About Alzheimer’s disease Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dimentia, a disease characterised by severe memory loss, mood changes and communication problems. AD is a progressive disease which gets worse overtime. Patients suffering with rapidly degenerative AD eventually require full-time care as they become unable to complete day-to-day tasks, such as cleaning … Continue reading
Look out for this week’s medical news blog in which the progressive and devastating disease that is Alzheimer’s is discussed following the announcement that a new drug has been approved by the FDA which could diagnose the disease years before symptoms. This blog looks at this new test and contemplates how it could change a … Continue reading
Background on avian flu Avian flu (bird flu) is a highly contagious virus that infects a wide variety of birds, causing a varying state of disease. Symptoms observed in infected birds are similar to those caused by influenza in humans. There are over 26 types of avian flu virus, but the deadliest strain to date … Continue reading
About Parkinson’s Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition which affects the central nervous system. The disease is caused by a lack of dopamine-producing cells in the substantia nigra region of the brain. Without sufficient dopamine, movement are slow, giving rise to the common motor symptoms including tremor, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), rigidity and postural … Continue reading
The news In the last few weeks, it has been reported that 1 in 4 toddlers are lacking in vitamin D (1). This has lead to one case of rickets a month in hospitals causing experts to believe that daily recommendations on vitamin D supplementation are not being followed (2). According to a study, nearly … Continue reading
A study conducted by a team including Maria Ohlsson Teague and Dr Michelle Lane at the University of Adelaide, Australia has produced interesting results which may demonstrate one example of a genetic process by which obesity is passed on to offspring in mice. In the study, mice were screened for changes in DNA that caused proteins to be switched off. … Continue reading
This week’s blog discusses research that might have identified how obesity is genetically transmitted onto children. Scientists in Australia have discovered that certain changes in sperm in obese male mice produced obese mice pups. To read about the biological alterations behind this and possible future therapies look out for this next blog.
Why do we need a flu jab? Influenza, also known as “flu”, is a highly infectious disease caused by an RNA virus. Common symptoms of flu include chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pain, headache, coughing and fatigue. However, the infection can be more serious in individuals who have weakened immune systems, such as the over 65’s, … Continue reading
What do you know about the flu jab? Should you be getting it? Why do we need it? Look out for an informative post at the end of this week.
As last Thursday 1st December was World AIDS day, I thought it was appropriate this week to give a short update on news concerning AIDS and HIV. Unfortunately, the news is mixed as the ongoing battle against this devastating disease continues. Last week saw the release of a report from the United Nations that revealed … Continue reading