Blood Vessel Gene Linked to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Motor Neurone Disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or Maladie de Charcot affects from one to five out of every 100,000 people. It is a fatal, progressive neurodegenerative disease caused by the degeneration of motor neurons in the central nervous system which control voluntary muscle movement. Researchers at the University of Bath have found a causal link between the gene which produces angiogenin - a protein involved in blood vessel formation- and the development of some forms of ALS.

Anxiety Defined

Anxiety is something we all feel on an every day basis in life, this may be because of finances, work or relationships. It may be just be thinking about arriving on time for an event or social outing. Most people can easily manage the anxiety they feel in one way or another but not every one finds it easy, there is a small percentage of the population that suffer with anxiety on a higher level, this group suffer with a larger amount of anxiety and find it difficult to manage the anxiety they feel.

Vertigo Drug Betahistine Potential Blockbuster Obesity Medication

A doctor at Tel Aviv University has found that the vertigo medication Betahistine, also known as SERC, suppresses the desire to eat fatty foods. The effects were seen to be most significant in women under the age of 50. Women under 50 who took Histalean (a repurposed form of Betahistine) for 12 weeks lost 7 times the weight of those taking a placebo during the recently completed Phase II clinical trial.

Long Sleeper Syndrome

Sleep is vital in maintaining normal bodily functions. The amount of sleep needed by a person usually depends on his or her age and health status. Hence, the length of slumber needed by a child differ from the sleep requirement of an adult. Disorders that affect the sleeping pattern can easily take its toll on the persons cognitive abilities, emotions, social behavior, and physical well-being. For this reason, it is important to identify the existence of a sleep disorder and treat the syndrome accordingly.

Mediterranean Diet in Alzheimer's Patients Lengthens Lives

Research coming out of Columbia University Medical Center in New York indicates that following a “Mediterranean diet" could help people with Alzheimers disease live longer than patients who eat a more conventional Western diet. The study, published in the September 11, 2007, issue of Neurology, followed 192 people with Alzheimer’s disease in New York, an average four and a half years. During that period, 85 of the people died. Researchers discovered that those who most closely adhered to a Mediterranean diet were 76% less likely to die during the study period than those who followed the diet the least.

Magnetoencephalography New Tool for Diagnosing Alzheimers

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have announced a new noninvasive, painless method of diagnosing brain diseases. This is something we will be hearing a lot of in the future, because it represents new possibilities for less-stressful, pain free diagnosis for complex brain diseases such as Alzheimers, as well as a way to measure the effectiveness of different treatments for these diseases. It also makes for a more objective assessment that current methods such as behavioral examinations and psychiatric interviews.

Why does Drinking Alcohol Cause Hot Flashes?

More than 40 million women are estimated to experience hot flashes each year. Everybody knows that prescribing hormones can reduce these symptoms in menopausal and perimenopausal women. Yet how much is really known about how hot flashes work, or why certain things, like alcohol consumption, trigger them? One recent paper, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, looked at the influence of alcohol consumption on hot flashes in midlife women.

A Brief History of Tobacco Smoking

Tobacco has a long and very interesting history. Here is a brief summary of some of the highlights (and lowlights) of Tobacco’s history: ** 6000 BC:** Tobacco starts growing in the Americas, the only country in the world to which it is native. 1000 BC: The Mayan civilization of Central America begin using the leaves of the Tobacco plant for smoking and chewing. Gradually, the habit is adopted throughout America.