Around 9000 Kiwis will have a stroke every year - on average, about one an hour. In 2009, Logan Dodds' father was one of them. The travel influencer and content creator was 18 when his healthy and fit dad, Leigh Dodds, suffered a freak brain aneurysm. Kiwi plumber becomes world famous Instagram traveller What drives Eat My Lunch founder Lisa King to feed hungry kids The 46-year-old "everyday normal Kiwi bloke" had never smoked a cigarette in his life, and would work out a few times a week. Dodds had just said goodnight to his father that night, nine years ago, when at 8:30pm Leigh's brain began to bleed. He became unresponsive, so his family immediately called him an ambulance. They were faced with the difficult decision of operating - but with the damage to his brain already done, the chances were high that Leigh's quality of life would be significantly diminished. Dodds was shattered, but eventually accepted that has selfless Dad, who … [Read more...] about ‘I want to help’: How Kiwi Instagram star Logan Dodds is using his dad’s death to help others
Brain aneurysm signs and symptoms
When Mel Mirza started suffering from agonising "24-hour" headaches and waking up to an odd "herbal" smell in the dead of night, she knew something was seriously wrong. So when doctors told her she was likely stressed or depressed, the married mum-of-four refused to listen - instead pressing for more tests to find out the cause of her worrying symptoms. Eventually, she discovered the horrifying truth - she had a cancerous tumour the size of a golf ball in her brain that would claim her life within 12 to 18 months. "I was experiencing severe, painful headaches that were 24 hours a day," Mel, from Harlow, Essex, told Mirror Online. "I used to wake up at 4am with these bizarre smells. It's a smell I have never smelt before. It was like a herbal smell that was very unusual. "And I had these attacks that got worse and worse. "I would have to sit down to get out of them. An oncologist eventually said the attacks were a form of a seizure. I was worried it was an aneurysm." She added that … [Read more...] about Mum who kept waking up to odd “herbal” smell told she has 18 months to live
A NEW Alzheimer’s drug offers hope to hundreds of thousands of sufferers after the best trial results ever seen for the disease. Researchers say the breakthrough halved the rate of mental decline in patients and cleared toxic plaques from their brains. Experts described the findings as “potentially historic”, “spectacular” and a “really significant hope”. Pharma firms Eisai and Biogen presented the results of their early stage trial at an Alzheimer’s conference in Chicago. The drug, currently known only as BAN2401, halved the rate of mental decline in people with mild symptoms. And levels of amyloid plaques on their brains — a hallmark of the condition — returned to normal in up to 81 per cent of cases. The trial involved 856 patients given different amounts of the drug for 18 months. Those on higher doses improved most. Dementia expert Prof Clive Ballard, of Exeter University, said: “This is potentially historic. … [Read more...] about New Alzheimer’s drug offers hope to hundreds of thousands of sufferers after ‘best ever’ trial results
WOULD you know the signs or immediate symptoms of a brain aneurysm? The medical condition has the potential to lead to a fatal brain haemorrhage if it is left untreated. Here's what you need to know when it comes to the signs, symptoms and causes... What is a brain aneurysm? A brain aneurysm occurs when there is a bulge in a weakened blood vessel. Usually, brain aneurysms only cause noticeable symptoms if they burst. This then leads to serious issues and is known as a subarachnoid haemorrhage (or brain haemorrhage). If the aneurysm ruptures, bleeding can cause extensive brain damage – with three in five people dying within two weeks of suffering this. What are the symptoms of a ruptured brain aneurysm? According to the NHS, signs of a brain haemorrhage include: A sudden excruciating headache (similar to a sudden “bang” on the head) Stiff neck Sickness and vomiting Pain when looking at light Unruptured brain aneurysms can occasionally cause symptoms too. … [Read more...] about What is a brain aneurysm, is it the same as a brain haemorrhage and what are the signs, causes and symptoms?
We all suffer with headaches from time to time. Most tend to be quite mild, but some can be so debilitating that they affect our relationships and mental health . It's vitally important for people to be aware of what type of headache they have and how best to treat it. Here we look at the different types of headaches you can get, what causes them and how they can be treated. 1. Tension-type headaches These are the most common type of headaches in adults and young teens. It can be described as a mild to moderate pain, with pressure on both sides of the head, behind the eyes and, on occasion, neck muscle-tightening. Who gets them? As a very common type of headache, the NHS predicts tension-type headaches affect half the adults in the UK once or twice or month. Some people can even experience tension-type headaches up to 15 times per month. This can also be considered a "chronic tension headache". Though a very common type of headache, it mostly affects women. What causes them? … [Read more...] about 10 different types of headaches, what causes them and how they are treated