In the current times we have seen a massive increase in the amount of diseases that are sprouting up in every corner of the world. While several of these diseases are ordinary and treatable mutations in the ones we are already familiar with, there are also new problems arising which are causing serious concern. While the scientists and researchers spend millions in researching these problems and finding out solutions, it is important that we are well aware of what these problems are and what the latest developments have been in the field of medicine. To make sure that we play our part, we will be sharing latest developments in a diverse range of issues so that you can keep yourself well informed. Keep reading to find out more.
New development in treatment of Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s disease is one of the most widely spread diseases in the world with over 10 million people suffering from it. This disease causes a progressive deterioration in the brain cells which are responsible for releasing dopamine, a chemical which plays a key role in the movement mechanism of the body. Several studies have been carried out over the years that showed great promise in terms of treating Parkinson’s but so far no proper cure has been developed. However, a new study that was conducted in the University of Bath UK and funded by Parkinson’s UK showed it is possible to slow down the damage that is caused by Parkinson’s disease. The agent responsible for this is a peptide which they have created and it can stick itself to malfunctioning α- synuclein and prevent them from killing dopamine cells. This development is certainly one of the biggest breakthroughs so far in the research for finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease and if successful, could be good news for millions of people all over the world.
Excessive sleep possible cause of stroke
Over the years we have found countless researches that found the negative impacts that sleep deprivation could have over our bodies. The problems that were found included temporary memory impairment, loss of concentration and other serious problems too including heart disease and diabetes. However, in a recent research, it has been found that oversleeping is also not good for us and could lead to serious problems too. The standard set by the National Sleep Foundation for the amount of hours that an adult needs to sleep every day is 7-9. In the study, there were 9692 participants and the mean age was 62 and the result of the study was that anyone who slept for more than 8 hours was facing a drastic increase in the chances of having a stroke. The actual figure for the increase is 46% which is a staggering amount and is certainly a cause of alarm as well. According to follow up studies, the increase in the average amount of sleep a person got was itself usable as a warning sign that the chances for a stroke were increasing. Given the diversity of the test subjects in the research, it is clear that the issue is real and we must start taking care of it immediately.
New sign discovered for heart failure
The amount of people that suffer from heart failure at some point in their life is unbelievably huge and while the reasons may be extremely diverse, it is still something that we should be concerned about. While the list of things that could lead to heart failure is quite long, there has been a recent addition in the things that would suggest the possibility of heart failure in a person. According to a new research conducted by Mayo Clinic, this new addition to the list is a lack of ability to perform everyday tasks normally. The research was conducted in Rochester and has more than more than 1700 participants who had an average age of 75. The research asked the participants to fill up questionnaires that helped in finding out if they had problems with everyday tasks. 59% of the candidates showed positive signs of problem. Subsequently, the follow up showed that 614 of them actually died within three years and another 910 hospitalized. The statistics clearly showed that it was possible to use this problem as a sign for heart related problems and could even help in avoiding potential loss of lives.
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