Hypothermia treatments for newborn babies

Here’s a fascinating story about how hypothermia treatments are being used for newborn babies when there is a possibility that brain damage has occurred, like in instances where the umbilical cord was wrapped around the newborn’s neck. We’ve seen similar treatments used with great success for spinal cord injuries, as the cold slows down the death of brain and nerve cells after an injury.

Cortisol, the answer to anxiety & panic disorders?

Panic attacks may be symptoms of an anxiety disorder and they are a serious health problem.

A study shows that an extra dose of the stress hormone cortisol may help reduce stress

Our brain triggers the release of cortisol when we are under stress.

This hormone is believed to play a role in memory and learning.

Taking a dose of cortisol has been seen to calm fears and anxiety.

“Considering the importance of extinction learning for exposure therapy, pharmacological interventions aimed at enhancing extinction processes are promising approaches to enhance exposure therapy,” write researcher Dominique J.-F. de Quervain of the University of Basel, Switzerland, and colleagues in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Detecting Alzheimer’s Before the Symptoms Appear

MRI measurements of the brain could be a helpful diagnostic tool for determining who is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s dementia.

Researchers have found that there is a considerable amount of brain shrinkage which can be detected up to a decade before symptoms of Alzheimer’s appear.

“The magnetic resonance measurements could be very important indicators to help identify who may be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s dementia,” Leyla deToledo-Morrell of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who worked on the study, said in a statement.

“If a drug therapy or treatment is developed in the future, those who are still without symptoms but at great risk would benefit the most from treatment,”

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