic and externally driven society, mild to severe forms of narcissism are not only pervasiveRead More


10 Signs That You’re in a Relationship with a Narcissist

“I dyed my hair blond and enlarged my breasts to get men’s attention—and to make other women jealous” ― Anonymous “My accomplishments are everything” ― Anonymous executive “I never want to be looked upon as poor. My fiancé and I each drive a Mercedes. The best man at our upcoming wedding also drives a Mercedes.” ― Anonymous In a big way, these external symbols become pivotal parts of the narcissist’s false identity, replacing the real and injured self. 6. Entitlement. Narcissists often expect preferential treatment from others. They expect others toRead More