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Spiral drawing test detects signs of Parkinson's

Spiral drawing test detects signs of Parkinson's

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A test that involves drawing a spiral on a sheet of paper could be used to diagnose early Parkinson's disease.Australian researchers have trialled software that measures writing speed and pen pressure on the page.Both are useful for detecting the disease, which causes shaking and muscle rigidity.The Melbourne team said the test could be used by GPs to screen their patients after middle age and to monitor the effect of treatments.The study, published in Frontiers of Neurology, involved 55 people - 27 had Parkinson's and 28 did not.Speed of writing and pen pressure while sketching are lower among Parkinson's patients, particularly those with a severe form of the disease.In the trial, a tablet computer with special software took measurements during the drawing test and was able to distinguish...
Endometriosis: My life full of pain

Endometriosis: My life full of pain

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Endometriosis isn't just painful periods, it's a chronic condition in a league of its own. One in 10 women has it yet, in the UK, it takes on average seven years to get it correctly diagnosed by a doctor - something experts want to change.With endometriosis, tissue that behaves like womb lining is found in other bits of the body, causing nasty symptoms.Amelia Davies was 12 when she got her first period. She soon came to dread her "agonising Auntie Red"."At times it was so bad I couldn't go to school. I missed loads of days. The pain was really intense, with lots of different types - stabbing, cramping and burning. I was so bad I couldn't walk or get out of bed."New guidelines for the NHS aim to reduce delays in diagnosis and save women years of unnecessary distress and suffering. Crippling...
San Diego County declares emergency amid hepatitis outbreak

San Diego County declares emergency amid hepatitis outbreak

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Officials in San Diego County have declared a public health emergency due to the spread of the liver disease hepatitis A. Infections have killed 15 people and hospitalized nearly 400 more, with the homeless population hit hardest since the outbreak started last November. The Union-Tribune reports ( https://tinyurl.com/y9qnaw65 ) that Friday's emergency declaration helps the county request state assistance and gives legal protection for new sanitation measures. Those measures include about 40 portable hand-washing stations for areas with concentrations of homeless. The virus lives in human feces and spreads if people who have used the bathroom don't properly clean their hands. Crews also plan to use bleach-spiked water for high-pressure washing to remove "all feces, blood, bodily fluids or...
Obstacles await as Congress resumes health care fight

Obstacles await as Congress resumes health care fight

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Republican hopes for repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama's health care law are still twitching in Congress, though barely. Leaders lack the votes to pass something and face a fresh obstacle — the Senate parliamentarian ruled Friday that Republicans only have the ability to dismantle the law with 51 votes until the end of the month. It's among several health issues lawmakers face when they return from summer recess, even as fights over the budget and helping Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey grab center stage. WHEN WE LEFT OFF IN LATE JULY Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tried to push three plans through his chamber erasing the 2010 law called Obamacare. Republican defections denied him the 50 votes needed, with Vice President Mike Pence ready to seal vic
Millions who buy health insurance brace for sharp increases

Millions who buy health insurance brace for sharp increases

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Millions of people who buy individual health insurance policies and get no financial help from the Affordable Care Act are bracing for another year of double-digit premium increases, and their frustration is boiling over. Some are expecting premiums for 2018 to rival a mortgage payment. What they pay is tied to the price of coverage on the health insurance markets created by the Obama-era law, but these consumers get no protection from the law's tax credits, which cushion against rising premiums. Instead they pay full freight and bear the brunt of market problems such as high costs and diminished competition. On Capitol Hill, there's a chance that upcoming bipartisan hearings by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., can produce legislation offering some relief. But it...