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Bacteria ‘linked’ to Parkinson’s disease

The bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers have been linked to Parkinson’s disease, according to researchers in the US. Mice infected with Helicobacter pylori went onto develop Parkinson’s like symptoms. The study, presented at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, argues that infection could play “a significant role”. The charity Parkinson’s […]

Brainwave helps stroke victims

Treatment for stroke survivors is being revolutionised by neuro-scientists at Auckland University. They have developed a way to fast-track recovery using electro-magnetic equipment to activate dormant brain cells. Lead researcher Dr Cathy Stinear said the technique prepared the brain when used immediately before a physiotherapy session. “We can excite the […]

‘Big Fat’ father slams TVNZ promotion

Television New Zealand is marketing them in a prime-time slot as Britain’s “fattest and laziest family”. But the stars of the show – a family of four who collectively weigh almost 500kg – have lashed out at the broadcaster, saying there are fatter families in Britain. The Chawner family, from […]

Women have less than 24 hours in a day

http://www.healthzone.ca/health/newsfeatures/article/986312–the-day-has-24-hours-unless-you-re-a-woman-study-finds A 25-year series of rigorous sleep studies proves men and women really are marching to wildly different drummers. The Harvard Medical School study found fully 35 per cent of women live with a circadian rhythm (the 24-hour waking and sleeping cycle) of less than 24 hours. Men typically have […]

Armadillos linked to leprosy in humans

(Health.com) — Several years ago, an 81-year-old woman with a raised patch of dry skin on her arm visited Mississippi dermatologist John Abide, M.D. Although the lesion looked only slightly abnormal, a series of lab tests revealed that it was a symptom of leprosy. “I thought, ‘Leprosy, are you kidding […]