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Animal hoarding: Lesser-known problem for public health, welfare

Animal hoarding: Lesser-known problem for public health, welfare

Animal hoarding is a psychiatric disorder that consists of accumulating large numbers of animals at home, usually cats and dogs, without providing them with a minimal standard of care. Researchers from IMIM (Hospital del Mar Research Institute) publish the first European study to provide data on this disorder, in the Journal Animal Welfare . The disorder is still largely unknown and has a negative effect on the health of both the people who suffer from it and the animals involved Continue reading

Animal hoarding: Lesser-known problem for public health, welfare

Animal hoarding: Lesser-known problem for public health, welfare

Animal hoarding is a psychiatric disorder that consists of accumulating large numbers of animals at home, usually cats and dogs, without providing them with a minimal standard of care. Researchers from IMIM (Hospital del Mar Research Institute) publish the first European study to provide data on this disorder, in the Journal Animal Welfare . The disorder is still largely unknown and has a negative effect on the health of both the people who suffer from it and the animals involved Continue reading

Finding safe drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases

Finding safe drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases

People diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, most in their mid-thirties and forties, face a devastating prognosis: complete mental, physical, and behavioral decline within two decades. “Mutant” protein clusters, long blamed for the progression of the genetic disease, have been the primary focus of therapies in development by pharmaceutical companies Continue reading

Drawing conclusions: Children’s drawings during abuse investigations

Drawing conclusions: Children’s drawings during abuse investigations

Is a picture worth only a thousand words? According to Dr. Continue reading

Obesity: Not just what you eat

Obesity: Not just what you eat

Over 35 percent of American adults and 17 percent of American children are considered obese, according to the latest survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Associated with diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even certain types of cancer, obesity places a major burden on the health care system and economy. It’s usually treated through a combination of diet, nutrition, exercise, and other techniques. Continue reading

Medical cannabis provides dramatic relief for sufferers of chronic ailments, Israeli study finds

Medical cannabis provides dramatic relief for sufferers of chronic ailments, Israeli study finds

Jan. 24, 2013 — Though controversial, medical cannabis has been gaining ground as a valid therapy, offering relief to suffers of diseases such as cancer, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, ALS and more. The substance is known to soothe severe pain, increase the appetite, and ease insomnia where other common medications fail. Continue reading

A risk gene for cannabis psychosis

A risk gene for cannabis psychosis

ScienceDaily (Nov. 14, 2012) — The ability of cannabis to produce psychosis has long been an important public health concern Continue reading

Mutations in genes that modify DNA packaging result in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD)

Mutations in genes that modify DNA packaging result in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD)

ScienceDaily (Nov. 11, 2012) — A recent finding by medical geneticists sheds new light on how Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy develops and how it might be treated Continue reading

Million ‘dementia friends’ wanted

Million ‘dementia friends’ wanted

7 November 2012 Last updated at 19:02 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News The government wants to train a million people in England by 2015 to become “dementia friends”, able to spot signs of the illness and help sufferers. It is part of plans to raise awareness of the condition, which affects nearly 700,000 people in England. Continue reading

Amish children are twice as physically active as non-Amish children are, study finds

Amish children are twice as physically active as non-Amish children are, study finds

ScienceDaily (Oct. Continue reading