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Dyslexia.. What is?

Dyslexia.. What is?

Dyslexia, also known as reading disorder, is characterized by trouble with reading despite normal intelligence. Different people are affected to varying degrees. Problems may include difficulties in spelling words, reading quickly, writing words, “sounding out” words in the head, pronouncing words when reading aloud and understanding what one reads. Often these difficulties are first n... »

Cocaine intoxication

Cocaine intoxication

Cocaine intoxication refers to the immediate and deleterious effects of cocaine on the body. Although cocaine intoxication and cocaine dependence can be present in the same individual, these syndromes present with different symptoms. Signs and symptoms Cocaine increases alertness, feelings of well-being, euphoria, energy, competence, sociability, and sexuality. Common side effects include anxiety,... »

Asperger syndrome

Asperger syndrome

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger’s, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. As a milder autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it differs from other ASDs by relatively normal language and intelligence. Although not required for diagn... »

TUBERCULOSIS

TUBERCULOSIS

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB). Tuberculosis generally affects thelungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. Most infections do not have symptoms, known as latent tuberculosis. About 10% of latent infections progress to active disease which, if left untreated, kills about half of those infected. The classic symptoms of ac... »

Should We Be Using Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitisers?

Should We Be Using Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitisers?

They’re everywhere in hospitals, travellers’ backpacks and the aisles of pharmacies in winter, but do we really need to use alcohol-based hand sanitisers? And what should we make of the marketing claims they’re needed to kill germs? Our research found we touch our face up to 23 times each hour and, of these, ten touches are to our eyes, nose or mouth. So while touching your face with contami... »

If You Develop Alzheimer’s, Will Your Children Get It Too?

If You Develop Alzheimer’s, Will Your Children Get It Too?

he most common question I get asked is “Will my child get Alzheimer’s disease?” In my experience, this concern is one of the biggest worries for sufferers, and given the devastating effects of the disease, it is not hard to see why it is a difficult thought to contemplate. For those people with a familial form of Alzheimer’s disease, the answer is quite straightforward. This type of disease is cau... »

RIO 2016 OLYMPICS: HOW SICK COULD YOU ACTUALLY GET FROM DRINKING THE WATER?

RIO 2016 OLYMPICS: HOW SICK COULD YOU ACTUALLY GET FROM DRINKING THE WATER?

The run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics has been particularly bruising, with fears of the Zika virus, doping scandals, political instability in Brazil, high crime levels, infrastructure struggles, and the recently reignited debate over the city’s water sanitation. Headlines over the past week or so have streamed with talk about how “just three teaspoons of water” containing Rio’s raw human sewage woul... »

Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes Have Arrived In The United States

Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes Have Arrived In The United States

It was a matter of when, not if. A handful of men and women living in Florida have been diagnosed with Zika, making them the first official cases of the virus contracted within the United States. The implication here is that the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can be found across many of the warmer southern states, is now able to spread the virus across parts of North America. Accordin... »

Excessive Drinking Could Increase Your Chance Of Asthma

Boozing on a daily basis could cause changes in the composition of your breath, potentially leading to an increased risk of asthma and other respiratory diseases, according to new research. Appearing in the latest issue of the journal Chest, the study reveals how people classed as “excessive drinkers” have considerably lower levels of nitric oxide in their breath, which could lead to their airways... »

New Research Reveals How Cocaine Affects Your DNA

New Research Reveals How Cocaine Affects Your DNA

It’s no secret that long-term cocaine use alters the way some of your genes are expressed, resulting in changes to the structure and connectivity of your brain. These changes can lead to intense cravings for the drug, which is partly why so many recovering addicts tend to relapse even after they have become clean. Until now, the mechanisms behind these genetic alterations had not been well underst... »

Remind Me Again, How Close Are We To A Cure For HIV?

Remind Me Again, How Close Are We To A Cure For HIV?

Finding a cure for HIV is a powerful concept, often spoken of as the Holy Grail of HIV research. Although effective anti-HIV drugs have transformed HIV into a chronic manageable condition – a condition you live with, rather than die from – taking life-long therapy is a very different proposition to being definitively cured. An affordable, scalable HIV cure that worked as well in rural Malawi as in... »

Are you good in school? Everything depends on your DNA..

Are you good in school? Everything depends on your DNA..

Though we are often told we can do anything we set our minds to, new research suggests that, unlike in the movies, determination and hard work aren’t always enough when it comes to getting the best grades in school. According to a new study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, almost 10 percent of the difference between kids’ grades at age 16 is determined by their DNA, while only about 5 percent ... »

Study Links Alcohol To Seven Types Of Cancer

Study Links Alcohol To Seven Types Of Cancer

Alcohol has long been recognized as a carcinogenic substance, but narrowing down exactly what primarily causes which types of cancer is a tricky task. A researcher from the University of Otago in New Zealand has scoured through a plethora of pre-existing studies regarding alcohol and cancer, hoping to highlight alcohol’s malevolent role by ruling out other factors. Writing an opinion piece in the ... »

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