Alzheimer’s Disease Predicted to Rise to 277 Million by 2050 and New Technology for Analysing IV Fluid News Round-Up October 2013 1st Edition

Researchers in this study look at effects of changing calories in closely monitored diets on refeeding syndrome in anorexia.

Researchers in this Nature Communications paper suggests that a mutation in the gene for Brain Derived Neutrophic Factor (with a prevalence of up to 20%) is linked to Hippocampus atrophy and anxiety.

The Hippocampus

This New England Journal of Medicine opinion paper suggests 3 year medical degree in America for selected students.

Can this technology reduce intravenous drug errors? The researchers have used a technique known as SERS (surface enhanced raman scattering) to analyse fluid content in real time.

In the PREDIMED study published in BMC Medicine, the researchers found that the Mediterranean diet was related to reduced Depression risk in Diabetes Type 2.

The recently published Alzheimer’s Disease International ‘World Alzheimer’s Report‘ predicts that Dementia of Alzheimer’s Type will affect 277 million people globally by 2050.

Research suggests that PirB binds Beta Amyloid before it forms the Beta Amyloid plaque and this may contribute to the neurodegenerative process.

Researchers found a number of factors that help carers for people with strokes including reminiscing about past experiences, making sense of experiences an planning for the future.

A GBA gene mutation leads to early Parkinson’s Disease through lipid changes. The lipids also have an independent link with cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s Disease in people who do not have this gene mutation. 



In this PLOS One functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging study there was found to be no difference in brain activation between people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and a control group during Theory of Mind tasks. Both regions of interest and whole brain analyses were undertaken to compare the subjects.

There is a case report of one person with Epilepsy who developed an aura of bliss and wellbeing. The aura was reproduced by stimulating the Anterior Insular Cortex.

There is a PLOS One study looking at improving workflow in research studies.

Evolutionary Psychiatry, Evolution & Culture

Evolutionary PsychiatryA new theory for the Cambrian explosion of life suggests many reasons including a rise in sea levels.


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