Secretin and Autism

One of the currently controversial treatments for autism is the use of the neurotransmitter secretin. Since the mid-90s, there have been numerous anecdotal reports that treatment with secretin results in amazing and immediate improvements in many autistic children and adults.

Migraines and Coexisting Medical Conditions

Coexisting medical conditions are multiple illnesses or health conditions that can occur at the same time. These conditions may be either or they may be independent from each other. One person with migraine may suffer from depression, while another migraine sufferer may have asthma. Both asthma and depression are coexisting conditions with migraine

Diagnosing and acknowledging the presence of migraine and coexisting conditions are important steps toward developing a successful migraine management program. For the migraine sufferer, it is important to realize that there are two or more conditions that treatment and to work with the physician to develop a plan that is compatible with your lifestyle.

10 Tips for Infection Control in the Home

 Orf Virus Transmission electron micrographSome germs are good as they can help your body develop antibodies to fight off infections. However, too many germs is not a good thing and can keep you in your sick bed if you are not careful. It is often said that your home could be the biggest germ factory in your life, spreading infection and preventing faster recovery times.

With some easy adjustments to your regular home routine, you can cut down on the infectious germs that cause such illnesses as the cold, flu, allergies and even gastrointestinal issues.

Ten Unusual Types Of Headache

 Computed tomography (CT) scan showing pituitary tumourIt’s all too common, the pain that comes from having a tension headache or a migraine headache. But there are also a lot of different types of headaches out there that aren’t spoken of as much. Consider yourself lucky if you’ve never heard of these.

The Cluster Headache

Cluster headaches are a form of headache that can be truly devastating to one’s way of life. This type of headache received its name due to the way in which the headaches attack – in clusters. Many headache patients say that this type of headache is the most painful of any of them, and it strikes with little to no warning, with the peak of pain kicking in very quickly.

Mediterranean Diet in Alzheimer’s Patients Lengthens Lives

Alheimer's Brain PlaqueResearch coming out of Columbia University Medical Center in New York indicates that following a “Mediterranean diet” could help people with Alzheimers disease live longer than patients who eat a more conventional Western diet.

The study, published in the September 11, 2007, issue of Neurology, followed 192 people with Alzheimer’s disease in New York, an average four and a half years. During that period, 85 of the people died. Researchers discovered that those who most closely adhered to a Mediterranean diet were 76% less likely to die during the study period than those who followed the diet the least.

Foods to Avoid for Migraines

Those who suffer with migraines understand the meaning of the word pain. They experience pain to the point of it becoming a debilitating condition for them. The pain they experience is the result of blood vessels that have become overfilled with blood. These vessels that are overfilled put pressure on the sensitive nerve endings in your brain. This causes the throbbing and very painful symptoms of migraines.

Some patients report that they become hypersensitive to certain lights and sounds while experiencing a migraine. They can become nauseous or vomit during an migraine attack.

Women are 3 times more likely to experience migraines than men are.

Certain foods may be able to reduce the severity of these migraine attacks or decrease the number of attacks that occur.

Those who suffer from migraines may benefit from eating cold water fish like cod, herring, mackerel, sardines and tuna because they contain omega-3 fatty acids.

Migraine sufferers have reported a decrease in symptoms and occurrences when they avoid eating the following foods:

    aged cheeses
    chocolates
    fermented sausages
    pickled herrings

Tumour Nanoparticle Uptake in 3-D Cell Culture

Human Cancer cells in cultureNew brain tumour treatment possibilities from the University of Nottingham. The nanoparticle drug delivery system, specifically created for brain tumour therapy, has shown promising tumour cell selectivity in a novel cell culture model, according to a paper in the September issue of the Experimental Biology and Medicine

Therapy for brain cancers is especially complicated for many reasons, such as getting enough of the drug to the tumour, and achieving sufficient selectivity of the drug action.

A nanoparticle (or nanopowder) is a microscopic particle with at least one dimension less than 100 nm. Nanoparticle research is currently an area of intense scientific research, due to a wide variety of potential applications in biomedical, optical, and electronic fields.

Magnetoencephalography New Tool for Diagnosing Alzheimers

MagnetoencephalographyResearchers at the University of Minnesota have announced a new noninvasive, painless method of diagnosing brain diseases. This is something I think we will be hearing a lot of in the future, because it represents new possibilities for less-stressful, pain free diagnosis for complex brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, as well as a way to measure the effectiveness of different treatments for these diseases. It also makes for a more objective assessment that current methods such as behavioral examinations and psychiatric interviews.

MEGs and SQUIDs

Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is an imaging technique for measuring magnetic fields produced by electrical activity in the brain. It works through extremely sensitive devices such as superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs).