Maintaining balance: Blood sodium levels may affect cognition in older adults

Maintaining balance: Blood sodium levels may affect cognition in older adults

Scientists have found that lower levels of sodium in the blood – known as hyponatremia – is linked with a decline in cognitive function with advancing age. Hyponatremia occurs when the sodium level in the blood falls below 135 Millimoles Per Litre (mmol/L), according to a study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Mild hyponatremia was once thought to be asymptomatic, but recent studies suggest that it may be associated with higher risks of attention deficits, gait disturbances, falls, cardiovascular events, and even premature death….

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Pathological signatures: Autism, schizophrenia share gene activity in brain

Pathological signatures: Autism, schizophrenia share gene activity in brain

Researchers have found that certain psychiatric disorders like autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder share some physical characteristics at the molecular level, specifically, patterns of gene expression in the brain. The findings, published in the journal Science, raise hope for better diagnosis and therapies for people with major psychiatric disorders. “These findings provide a molecular, pathological signature of these disorders, which is a large step forward,” said senior study author Daniel Geschwind, Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The major challenge now is to understand how these changes arose,”…

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Moms-to-be, take note. European experts advise against epilepsy drug in pregnancy

Moms-to-be, take note. European experts advise against epilepsy drug in pregnancy

An expert committee of Europe’s medicines watchdog recommended Friday that a drug used to treat epilepsy and linked to malformations in children not be used in pregnancy. The compound, valproate, is also used for migraine and bipolar disorder, and doctors already advised against prescribing the medicine for pregnant women in France. France’s medicines regulator, known by the acronym ANSM, asked the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) to conduct a risk review. The EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) said in a statement Friday it was recommending that valproate not be…

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Will Challenge “Illegal Action” In Court, Says Hafiz Saeed After Pak Crackdown

Will Challenge “Illegal Action” In Court, Says Hafiz Saeed After Pak Crackdown

Hafiz Saeed said the Pak government is “taking extreme action against us” to please America and India. LAHORE:  Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has said he will challenge the government’s “illegal” action in the court of law after Pakistan launched a crackdown on seminaries and health facilities run by him. Under pressure to act against banned groups, Pakistan took control of a seminary and four dispensaries run by Saeed-linked Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF). According to the interior ministry notification, a copy of which available with PTI, “the federal government…

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Human eggs grown to maturity in lab, signals breakthrough in fertility treatment

Human eggs grown to maturity in lab, signals breakthrough in fertility treatment

Scientists have grown human egg cells to full maturity in the lab in a potential breakthrough for fertility treatment, they announced in a study published on Friday. Researchers in New York and Edinburgh developed a new method to grow eggs from very early-stage cells obtained from ovary tissue, a team reported in the journal Molecular Human Reproduction. The eggs were grown to the point at which they could be fertilised. This had previously been achieved with mouse egg cells, while human eggs had been successfully cultivated starting from a much…

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Drug-related mental health admissions in NHS hit record high

Drug-related mental health admissions in NHS hit record high

The annual number of hospital admissions in England with a diagnosis of a drug-related mental or behavioural disorder has reached an all-time high, figures show. There were 82,135 hospital admissions in the year to April 2017 with a primary or secondary diagnosis of drug-related mental and behavioural disorders, according to the NHS figures. That compares with 81,904 over the same period a year earlier and 38,170 in 2006-07. However, the number of admissions with a primary diagnosis of drug-related mental and behavioural disorders was down 12% on the previous year, to 7,545….

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Bacteria found in milk can trigger rheumatoid arthritis, a disease common in women

Bacteria found in milk can trigger rheumatoid arthritis, a disease common in women

Researchers have found that a strain of bacteria commonly found in milk may be a trigger for developing rheumatoid arthritis in people who are genetically at risk. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease that causes the immune system to attack a person’s joints, muscles, bones and organs. Patients suffer from pain and deformities mostly in the hands and feet. It can occur at any age but the most common onset is between 40 and 60 years old and is three times more prevalent in women. The study, published…

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We are facing a silent epidemic. ‘Disturbingly high rates of diabetes’ found in India

We are facing a silent epidemic. ‘Disturbingly high rates of diabetes’ found in India

India is facing an epidemic of diabetes and high blood pressure, often called “silent killers” because they lead to heart disease, said a report today involving more than 1.3 million people. The rate of diabetes in India is over 6%, while around one quarter of people have high blood pressure, said the first nationally representative figures on the topic, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. While these rates are lower than the United States and China, experts say a combination of widespread tobacco use,…

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LG G6 Now Available in 8 Colour Variants, LG Q6 in 7 Colour Variants

LG G6 Now Available in 8 Colour Variants, LG Q6 in 7 Colour Variants

HIGHLIGHTS LG G6 will get Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet, and Raspberry Rose options LG Q6 will get Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet variants Raspberry Rose has been reserved only for the LG V30 and LG G6 LG on Tuesday announced that the LG G6 and LG Q6 will receive new colour variants in South Korea, added from LG V30’s lineup of colours. The LG G6 will get the Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet, and Raspberry Rose variants. The LG Q6, on the other hand, will get only the Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet variants. This takes…

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Classic Art Deco Home on a Double Lot in Miami Beach

Classic Art Deco Home on a Double Lot in Miami Beach

LISTING OF THE DAY
 Location: Miami Beach, Florida Price: $4.95 million This fully remodeled and modernized Art Deco house is in a fairly quiet and private area of Miami Beach. “They’ve taken an older house to the next level,” said listing agent Nelson Gonzalez. “It’s in perfect condition, with a great layout—two bedrooms up, two bedrooms down,” he said. “It has a very large kitchen that opens to a family room.” The gated house was built in 1934 and has been recently renovated, Mr. Gonzalez said. High hedges provide lots of privacy….

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