Parkinson’s Disease and Cognitive Impairment

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We all know the standards symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (some 500,000 in the US alone) patients- tremors, slow motion, etc.  But, most of us fail to recognize these patients also suffer from cognitive impairment.  They don’t lose their memory- they just can’t make decisions, plan, or adequately control their emotions

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A possible (?) link between acetaminophen and asthma symptoms

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You have a new baby.  You are trepidatious that it may be allergic.  So, no aspirin for it; instead you rely upon Tylenol (acetaminophen).  Along comes a new study- Tylenol may be causing the worldwide epidemic in asthma cases…..One study even claims 40% of all cases may be caused by Tylenol  (the studies use acetaminophen or peracetamol- the generic nomenclature, the news agencies report the brand name).  And, you thought J&J had headaches before…

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Brain Scan detects Autism in Adults; Next step is to determine utility in children

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UK Scientists [lead researchers Drs. Christine Ecker and Declan Murphy] from King’s College (London), have developed a new computer coupled brain scan procedure that can detect Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in adults.   There is no known single cause for ASD, which affects just under 1% of all newborns in the US, 50% more boys than girls.  This complex brain disorder is associated with impaired social interactions and communications, which manifests itself during the first three years of life.  While unknown at present, ASD is considered to be genetic in origin- either the result of mutations or combinations of various genetic variants.

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Not quite a treatment- but we can now tell IF Alzheimer’s will develop

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John Trojanowski, of the University of Pennsylvania lead a research study  that has isolated attest that seems to be 100% accurate in predicting who will develop Alzheimer’s.  The results will be presented in Archives of Neurology.

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