February 17, 2011

Viewers See Her First Ever Aura

1 TV Reporter Suffered Migraine Aura

Serene Branson, a KCBS-TV Channel 2 reporter, experienced a "migraine aura" during her live report after the Grammys on Sunday, says Los Angeles Times. Concerned viewers witnessed Branson speaking gibberish, but her doctors ruled out stroke as a cause of the strange behavior. According to Los Angeles Times, Dr. Andrew Charles of UCLA’s Headache Research and Treatment Program has said that Branson's "symptoms fall within the definition of migraine aura," which includes visual, language and sensory symptoms. While aura can include zigzag lines and sparkling lights, some sufferers like Branson merely experience blurry, distorted vision. Branson, who has a family history of migraines, has had migraines in the past, but this was her first aura.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Woman Acquires Chinese Accent After Migraine

Tags: KCBS-TV Channel 2, Migraine Aura, Migraine Aura Symptoms, Migraine Aura Risk Factors, Treatment of Migraine Aura, Zigzag Lines Migraines, Sparkling Lights Migraines, Serene Branson, UCLA’s

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Move to Beat Fatigue

2 Exercise Suggested for Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue syndrome, which affects up to 2 percent of people around the world, may be treated best with exercise and behavior therapy, not by taking it easy (adaptive pacing). Washington Post reports on a new study that questions current treatment methods for chronic fatigue syndrome. The study, published in Lancet, reveals that the treatment approach of patients adjusting to chronic fatigue by doing less doesn't work. Instead, researchers say that exercise and behavior therapy can moderately reduce fatigue and improve activity levels. The findings also suggest that the condition doesn't have to be chronic, but may sometimes be reversed.

More at Washington Post | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Mouse Viruses

Tags: Treatment Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Pacing Doesn't Work for Chronic Fatigue, Stay Busy for Chronic Fatigue, No Resting for Chronic Fatigue, Behavior Therapy for Chronic Fatigue, Expert Centre for Chronic Fatigue in Nijmegen, Adaptive Pacing

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Mississippi Getting Skinnier

3 The Woman Who's Helping the Fattest State Lose

The fattest state in the U.S., Mississippi, has an ally in weight loss, and her name is Linda Fondren, a member of TheGrio's notable 100 History Makers in the Making. MSNBC reports that Fondren, 55, is on a mission to help "reshape Mississippi." Fondren, who is motivated in part by losing her sister to an obesity-related illness, wants to help rid the state of its six-year title of the fattest state in the country. In 2006, Fondren opened an all-female gym called Shape Up Sisters, which offers free nutrition and work out classes to those who need it. She also founded Shape Up Vicksburg, a weight-loss challenge that has grown into a community walking club. Since Shape Up Vicksburg's launch in October, the city has lost 15,000 pounds.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: TheGrio's Notable 100 History Makers in the Making, Linda Fondren, Shape Up Vicksburg, Shape Up Sisters, Fattest State in America

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Dwarf with Benefits

4 A Short Group Immune to Diabetes and Cancer

Scientists are learning a lot about cancer and diabetes prevention from a group of short Ecuadorians who suffer from Laron syndrome, a rare disease that results in stunted growth. MSNBC reports that the Ecuadorians suffering from Laron syndrome have a mutation in a gene that regulates cell growth and division. Scientists have discovered that this mutation also leads to resistance to diabetes and cancer. The secret is in how the mutation affects a growth-signaling pathway in the body. In the Ecuadorians, a deficient growth hormone receptor caused lowered levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1), which is associated with resistance to cancer and diabetes.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Human Growth Hormone, Laron Syndrome, Resistance to Cancer, Diabetes Resistance, Ecuadorians, Dwarf, Dwarfism Advantages, IGF1

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