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Deep Brain Stimulation Aids Those With Rare Headache Condition
THURSDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) — Patients with severe headache attacks that don't respond to medication can be helped with deep brain stimulation (DBS), new research concludes.
The Mayo Clinic study describes the case of a 44-year-old man who suffered more than 200 excruciating, right-sided headaches a day, each lasting 60 to 90 seconds. The condition, called Short lasting, Unilateral, Neuralgiform headache attacks with Conjuctival injection and Tearing (SUNCT), began when the man was 14. His headaches weren't relieved by medication and were so severe that he was incapacitated for the past nine years.Read entire article...
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Isolation, Loneliness May Raise Death Risk for Elderly
MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly people who are socially isolated and lonely may be at greater risk of early death, British researchers report.
Lack of social contact might be an even bigger risk factor than loneliness, they added. Why, however, isolation is such a powerful predictor of death isn't clear.
"Social contact is a fundamental aspect of human existence. The scientific evidence is that being socially isolated is probably bad for your health, and may lead to the development of serious illness and a reduced life span," said lead researcher Andrew Steptoe, director of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care at University College London.
There is also research suggesting that loneliness has similar associations with poor health, he said.Read entire article...
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