Month: July 2016

New drug eases Huntington’s disease symptoms

An experimental drug may help control the involuntary, sudden muscle movements associated with Huntington’s disease, with fewer side effects, according to the results of a small trial. Fatal genetic disorder “Deutetrabenazine is not yet FDA-approved, but assuming it becomes available, practicing clinicians may have another choice for their individual patients,” said lead researcher Dr Samuel …

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Blood test may help prevent overuse of antibiotics

An inexpensive blood test could one day tell doctors whether an infection is caused by a virus or a bacteria, and help prevent unwarranted prescribing of antibiotics, researchers said. Infections look the same The diagnostic test, described in the peer-reviewed journal Science Translational Medicine, is being developed by the Stanford University School of Medicine in …

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Know the facts about depression this Mental Health Awareness Month

It is a frightening fact that around a fifth of all South Africans will experience a depressive disorder at least once during their lifetime. Even scarier is that more than sixty percent will not get the necessary help. The biggest danger of anxiety and depression is risk of suicide. The incidence of suicide in South Africa …

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5 health conditions that are worse during winter

As if the cold winter weather isn’t bad enough on its own, it also aggravates the following conditions: Seasonal affective disorder Seasonal affective disorder, ironically and commonly known as SAD, is a type of depression that affects people during the winter months. All of us tend to have more energy and are generally a lot …

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