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Parkinson's drug linked with impulsive behaviours

Medicines used to treat Parkinson’s disease are linked to impulsive behaviours in some people - including gambling addictions, compulsive spending, and increased sexual urges.

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Medicines called dopamine agonists (also called dopamine receptor agonists) are used to treat illnesses including Parkinson’s disease, restless legs syndrome, and tremors and shakes. These illnesses are caused by changes in the amount of a chemical called dopamine in the body. For example, Parkinson’s disease happens when the brain cells that make dopamine die or don't work properly. Brain cells need dopamine to send messages to other parts of the brain and to nerves and muscles around the body. Not having enough dopamine means you can't control your movements in the usual way. ... read more

Oct 22, 2014

Season of birth may affect risk of mood disorders

Could the season you were born in affect your chance of depression and other mood disorders? A study suggests it might, finding that personality types linked to these disorders are more common among people born at certain times of year.... read more

Oct 21, 2014

Viagra may be used to treat heart disease

Viagra and similar drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction may have a role to play in treating heart failure and other types of heart disease, according to a review of the latest research.... read more

Oct 20, 2014

Is that sugary drink worth a 5-mile walk?

If you were told you’d have to walk 5 miles to burn off the calories in a sugary soft drink, would you think twice about buying that drink? For teenagers in a US study, the answer was often yes.... read more

Oct 16, 2014

Vibration therapy to prevent falls in older people

Vibration machines may help strengthen older people’s leg muscles and bones, according to a new study. But there still isn’t enough evidence that this treatment can prevent falls.... read more

Oct 16, 2014

UK men at highest risk for type of gullet cancer

Men in the UK have the highest chance worldwide of a type of gullet cancer called adenocarcinoma, new research suggests. Rising rates of obesity may be partly to blame. ... read more

Oct 15, 2014

Energy drinks linked to serious health risks

Over-indulging in energy drinks that contain high levels of caffeine is linked to binge drinking, violence, depression, and even death, says a review of the latest research. ... read more

Oct 14, 2014

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