Month: December 2018

Anti-seizure drug may be new weapon against depression

A drug used to control seizures may be a potent weapon against depression in patients who don’t find relief with antidepressants, a small pilot study suggests. Some of the 18 patients taking ezogabine (Potiga) experienced a 45% reduction in depression and an increase in their ability to feel pleasure, as well as an increase in …

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IBS or cancer – how do you tell the difference?

Holly Slater was a fit and healthy 28-year-old nursery worker who died from bowel cancer after doctors mistakenly diagnosed her with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). She saw her doctor several times over an 18-month period — she was suffering from bloating and abdominal cramps, which doctors misdiagnosed as IBS. Slater was prescribed medication to ease …

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Incontinence – has there been any progress in treatment options?

Medical innovations are popping up left, right and centre in our modern era of technology. Research is being done to cure cancer and other deadly or chronic diseases, but unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to all conditions – one of which is urinary incontinence.   What treatment options are there? Absorbent pads and nappies designed for …

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Does stroke run in your family? Healthy living lowers the risk

Has stroke hit your family particularly hard? A healthy lifestyle may be your best defense, new research shows. The study of more than 306 000 white British people found that exercising, eating right and not smoking lowered stroke risk – even for those whose DNA predisposed them to the attacks. The findings “highlight the potential of lifestyle …

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Breast implants may increase your risk of a rare type of cancer

Most people are aware that there are some risks when it comes to getting breast implants – like scarring and infection, to name a few. But now, a new NBC News report points out that there’s one more thing people should consider: Breast implants may be linked to a certain type of cancer. Breast implant-associated anaplastic large …

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What’s next for disabling back pain? New discs grown from patients’ own cells

People with disabling back pain may one day receive replacement spinal discs grown from their own stem cells, researchers say. Preliminary results in goats are encouraging, according to the University of Pennsylvania researchers who’ve been working toward this goal for about 15 years.   Every reason to be optimistic In their latest effort, the team …

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