Infection with hepatitis C virus is a risk factor of Parkinson’s disease

Sharing a momentChronic Infection with hepatitis C virus can increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease to around 30% ‒ this is a conclusion of the authors of the research carried out in Medical University of China and published in Neurology magazine.

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Interventional nutrition as a treatment for chronic pain in diabetic neuropathy

iStock_000020735338XSmallType II diabetes is a civilization disease of the 21st century. According to statistics, in 2014 the number of people with this disease was 422 million (fourfold increase in the number of patients within 35 years). It is the most common cause of disability and deaths worldwide. It is estimated that the global number of patients will exceed 777 million in 2025. Over 60% of patients report persistent pain, numbness, tingling, burning sensation, tenderness of the skin, especially in the distal parts of the limbs referred to as (poly) diabetic neuropathy.

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Air pollution as a leading risk factor for stroke

iStock_000019071669XSmallEach year, worldwide approximately 15 million people have a stroke. Of witch, 6,000,000 die and 5,000,000 remain permanently paralyzed, what becomes the second most common cause of disability. Recent studies show air pollution as a leading risk factor for stroke in the world.

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Migraine headaches as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease among women

In a BMJ journal, a study describing the relationship between the occurrence of migraine among women and the increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack or stroke, was published. An increased mortality rate for these diseases in the population of women with migraine headaches was also observed. Read full text »

Vitamin D deficiency has an impact on restless legs syndrome occurrence

Turkish scientists published results of their studies in „Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment” journal, in which they proved that vitamin D deficiency has an impact on restless legs syndrome occurence. In the independent pilot study, published in „Sleep and Breathing” journal, scientists from Saudi Arabia proved that a deficiency of vitamin D potentiates symptoms of the previously pointed syndrome. Read full text »

Alzheimer’s disease in men is associated with loss of chromosome Y

DNA moleculeRecent studies presented at the conference of the European Society of Human Genetics in Barcelona, ​​Spain, shows that men whose red blood cells are characterized by the absence of the Y chromosome, are more prone to reveal Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists hope that in the future these results can be the basis for the early identification of people with increased risk of this disease.

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A dairy products rich diet has a beneficial effect on cognitive ability and short-term memory

iStock_000019071669_FullShort-term memory is a type of memory that stores a relatively small amount of information for short period of time. Assessment of short-term memory is useful as a screening tool for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease. Previous studies have indicated associations between intake of dairy products, better cognitive function and increase in short-term memory. However, these studies have not considered genetic, family or environmental factors. Scientists from the Department of Health Promotion Science (Osaka) and the Center for Twin Research (Osaka) evaluated the impact of the above factors and the dairy products rich diet on a research group made up of twins. Read full text »

Noninvasive imaging of atherosclerotic plaque instability by MRI

iStock_000015911522_DoubleAtherosclerosis is a significant risk factor of coronary and cerebrovascular occlusive accidents, manifested as acute myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke, which remain a leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Due to its multifactorial etiology and clinical implications, atherosclerosis has become an subject of many studies regarding a pathogenesis and natural course of the disease. According to the latest news provided by scientists from Boston University School of Medicine, the development and identification of atherosclerotic plaques at the highest risk for thrombosis can be successfully evaluated by using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Read full text »

Sleep disorders in the elderly age raise the risk of a stroke

Sleeping in this weekend?According to the latest reports, elderly people, who sleep badly, particularly those who frequently wake up at night, are more likely to have a stroke in the future. Scientists from Colorado discovered that the reason could be the deficiency of oxygen in the brain tissue and hardening of cerebral arterioles. Read full text »

A breakthrough in diagnostics of autism via the assessment of inhibitory signalling in the brain?

Illusion of Human MindScientists from Harvard University have discovered the probable cause of autism. They were the first ones to connect a specific neurotransmitter in the human brain with the incidence of the disease. Due to this observation the spectrum of knowledge about autism, and thus the diagnostic and therapeutical possibilities regarding autism, would widen. The previous reports described the role of GABA signalling in the pathogenesis of the disease on animal models. The team of scientists under the lead of Caroline Robertson from Harvard Society of Fellows were the first ones to prove its vital role in the development of the disorder in people.

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