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February, 2019

 

Change in brain cells linked to opiate addiction, narcolepsy

Chemical messengers abundant in heroin users, lacking in narcolepsy Two discoveries — one in the brains of people with heroin addiction and the other in the brains of sleepy mice — shed light on chemical messengers in the brain that regulate sleep and addiction, UCLA researchers say. In 2000, UCLA researchers discovered that human narcolepsy is caused by a loss of roughly 90 percent of the 80,000 brain cells containing hypocretin, also called orexin, a chemical messenger, or neurotransmitter, important in the regulation of sleep. Narcolepsy causes excessive sleepiness, sleepRead More


Local therapist helps educate patients, public on lymphedema

Judy Harrison saw a need to become an educator in addition to being a healer, making a decision more than a decade ago to become a certified lymphedema therapist. The former Beavercreek resident who now lives in Waynesville said lymphedema is fairly unknown, and she emphasized how important it is to educate people about it. Lymphedema is an incurable health condition, but one that can be controlled with the right care. It normally creates unusual swelling in a patient’s arms or legs. “The lymphatic system is a significant part ofRead More


Ketoprofen ‘a huge step forward’ for treatment of lymphedema symptoms

The anti-inflammatory drug ketoprofen appeared to effectively treat lymphedema symptoms and ease the burden of care, according to study results. “Ketoprofen restores the health and elasticity of the skin. … I believe it will reduce recurrent infection [and] can also reduce swelling,” Stanley G. Rockson, MD,professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, said in a press release. “This new treatment does not cure lymphedema, but our studies show it has the capacity to make the illness more livable and more workable.” Lymphedema — a common condition that stems from aRead More