Delays in NHS mental health treatment ‘ruining lives’

People with mental health problems are waiting so long for NHS care they are ending up jobless, divorced or in financial distress because of the delay, according to a report. A Royal College of Psychiatrists survey of the experience of 500 diagnosed mental health patients found that some had waited up to 13 years to get the treatment they needed. “It is a scandal that patients are waiting so long for treatment”, said Prof Wendy Burn, the college’s president. “The failure to give people with mental illnesses the prompt help they need…

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Malaria treatment, scientists have decoded how parasites invade our cells

Talk of monsoon, and it is difficult not to worry about malaria. However, the disease may soon be a thing of the past: In what is being hailed as a significant breakthrough, scientists claim they have taken a significant step towards developing a new vaccine for malaria. In a study published in the journal Nature, scientists have for the first time unveiled an atomic-scale blueprint of how the parasite invades human cells. Using the Nobel Prize-winning technology cryo-EM (cryo-electron microscopy), the researchers mapped the previously hidden first contact between Plasmodium…

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Beauty Treatment in Japan – Snails on Your Face

Having live snails crawling on your face sounds like the thing of nightmares, but in Japan one company is hoping people will be prepared to pay for it. Staring Monday, women who want to slough off dead skin, clear their pores or roll back the years can submit themselves to five minutes of molluscs. “Slime from snails helps remove old cells, heal the skin after sun burn and moisturise it,” said Manami Takamura, a spokeswoman for Tokyo-based beauty salon Ci:z.Labo, as she placed three gastropods on a woman’s face. “In…

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New leukemia treatment approach targets cancer genes

Targeting two proteins that influence the development of leukemia may render cancer genes powerless, a study by an international research team suggests. The research was a collaboration between scientists from the Mainz University Medical Center, the Cancer Center in New York, and Harvard University in Boston. Scientists involved with the study demonstrated that a targeted drug-based inactivation of two chromatin regulators can interrupt the development of leukemia in blood cells. Their findings were published in the journal Cancer Discovery. Acute myeloid leukemia is a highly aggressive form of cancer that…

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Heat Stroke Symptoms & Immediate Treatment: Is the Sun Making You Feel Uneasy?

            With the rising mercury levels, stepping out in this sultry weather has its adverse effects – from an unwanted pimple on your otherwise clear skin to that annoying rash on your back. The sun comes out in full throttle, throwing you off your guard. You need to be extremely careful about everything, be it the food you eat or the clothes you wear. The tendency to fall sick is greater during this period, hence one shouldn’t exert themselves too much. Excessive physical activity and…

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