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 »

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – new facts

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has been not only definitional problem, but also diagnostic and therapeutic one for medical world. Scientists from Center for Infection and Immunity and from Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York in their latest report come closer to the solution. Read full text »

Embolization – efficient and save treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome

Catheter LubricationPelvic congestion sydrome (PCS) presents with noncyclic lower abdominal or pelvic pain that persists for longer than 6 months. The pain-related symptoms are described as a dull ache or fullness that can last for many hours or even days. The underlying pathology consists on pelvic varicosities. The current treatment methods include painkillers as symptomatic management. The contraceptives are administered for pain treatment related with menstruation. If these methods are insufficient, the invasive approach is suggested. Until the interventional radiology development, a total histerectomy has been performed. Despite of total uterus removal, the pain reduction was not observed in each case. Read full text »

Morquio syndrome – the first enzymatic therapy

DNA moleculeFood and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the first enzymatic therapy in treatment of type IV-A mucopolysaccharidose (type A Morquio syndrome). Read full text »

The frailty syndrome – there are more and more such patients

Owing to the fact that societies are ageing, especially in industrialized countries, the number of geriatric patients to whom we should pay special attention increases. It was noticed long time ago that not the metrical but the biological age is significant to asses condition and prognosis of the patients. That’s why a scale called Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS) was developed. After describing the co-existent diseases and disability or impairment of cognitive functions, it allows for assessment of the biological age of the patient. Read full text »

Is AOIS the new AIDS?

Recently the world has held breath as the new dangerous disease was discovered. The Adult-Onset Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AOIS) resembles Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) not only in its name, but more importantly in its clinical course. Patients, who were born almost exclusively in Thailand or Taiwan present with symptoms of multiple opportunistic infections. Authors of the study (1) on AOIS, published in the August issue of prestigious New England Journal Of Medicine, claim there is no evidence on the viral etiology of the disease. However, as some media hailed AOIS as “HIV 2.0”, the tension remains. Read full text »

Endometriosis – migraine’s bad sister

The comorbidity of endometriosis and migraine was first discovered in 1975, but until now has not been fully acknowledged. Although both diseases share some epidemiological and clinical features, the nature of their relationship remains unclear. Does endometriosis cause headaches? Or is it migraine that makes endometriosis more detectable? Why do they have so much in common? These issues are discussed in the population-based study performed by Taiwanian scientists, which proves that indeed „women with endometriosis are more likely to suffer from migraines” (1). Read full text »

Fructose diet impairs studying – metabolic syndrome in the brain

All the students beware! Nibbling sweets and drinking soda during cramming might actually threaten your exams. UCLA scientists found that unhealthy diet hampers the brain functions such as learning and memory. According to their findings, presented in the May edition of Journal of Physiology (1), rats watered with fructose solution were slow in finding the way out of a maze, which they had learnt before the introduction of diet. A mechanism responsible for this relation is connected with insulin receptor signalling and synaptic plasticity in the central nervous system. Fortunately, the researchers found the antidote – omega -3 fatty acids (n-3) minimize the harmful effects of high-sugar diet. Read full text »

Mobile phones – Human Phantom Vibration Syndrome

Human Phantom Vibration Syndrome (HPVS) is a new phenomenon on the verge of psychology and neurology that affects many users of mobile phones. It manifests itself differently but most commonly the owner a cell phone experiences the sensation of a vibration signal, although the device receives neither a message nor a call. The phenomenon has already been described in medical journals, however, there are very few studies on how often it occurs and what are the causes. Read full text »

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – unluckily we still don’t have the culprit

Nowadays, especially in industrial countries it is more common to hear about psychiatric disorders. There are more and more described neuro-psychatric diseases. An interesting disease is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), first described in 1956 in England, and in the year 1988 it was recognized as individual syndrome by Center for Disease Control (CDC). Read full text »