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Overactive enzyme causes hereditary hypertension

A Turkish family from a village near the Black Sea caught the attention of medical researchers in the early 1970s, when a physician discovered that many members of this large family had both unusually short fingers and astronomically high blood pressure, sometimes twice as high as that of healthy people. Those affected die around the

Missing protein in brain causes behaviors mirroring autism

Scientists at Rutgers University-Newark have discovered that when a key protein needed to generate new brain cells during prenatal and early childhood development is missing, part of the brain goes haywire—causing an imbalance in its circuitry that can lead to long-term cognitive and movement behaviors characteristic of autism spectrum disorder. “During brain development, there is

Parkinson’s disease: Evidence suggests this common complaint may be an early warning sign

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative brain disease that causes body tremors, rigid muscles, and difficulty walking and talking. The disease disrupts the body’s autonomic nervous system, which controls spontaneous body processes such as heart rate, digestion, salivation, and bowel function. People tend to experience symptoms later in the course of the disease, but a common

80% of women don’t know alcohol causes breast cancer

Four fifths of women do NOT know alcohol causes breast cancer – and NHS staff ‘are afraid of being patronising’ by warning them Researchers from the University of Southampton surveyed a total of 238 people They included women  at breast screening appointments and NHS staff In a group of women at a screening clinic only

Stomach bloating: One simple dietary tip to avoid tummy swelling

Cutting out these culprits can help soothe the swelling. Another simple fix is to eat regularly throughout the day. There is a popular misconception that skipping meals will flatten the stomach – this is wrong, says Kirsten Crothers, specialist gastro dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association. She explained: “Irregular eating can cause a

Convulsions: Causes, definition, and treatment

Seizures may cause a person to have convulsions, but this is not always the case. In this article, learn more about what convulsions are, as well as their possible underlying causes. What are convulsions? A convulsion occurs when a person’s muscles contract uncontrollably. They can continue for a few seconds or many minutes. Convulsions can

Sunken fontanel: Causes, picture, and complications

The human skull is made up from several bones that are connected by tough fibrous tissue called sutures. These sutures give the skull some flexibility, allowing the head to pass through the birth canal. Where several sutures meet, they create a fontanel. Fontanels make the skull flexible enough for the brain to grow. When a