Behind the mental veil
Depression

Behind the Mental Veil: Malaria, Mental Illness, & the Perils of Diagnosis

Doctors generally view diagnoses as discrete, well-defined entities. You either have malaria, or you do not. You are pregnant, or you are not. There is no in-between. Settling upon one also rules out the others. For example, if a CT on a patient with a splitting headache shows a brain tumour, that’s the diagnosis.

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How to Preserve Your Mental Health During the Pandemic
Depression

How to Preserve Your Mental Health During the Pandemic

During the Blitz of World War II, Londoners faced the terror of nightly bombardment that left 43,000 dead and millions homeless. The Nazis expected to destroy morale and force surrender, yet the British chose to fight on and among the people there was a surprising absence of crime and suicide. Not only did the expected panic and despair never materialise, but the people appeared to rise to a new level of unity and resilience.

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Alzheimer's beta-amyloid and tau
Alzeimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s: The Arthritis Of The Brain?

Alzheimer’s Disease has been blamed on the build-up of two particularly nasty proteins in the brain: beta-amyloid and tau. Amyloid accumulates in plaques outside neurons, while tau twists into tangles inside. These are the characteristic plaques and tangles seen in the post-mortem Alzheimer’s brain.

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TMS for depression
Depression

TMS for Depression: Does It Really Work?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has been used against depression for several decades, yet there remains deep scepticism among both patients and doctors over whether it really works.

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Alzheimer's and TMS
Alzeimer's Disease

TMS in Alzheimer’s Disease: Does it Really Work?

One in three people living past 85 get Alzheimer’s Disease. There is no cure, and patients are faced with an inexorable decline that nothing can stop but death. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, is one of very few treatments that might alter this grim trajectory.

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