Pollution particles found in human brains

  • September 9th, 2016
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New study reveals toxic particles from air pollution have been discovered in human brains. The particles of magnetite raises concerns as the research has suggested these contribute to diseases like Alzheimer’s. Earlier this year the World Health Organisation warned that air pollution was leading to as many as three million premature deaths every year. The […]

Scientists launch study to spot early Alzheimer’s

  • August 23rd, 2016
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British researchers are hoping to spot Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear, with the help of 250 volunteers. The £6.9million study could revolutionise the treatment of Alzheimer’s and lead to drugs to halt its process before irreversible damage is done to the brain. Experts believe the clear symptoms of Alzheimer’s, such as severe memory loss, confusion and […]

NHS turning away patients with eating disorders because their BMI is ‘too high’

  • August 4th, 2016
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An investigation has found that NHS Trusts have been turning away patients with anorexia because they’re not thin enough. BBC Breakfast asked all 62 mental health Trusts in England and Wales if they used BMI to decide who would qualify for outpatient eating disorder services. One third said they did. Most trusts said they were […]

Antidepressant drug prescriptions have doubled in a decade

  • July 6th, 2016
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Official figures show the number of antidepressant drug prescriptions given to patients in England has doubled in a decade. Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that in 2015 there were 61 million antidepressant drugs prescribed and dispensed in England. This figure is up from 57.1 million in 2014 and 29.4 million […]

Treating depression through blood testing

  • June 14th, 2016
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Scientists in the UK have developed a blood test to help doctors pick the best drug for patients with depression. Doctors sometimes use a trial-and-error approach when selecting the right course of treatment for depression, until finding the most effective one. The experts involved believe the breakthrough could lead to depressed patients receiving personalised treatments […]