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Huntington’s Disease Charity Reports Sharp Increase in Referrals

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A charity that helps families affected by Huntington’s disease reports a sharp increase in the number of referrals it receives from Social Services professionals and GPs. Referrals to the Huntington’s Disease Association (HDA), the only charity in England and Wales that serves the needs of people with Huntington’s disease (HD), rose 51% in 2014 on the previous year. Chief Executive ...

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IPC Devices Could be Used to Reduce the Risk of DVT in Immobile Stroke Patients

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended that Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) stockings could be used to reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis in stroke patients. This recommendation has been welcomed by Dr. Kate Holmes, the Assistant Director of Research at the Stroke Association, particularly as this is a reversal of a previous decision made ...

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New Research Could Give Us a Better Understanding of Autism

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New research, which hopes to discover the origins of autism, has been carried out by Flora Vaccarino, a Yale physician and neurobiologist, and her colleagues. Using reprogrammed skin cells, the scientists were able to grow a large group of miniature proto-brains in their lab, which they hoped would show the early days of the brain’s development. By studying these clusters ...

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Could a Simple Sniff Test Help to Diagnose Autism?

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According to a new study published in Current Biology, a ‘sniff test’ may be able to help with the early diagnosis of autism, as researchers have discovered that children with autism are unable to adjust the way they deal with pleasant or bad smells. When we smell something pleasant, we’re likely to inhale more deeply in order to take advantage ...

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How Electric Lights Change Our Sleep Patterns

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Some people would call the electric light bulb the greatest invention of all, but did you know that the humble electric light has changed our natural sleep patterns? Since the advent of electric lighting, communities no longer go to bed once the sun goes down. We’ve naturally shifted our bedtimes to later in the evening and, consequently, we’ve cut down ...

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How the Budget is Likely to Affect People Suffering From Parkinson’s

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During the recent budget, the Chancellor, George Osborne MP, announced 3 major changes that will directly impact those people who are affected by Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s UK, the UK’s support and research charity for people with Parkinson’s has outlined how they feel the changes will impinge on Parkinson’s sufferers. Cuts for future ESA claimants in the Work Related Activity Group The ...

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New Research Suggests that Parkinson’s May Begin in the Gut

Following a new research study carried out by scientists at the Aarhus University in Denmark, it’s been suggested that Parkinson’s may actually begin in the gut before spreading upwards through the nervous system to the brain. While, up until recently, this has merely been put forward as a theory, this new research adds important evidence to support such a claim ...

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Scientists Find a Way to Synthesize a Compound Which Could Help People With Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Scientists have found a way to produce a synthesized compound which may be able to protect the brain. Following work carried out at The Scripps Research Institute in Florida, the research team were able to make a synthesized version of jiadifenolide, a molecule which is derived from plants. Since its discovery in 2009, chemists have been trying to find a ...

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Brain Scans are Able to Differentiate Between Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have many overlapping symptoms with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but following a recent study carried out on 20,000 people it’s now possible to tell the two conditions apart by scanning the brain. Examining the brain The new study, which was published in PLOS One, discovered a way to differentiate between traumatic brain injuries and post ...

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