Recovery from brain trauma like injury or a stroke is a complex process and one that is not yet under precise human control. More often than not, the process of resumption of blood flow to injured parts of the brain also creates additional damage. In addition to physical damage, exposure to extreme conditions like sub-zero temperatures as well as extremely hot conditions can also result in damage to neurons.
After he suffered a stroke in 2005, Tony Nicklinson developed locked-in syndrome, a rare condition that left the middle-aged Brit fully paralyzed from the neck down. He lived on, mentally alert but wholly incapable of taking care of himself. He could not walk, feed himself or brush his own teeth. Devastated when a British court refused to allow him to commit assisted suicide, Nicklinson stopped eating or accepting fluids. He developed pneumonia, refused antibiotics, and died this past August 22, 2012.
Stroke, a major cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability, can leave victims unable to walk, talk, eat or take care of themselves. To treat stroke while it’s happening, the "clot-busting" drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) has been proven to save brains from damage and reduce or even completely avoid disability. Patients require a CAT-scan to assure diagnosis and the drug must be administered within 4.5 hours after onset of symptoms. In today’s medical environment, that shouldn't be an overwhelming obstacle.
The signs of aging can never seem to escape us: your eyes get puffier, your wrinkles lines extend in length, and the creases at the corners of your mouth deepen substantially. Soon, you remember a friend’s nonchalant remark that you seem to look angry all the time…even when you’re smiling. Perhaps you are angry, both angry and sad that your youthful vigilance has come and gone all too quickly. Thankfully, there may be one treatment available that can offer a boost to your spirits: a recent study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research reported that single treatment of age lines with botulinium toxin A (BTX-A or BOTOX) may alleviate depressive symptoms in patients who do not improve sufficiently on previous medication.
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