AUTISM spectrum disorder is a condition which can affect a person's communication skills and their social interactions. Here's everything you need to know about people with ASD, the signs and symptoms and the support available in the UK. What is autism spectrum disorder? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an incurable, lifelong developmental condition that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. It affects around one in 100 people in the UK and is three to four times more common in boys than in girls. Many people with ASD find it hard to understand other people's feelings and emotions, and they may have difficulty holding conversations. When they are young, their language development may take longer and they can struggle to use facial expressions, using gestures to communicate instead. They may also find it hard to connect with other people and to hold eye contact with unfamiliar individuals. Many children with ASD like to follow a routine, and changes to this … [Read more...] about What is autism, what are the signs and symptoms in children and what does it mean to be ‘on the spectrum’?
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It’s a long-term illness that effects millions worldwide, but up until now, researchers have been divided about what causes some people to develop Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).Theories have ranged from hormonal imbalances to psychological stress, but now scientists from King’s College London have suggested that an overactive immune system may be the reason.In a study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, scientists looked at 55 patients with Hepatitis C who were given a drug that causes a response similar to a virus. Some 18 of them, who had an overactive immune system, went on to develop ME-like symptoms.The study is thought to be an important breakthrough for people with ME, as it challenges the stigma that chronic fatigue is ‘all in the mind’, although scientists have concluded that more research needs to be done.Also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), ME is a debilitating illness that can make everyday … [Read more...] about The signs and symptoms of ME that you need to know
MENOPAUSE is not the most pleasant experience, bu some women suffer with symptoms more than others. But what can you expect and when does it typically begin? We've got all the details... What is the menopause and what age does it usually start? Menopause is a natural part of ageing, which usually happens when a woman is between the age of 45 and 55. In the UK, the average age for a woman to go through menopause is 51. It occurs when oestrogen levels in the body start to decline. During this time periods become less frequent or they can suddenly stop, and after menopause occurs women will be unable to become pregnant naturally. Around one in 100 women experience menopause before the age of 40, and this is known as premature ovarian insufficiency or premature menopause. Many celebrities have spoken out about their own experiences, such as Zoe Ball, who said she was "menopausal and hot and hairy". What are the signs and symptoms of menopause? The severity of menopausal symptoms can vary … [Read more...] about What is the menopause, how can you spot the signs and symptoms and what age does it start?
MORE than one in three people will develop a type of cancer in their lifetime. The most common types are breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancers, with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma less commonly occurring. What is Non-Hodgkin lymphoma? Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that attacks the sufferer's lymphatic system. It starts in the white blood cells, which are part of the body's immune system. More than 12,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma each year. It can occur at any age but statistically more men than women develop the condition, and the chances of it occurring increase as you get older - most cases are diagnosed in people over 65. What causes Non-Hodgkin lymphoma? The precise cause of the disease is not known, however those who have a close relative with the condition are a slightly higher risk. Other risk factors include: those with a medical condition that weakens the immune system those who take immunosuppressant medications those who have been … [Read more...] about What is Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, what are the signs and symptoms and how is it treated?
IT can be mistaken as the flu or even a hangover - but knowing the symptoms of potentially deadly meningitis could save your life. Meningitis can affect anyone, but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults. We reveal all about the disease. What is meningitis? It is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord and can be caused by meningococcal bacteria and viral meningitis. If it is not treated quickly, meningitis can cause life-threatening septicaemia (blood poisoning) and result in permanent damage to the brain or nerves. The two forms of the disease have different symptoms. Around 3,200 people a year get bacterial meningitis. One in 10 die and many more are left with life-changing disabilities. Viral forms of meningitis are less common and rarely life-threatening, but can have lifelong effects. Infections peak during winter when bugs spread more easily in confined spaces. How do you get meningitis? … [Read more...] about What is meningitis, how do you get it, what are the signs and symptoms and what is the meningitis B vaccine trial?