What exactly causes Parkinson’s disease is far from figured out. But a clue has been lurking in cornfields for years.



The data confirm it: farmers are more prone to Parkinson’s than the general population. And pesticides could be to blame. Over a decade of evidence shows a clear association between pesticide exposure and a higher risk for the second most common neurodegenerative disease, after Alzheimer's. A new study published inNeurology proposes a potential mechanism by which at least some pesticides might contribute to Parkinson’s.

 

People plagued with insomnia might have an increased risk of stroke, particularly if they are young adults, a new, large study from Taiwan suggests.

Over the course of four years, researchers found that insomnia seemed to raise the likelihood that a person will be hospitalized due to stroke by 54 percent.

Insomnia May Raise Stroke Risk, Especially for Younger Adults

This is a great craft idea for children with fine motor difficulties by drzachryspedsottips. 

 

Cut the fabric scraps into tiny pieces. They should not be any larger than 1/4-inch by 1/4-inch...the smaller, the better.  Pour the glue into a paper or plastic bowl. Dip a fabric scrap into the glue then smooth it onto the egg.

 

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On June 18, 2012 a baby boy named Dominic Pio was born into the world who, had he been given different parents, may never have been born at all. Mid-way through her pregnancy, Mary Gundrum would learn that her son had an encephalocele, an extremely rare birth defect that occurs when part of the skull doesn’t close properly, allowing the brain to grow through that opening in the skull. Told that her baby boy might not survive the pregnancy or his birth Mary, along with her husband Mark, didn’t contemplate abortion. The Catholic mom told The Boston Globe:

“We did a lot of soul-searching. I was thinking, ‘That’s my child. It’s that simple. I’m not going to take the life of my child.’

Chase Jones is 4 years old. His brother Gavin is 3.

They were born 16 months apart.

Chase, though, has autism. Gavin does not.

A new type of blood test might soon help parents like Chase’s and Gavin’s mom Amie Jones learn earlier if their children suffer from autism.

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