Missed diagnosis and no treatment: BPD’s risk to adolescents

The contrast is striking. Katherine Duff gives off the attractive aura of an 18-year-old woman in good health and good humour. But when she begins to speak of what she has been dealing with since she was a child, a different image emerges. “Every single day seems like it’s going to be the end,” she…

Common Gene Mutations May Link ALS and Schizophrenia, Study Reports

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and schizophrenia may be caused by similar gene mutations that affect the way neurons work, according to new research. Researchers found that 14.3 percent of the genetic variations linked to ALS were also present in people with schizophrenia, suggesting the diseases may be related. The study, “Genetic Correlation Between Amyotrophic Lateral…

Are the New Generation of Diet Drugs Safe?

rst started losing weight,” Maressa Pyle says, “people would ask, ‘What are you doing?’ In some ways I almost felt like I was cheating—’I’m taking this pill that’s helping me do this thing that I couldn’t do on my own.’ ” Pyle, now 33, had yo-yoed for years on diet and exercise programs. At 5’4″ and…

Antioxidants may be a key in the natural treatment of lupus

Researchers have uncovered a potential key for the natural treatment of lupus may be antioxidants. In patients suffering from lupus their own immune system attacks their own tissues and organs. There are many possible complications to this illness which can be debilitating. Although some medications can help control lupus and associated organ damage it has…

Psychiatrist says borderline personality disorder sufferers need targeted treatment

Recommendations made in two damning reports into Australia’s ability to treat patients with borderline personality disorder (BDP) have been ignored for two years by state and federal governments. The reports detailed an illness that poses serious challenges to frontline medical staff. Senior psychiatrist Dr Martha Kent was a lead author on both reports for the…

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