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Positive news for MS sufferers with hopes of becoming parents
Positive news for MS sufferers with hopes of becoming parents

Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers should not be discouraged from having families, as the view on the prospect of women with MS, carrying pregnancies to term, is shifting...

Issued by Cipla 18 Sep 2017

Dr Armin Gretschel
Tygerberg performs its first deep brain stimulation

A man with tardive dystonia became the first adult to undergo deep brain stimulation (DBS) at a Western Cape state hospital...

22 Aug 2017

Size matters when it comes to keeping blood sugar levels in check
Size matters when it comes to keeping blood sugar levels in check

In a new finding that could lead to fewer complications for diabetes patients, researchers have found that changes in the size of mitochondria in a small subset of brain cells play a crucial role in safely maintaining blood sugar levels...

10 Feb 2017

Spotting early signs of ADHD in young children
Spotting early signs of ADHD in young children

With so many children starting school, parents and teachers should be acutely aware of the symptoms of ADHD to ensure they don't go unnoticed – and untreated...

18 Jan 2017

Brain impairments in premature infants may begin in the womb
Brain impairments in premature infants may begin in the womb

Even before they are born, premature babies may display alterations in the circuitry of their developing brains, according to a first-of-its kind research study by Yale School of Medicine researchers...

By Karen N. Peart 12 Jan 2017

ADHD: often misdiagnosed and incorrectly treated
ADHD: often misdiagnosed and incorrectly treated

ADHD is a chronic neuro behavioural condition that affects millions of children and often continues into adulthood...

30 Sep 2016

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Study shows how Zika infects the placenta

In a new study, Yale researchers demonstrate Zika virus infection of cells derived from human placentas...

By Ziba Kashef 19 Aug 2016

Winemaker, Pieter Walser, put his instincts to the test
Bottling brainwaves

Buried deep in our brains is a complex infrastructure of nerves known as the limbic system that keeps us alive on the most primal level...

20 Apr 2016

Zika virus linked to stillbirth, other symptoms in Brazil
Zika virus linked to stillbirth, other symptoms in Brazil

In January, a pregnant Brazilian woman infected with the Zika virus had a stillborn baby who had signs of severe tissue swelling as well as central nervous system defects that caused near-complete loss of brain tissue...

By Michael Greenwood 1 Mar 2016

Insulin resistance drug benefits heart and stroke patients
Insulin resistance drug benefits heart and stroke patients

A drug designed to treat insulin resistance reduced the risk in non-diabetic patients who recently suffered a stroke or heart attack, a new study shows...

By Ziba Kashef 23 Feb 2016

Headaches are common cause of absenteeism
Headaches are common cause of absenteeism

A recent study has found that migraine and tension-type headaches among the most common causes of lost work time and the prevalence is around the age of 40, a time when individuals are at the peak of their work abilities...

4 Feb 2016

Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship awarded to promising SA researchers
Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship awarded to promising SA researchers

The Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship, which was established to contribute to the advancement of South African academic medicine, has been awarded to two candidates...

27 Jan 2016

Research in the news: Hyperactive neurons may be culprit in Alzheimer's
Research in the news: Hyperactive neurons may be culprit in Alzheimer's

A long-term reduction in neuronal activity reduces amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease, Yale University researchers have found...

By Bill Hathaway 20 Jan 2016

Possible links between HIV/AIDS and mental disorders
Possible links between HIV/AIDS and mental disorders

Due to the virus's tendency to replicate in the central nervous tissue, HIV/AIDS may cause direct physiological injury to brain matter and neurological pathways, thereby leading to neurocognitive disorders...

1 Dec 2015

Trauma exacerbates physical, mental disorders
Trauma exacerbates physical, mental disorders

The University of Cape Town study, using data from the South African Stress and Health Study (SASH), found that exposure to trauma had a direct link to arthritis, cardiovascular and respiratory disease, chronic pain and mental illness such as anxiety...

26 Nov 2015

Alzheimer's disease starts earlier in women
Alzheimer's disease starts earlier in women

Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a disease that starts much earlier in women than supposed but is only diagnosed much later. It is associated with the elderly and is almost never diagnosed in young women and rarely in middle age women.

17 Nov 2015

Strong relationship between mental illness, cardiovascular disease
Strong relationship between mental illness, cardiovascular disease

Mental illness and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are major causes of health problems worldwide and locally...

27 Oct 2015

Strike back against the effects of a stroke
Strike back against the effects of a stroke

A stroke is the fourth most common cause of death and the leading cause of disability in South Africa. The good news for stroke patients, however, is that much can be done to treat and prevent this condition...

8 Oct 2015

Thought-controlled computer cursor takes a leap forward
Thought-controlled computer cursor takes a leap forward

Scientists working to perfect a thought-controlled computer cursor said Monday they have achieved their best results yet and are moving closer to...

30 Sep 2015

Understanding dementia - World Alzheimer's Day
Understanding dementia - World Alzheimer's Day

According to statistics from Stats SA, there are about 2.2 million people in South African living with some form of dementia...

21 Sep 2015

Research in the news: Muscle contraction may contribute to stroke damage
Research in the news: Muscle contraction may contribute to stroke damage

An investigation of blood flow network in the brain has revealed some surprising behavior of vessels during stroke, according to Yale researchers...

By Bill Hathaway 30 Jun 2015

Failure of cells' 'garbage disposal' system may contribute to Alzheimer's
Failure of cells' 'garbage disposal' system may contribute to Alzheimer's

Lysosomes, the "garbage disposal" systems of cells, are found in great abundance near the amyloid plaques in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease...

By Bill Hathaway 30 Jun 2015

Wits profs will use new method to treat neuron diseases
Wits profs will use new method to treat neuron diseases

Two University of the Witwatersrand researchers will use nanotechnology to improve drug delivery for patients suffering from neuro-degenerative illnesses such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and motor neuron disease...

4 Jun 2015

The adolescent brain develops differently in bipolar disorder
The adolescent brain develops differently in bipolar disorder

In adolescents with bipolar disorder, key areas of the brain that help regulate emotions develop differently, a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers shows...

By Bill Hathaway 1 Jun 2015

Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, MND may soon be a fear of the past
Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, MND may soon be a fear of the past

Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Motor Neuron Disease (MND), the mention of these instils fear in many of us, particularly if we know someone who is suffering with one of these diseases...

14 May 2015

China-Africa Health Collaboration focused on universal health coverage
China-Africa Health Collaboration focused on universal health coverage

The 5th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Collaboration last week in Beijing explored how Chinese and African resources and experiences can be leveraged for greater health development...

30 Mar 2015

Dealing with Dementia as research continues with international funding
Dealing with Dementia as research continues with international funding

"It is very important never to lose hope that a cure for dementia will be found," says Madré Fraenkel, innovations manager at the Livewell Suites memory care home in Somerset West...

3 Mar 2015

Dementia set to double globally, WISH to stop it
Dementia set to double globally, WISH to stop it

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), spearheaded by Qatar Foundation, published its report yesterday, 17 February 2015, to tackle the global rise in dementia and identify triggers for treatment, care and funding...

18 Feb 2015

Awareness leads people out of the darkness of neurodegenerative disease
Awareness leads people out of the darkness of neurodegenerative disease

Patients diagnosed with Spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 (SCA7) suffer from degeneration of the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls movement...

10 Feb 2015

New therapy for ADHD
New therapy for ADHD

Interactive Metronome therapy (IM) is a new type of therapy for children and teens with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (or other learning disabilities)...

6 Jan 2015

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