Possible effective treatment for Alzheimer on its way?

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Restoring your memory, or treating a person with Alzheimer’s disease? It sounds unbelievable, but it might just be possible in the near future. According to the research of neurosurgeon Dr. Lozano and his team from the University of Toronto, deep brain stimulation using electrodes might be the next step to cure Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer´s affects the connections between nerve cells which eventually causes a loss of cells and brain tissue and a shortage of the chemicals that help transmit signals around the brain. Symptoms start mildly and get worse over time, damaging the brain, causing memory loss and problems thinking, reasoning, communication and perceiving. The brain consists of various circuits that regulate functions such as our movement, memory or cognition, and feelings like happiness, sadness, love and hate. Alzheimer’s causes a disturbance in the circuit that controls our memory and cognitive functions and stops the brain from using glucose, where it typically uses 20% Read more

50 years of innovation and fight against smoking

On the 11th of January, it was exactly 50 years since Luther Terry, Director General of Public Health in the U.S., publicly stated for the first time that smoking could lead to cancer, heart problems and even death.

This statement was supported by the report of smoking and health, a document of over 7,000 scientific articles, marking the beginning of the global fight against smoking.

Great advances have been made in the fight against smoking in this half century. Among other achievements, the number of smokers in the United States has decreased by 59%, according to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports.  Nowadays it is still necessary to fight tobacco  If we delve deeper into the data of one of the main tobacco markets in the world, USA, the highlighting fact is that currently only 18% of the population smokes, which equates to a total of 44 million people who still suffer health risks as a result of smoking, many governments and companies have spent Read more

Why do children fear hospitals?

Without a doubt, the impact that medical treatments and hospitals have on children is an indicator of the state of our healthcare systems, medical centres and teams.

A study conducted by the Grünenthal Foundation in 20 hospitals collected relevant and accurate information about how children experience their hospitalisation process, what aspects of their admission and stay they are mainly concerned about or feel more fearful towards, and how they experience everything related to their health.

This study aimed to achieve a more in-depth understanding of the social and emotional aspects of pain in children, with a special focus on those who are in hospital. At times we are under the impression that our children are not aware of what is happening to them or what is going on around them. However, after analysing the results of this study, we may conclude that they are more conscious of their surroundings than adults may believe. Pain: one of the major concerns When it comes to worrying about pain, child patients are not that much different from adults. The possibility of Read more