October 23, 2010

Does Chronic Lyme Exist?

1 Not Many Doctors Treating Chronic Lyme Disease

Few doctors in Connecticut diagnose and treat the chronic form of Lyme disease, as revealed by poll results. MSNBC reports that the new statewide survey, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, shows that just two percent of doctors in Connecticut had diagnosed and treated chronic Lyme disease. The controversial chronic form of Lyme disease is treated for months or even years, compared with only weeks for Lyme disease. However, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says that clinical studies shown that longer treatment is of little benefit to patients who suffer from fatigue and headaches without signs of infection. Connecticut's attorney general supports the rights of doctors who advocate for prolonged treatment of Lyme disease to participate in guidelines panels.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Journal of Pediatrics, Lyme Disease, Chronic Lyme Disease, Doctors Who Treat Lyme Disease, Doctors Treating Chronic Lyme Disease, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fatigue and Headaches

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Brain and Heart Together in Love

2 It's the Brain That Falls in Love

While we may fall in love with the brain, the heart is also involved, says a researcher studying the scientific basis of falling in love. The new study by Syracuse University Professor Stephanie Ortigue reveals that falling in love takes just around a fifth of a second, and it can elicit the same euphoric feeling as cocaine use. Yet, it's the heart and brain working together that makes the euphoric feeling possible. Ortigue says that falling in love happens primarily in the brain, but "the heart is also related because the complex concept of love is formed by both bottom-up and top-down processes from the brain to the heart and vice versa." Study results are published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine and featured in Discover.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Journal of Sexual Medicine, How We Fall in Love, Science Behind Falling in Love, How Long It Takes to Fall in Love, Love Studies, Research on Falling in Love, Stephanie Ortigue, Syracuse University

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Gene Linked to Sporadic DCM

3 Mutated Gene Increases Heart Disease by 50 Percent

Researchers have discovered that the risk of developing dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a serious condition in which the heart enlarges and become too weak to pump enough blood to the lungs and rest of the body, can be increased by 50 percent due to a mutated gene. This study involved 5,500 people who were screened for mutants, or variants, of genes related to the sporadic form as opposed to those that are linked to the familial form of the condition. The heat shock protein, HSPB7, was most closely related to an increased risk of DCM. The results can hopefully be used to develop preventative measure. The complete study can be found online in the October 28 issue of PLoA Genetics which is accessible to everyone.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Wireless Heart Defibrillators Could Become Reality

Tags: Heart Disease, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, HSPB7 Gene, Heat Shock Protein

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