Stress hormones can prevent disorders after a traumatic event

Stress hormones can prevent disorders after a traumatic event

In a recent study, a group of researchers have found that the Ppm1f (Protein phosphatase 1f) gene is altered when exposed to traumatic stress and is associated with posttraumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. People who have suffered from traffic accidents, war combat, terrorist attacks and exposure to other traumatic events have an increased likelihood of developing diseases. These diseases can be psychological and physical, such as heart problems and cancer. The current preventive treatments based on psychological support and drugs are effective in some cases. Unfortunately, these treatments do…

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Good news! Green tea may benefit people with bone-marrow disorders

Good news! Green tea may benefit people with bone-marrow disorders

The green tea that you drink to lose those extra pounds has many other powerful effects as a compound found in this ‘super-drink’ may have a life saving potential for people with bone-marrow disorders, reveals a study. The research appeared in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis in the U.S. and their German collaborators found that a compound epigallocatechine-3-gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol found in green tea leaves, may be of particular benefit to patients struggling with multiple myeloma and amyloidosis, often-fatal medical complications associated…

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Sip on Green Tea: It Could Protect Those With Bone Marrow Disorders

Sip on Green Tea: It Could Protect Those With Bone Marrow Disorders

Love sipping green tea? You are doing wonders for your health. This elixir is loaded with miraculous properties that are not only good for detoxifying, weight loss, de-stressing and glowing skin but also in helping you fight the risks of several major diseases. Green tea contains natural agents like catechins, polyphenols and antioxidants that help in effectively carrying out various functions of the body, including fighting against harmful free radicals. It’s not without reason that health experts recommend including green tea in one’s daily diet. For first timers, it may take…

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Fat Shaming Can Be Major Cause of Health Disorders

Fat Shaming Can Be Major Cause of Health Disorders

A lot of people are subjected to fat shaming – at work, in school and almost every day. It is a form of prejudice where people are extremely critical of your appearance. Researchers from Penn Medicine believe that people who are obese or overweight face the stereotype of being lazy, incompetent or unattractive and are constantly blamed for their excess weight. According to this study, this kind of an attitude can take a toll on their health and put them at the risk of other diseases like heart trouble and metabolic…

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New Blood Test May Identify Alcohol Disorders in Foetus

New Blood Test May Identify Alcohol Disorders in Foetus

Researchers have identified a blood test that may help predict how severely a newborn can be affected by alcohol exposure during pregnancy. Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is a severe form of mental and physical disabilities. Children and adults affected by FASD may experience a range of symptoms, from physical changes like a small head and subtle differences in facial characteristics to learning difficulties and behavioural issues. The study showed that moderate to high levels of alcohol exposure during early pregnancy resulted in significant differences in some circulating small RNA…

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Performance Boosting Hormone May Help Patients With Mental Disorders

Performance Boosting Hormone May Help Patients With Mental Disorders

Individuals suffering from bipolar disorder or depression treated with a hormone best known to boost performance in sportspersons may also improve their cognitive functioning, a study has found. The hormone erythropoietin (EPO), mostly produced by the kidney, is essential for the production of red blood cells. EPO gives the blood a greater capacity to carry oxygen, and is thus used as a performance-enhancing drug by the sportspersons, the study said. The findings showed that EPO had beneficial effects on patients’ verbal memory, attention span as well as planning ability. The…

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Preggers with bipolar disorders suffer huge risk of postpartum psychosis

Preggers with bipolar disorders suffer huge risk of postpartum psychosis

Postpartum psychosis almost always stems from bipolar disorder but is often missed because of its rarity and lack of research on the subject. Compounding the problem, physicians are reluctant to prescribe lithium for breastfeeding women for fear that the drug will negatively impact the baby. However, a small number of lithium-treated mothers and breastfed babies have been studied and the infants had no adverse effects with careful follow up, said Winser, the lead author. Lithium is the most effective and fast-acting drug to treat postpartum psychosis. Postpartum psychosis increases the…

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Nearly 60 Million Indians Suffer From Mental Disorders

Nearly 60 Million Indians Suffer From Mental Disorders

At least 60 million Indians — a number more than the population of South Africa — suffer from mental disorders, even as the country lags the world in medical professionals and spending on mental-health issues. Nearly 10-20 million (1-2 per cent of the population) Indians suffered from severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and nearly 50 million (5 per cent of the population) suffered from common mental disorders like depression and anxiety at the end of 2005, Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda informed the Lok…

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Altered DNA linked with psychiatric disorders identified

Altered DNA linked with psychiatric disorders identified

Brain scans have revealed a genetic mutation that affects the structure, function and chemistry of the brain, and thus increases the risk of major psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, says a research. The findings showed that the people with the DISC1 mutation caused a part of one chromosome to swap places with another as well as lead to changes in the structure of their brain. These changes were associated with a significant increase in the risk of psychiatric illness, the researchers said. “The study confirms and extends…

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