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The Brain and neurodegenerative diseases

Executive Director, DonMed Post. The brain is one of the most complicated organs in the body. Understanding brain diseases is a big medical topic under various researches. The brain uses 20 % of oxygen and approximately 20% of blood circulation in the human body.  If your brain loses blood for 8 to 10 seconds, you will lose consciousness. According to the Harvard neuro discovery centre, neurodegenerative diseases occur when nervous system cells (neurons) in the brain and spinal cord begin to deteriorate. Changes in these cells cause them to function…

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Measles outbreak tied to Texas megachurch sickens 21

An outbreak of measles tied to a Texas megachurch where ministers have questioned vaccination has sickened at least 21 people, including a 4-month-old infant — and it’s expected to grow, state and federal health officials said. “There’s likely a lot more susceptible people,” said Dr. Jane Seward, the deputy director for the viral diseases division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sixteen people — nine children and seven adults — ranging in age from 4 months to 44 years had come down with the highly contagious virus in…

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Bill Bowman obituary

Anyone who has had a general anaesthetic in the last 40 years has reason to be grateful to Bill Bowman, who has died aged 83. Bill played a pivotal role in both understanding how muscle-relaxing drugs work and developing safer and shorter-acting replacements. A person under anaesthetic twitches alarmingly unless a drug is used for “paralysis” or temporary muscle relaxation. This allows surgery in the chest and abdomen without the need for very deep anaesthesia and makes it possible for a tube to be passed into the windpipe to keep…

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Malaria Vaccine Found Safe and Protective

A candidate malaria vaccine is safe and protects against infection in adults, according to the results of an early-stage clinical trial. Malaria is one of the most common infectious diseases in the world and an enormous public health problem. It kills hundreds of thousands of people each year, most of them young children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, there is no effective malaria vaccine. Malaria is caused by thePlasmodium parasite. Infection occurs when a person is bitten by a mosquito harboring 1 of 4 species of Plasmodium. The PfSPZ Vaccine, developed by scientists…

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