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Archive for August, 2014

Brain stimulation helps in stroke treatment

Stimulating the part of the brain which controls movement may improve recovery after a stroke new research suggests. Studies showed firing beams of light into the brains of mice led to the animals moving further and faster than those without the therapy. The research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, could help […]

Hair loss reversed for alopecia sufferers

Scientists have completely reversed hair loss in three people by giving them a drug normally used to treat bone marrow disorders. The patients had alopecia areata – a condition that can cause severe, patchy baldness that is difficult to treat and after five months of taking the medication ruxolitinib, all three saw total hair re-growth. […]

Alcohol tax suggested to fund rehab and health service for addicts

Drink and drug addicts should be treated in rehab treatment centres paid for with a new tax on alcohol. The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) said that by 2024, a ring-fenced “treatment tax” would put up the cost of alcohol bought in shops by 2p per unit- it is among a number of measures recommended […]

Raised depression risks after Parkinson’s diagnosis

Depression and anxiety are twice as common in people newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease compared with the general population new research suggests. Writing in the journal Neurology, US researchers say depression increases in frequency in Parkinson’s patients and is often left untreated. Previous research suggests that the disease’s impact on the brain can be a […]

Robin Williams’ death raises mental health debate

The sad death of Robin Williams has raised a wider debate about depression and how society deals with mental illness. Discussions have ranged around the sad circumstances of the Hollywood star’s suicide and the fact that he had suffered with depression for some years – and the news on this week that he may have […]