0 Have your say AT just 11-years-old, Kirsty Harrison was given news which would be devastating and terrifying to someone twice her age. She had a brain tumour and there was no way to remove it. But Kirsty, from Penicuik, refused to let the shattering diagnosis news stop her living life to the full.And far from dwelling on her condition, she has gone on to become a clinical support worker at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, and is now looking forward to her wedding in June 2020.Now 28-year-old, she has told her story to show her support for Cancer Research UK which has given a £1.5 million boost to help fund brain cancer research at the Brain Tumour Centre of Excellence in Edinburgh.She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in July 2002, after her parents and teachers noticed her behaving strangely and falling asleep in class.Her mum and dad, Colin and Jenny, were devastated when they were told she had a tumour located in a part of the brain called the tectal plate. … [Read more...] about Bride-to-be diagnosed with brain tumour shares inspirational story of living in the moment
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IN this weather, it can be tempting to do anything to cool off. And for most of us, an ice cold drink is the first port of call. But, be warned...glugging back a fresh glass of iced water could leave you looking like you've been in a fight. That's what happened to Adam Schaub, from Houston, Texas earlier this month when he passed out after drinking two bottles of WATER, to cool off. Posting a warning on Facebook, Adam said: "Cold water is good, so how could it be bad? "Well yesterday, I found out." He was out working in 37C heat when his dad noticed his face was getting red, and suggested Adam take a break. "I immediately grabbed a cold bottle of water and drank it," he said. Moments later, Adam got into the air conditioned truck and had another bottle of cold water - and almost immediately, he started to feel "strange". "I started seeing spots, my stomach got extremely nauseous and my hands and feet started tingling," Adam said. "I felt like I was going to throw up so I opened the … [Read more...] about Man posts Facebook warning after drinking iced water in the heatwave left him looking like THIS
THE use of so-called "smart-drugs" is on the rise as students respond to increasing pressure to perform. But what are they exactly, are Modafinil and Ritalin illegal in the UK and what are the side effects? Here's what we know... What are smart drugs? "Smart drugs" like Ritalin or Modafinil are prescription drugs which can be brought on the internet and taken to boost cognitive performance. Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a central nervous system stimulant which is used to treat attention deficit order (ADD) and ADHD. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. This means it can have positive effects on memory performance. It is also believed ritalin can even reduce brain power of high performers, by weakening their short-term memory. Sold under names including Provigil and Alertec, Modafinal boosts how awake you feel but the effects on the brain are not fully understood. It was originally developed to treat sleep … [Read more...] about What are smart drugs, are Modafinil and Ritalin illegal in the UK and what are the side effects?
News / UK and world by Press Association June 12, 2018, 4:40 pm Updated: June 12, 2018, 5:24 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Mind-bending psychedelic drugs such as LSD can re-wire the brain and mend broken connections between neurons, new research suggests. The discovery could lead to new treatments for anxiety, addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder, scientists believe. In tests on flies and rats, the US team found that a wide range of psychedelic drugs promote “neural plasticity” and alter brain structure. Exposure to the hallucinogenic drugs led to the growth of dendrites, dendritic spines and synapses, all of which help neurons communicate with one another. Dendrites are branch-like bodies that extend from nerve cells, which in turn sprout tiny dendritic “spines”. Synapses are the all-important connection points that allow chemical signals to flow between neurons. The changes seen in the … [Read more...] about LSD rebuilds broken connections in the brain, research shows
A devastating disease that some insist is all in the mind led to the death of a young drama student, an inquest today ruled. Merryn Crofts, 21, weighed less than six stone and spent the last three years of her life totally bed-bound with severe ME - an incurable condition that affects 250,000 people in the UK. The youngster was unable to take more than two teaspoons of food before suffering immense gut pain and vomiting, a coroner was told. Merryn, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester. today became only the second person in the UK to have ME - myalgic encephalomyelitis - listed on a death certificate. Despite being classed as a real neurological disease, many think the condition is not real - some even within the medical profession. Merryn's mum, Clare Norton, sobbed as she told Rochdale Coroner's Court how her "beautiful" and "energetic" daughter was left wheelchair-bound and reliant on tube feeding. She said: "As a child, she was a bundle of energy. She didn't walk anywhere - she would … [Read more...] about Young woman died of disease that some insist is all in the mind