Top picks of interest that have been shared over the past year
Meningitis is an inflammation of the three membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord (the meninges). Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. Meningoencephalitis is an inflammation of both the brain and the meninges. Read full article.
The brain and nearby structures. Image credit: Alan Hoofring, National Cancer Institute
Some microbes, including bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses, cause infections in humans. These are known as infectious agents or pathogens. Traditional testing techniques for detection of such pathogens includes, for example, growing microbes in cultures followed by identification of the microbe, or testing blood samples for antibodies that people develop in response to an infection by a particular microbe. Because microbes contain genetic material, also called nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), that is different from the genetic material in human cells, genetic testing techniques can also be used to detect microbes. Learn more.
According to Healthline.com,the numbers are staggering: "An estimated 322 million people around the world live with depression. Over 44 million American adults have a mental health condition, and only 41% of those have received treatment in the last year. Recent reports indicate that depression is one of the greatest mental health challenges facing Americans today."
To spread awareness, this year Healthline.com is putting a spotlight on depression, anxiety, and more by teaming up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with mental health conditions. This year’s scholarship is dedicated to the advancement of mental health, either through research, raising awareness, community building, or combating stigma. The program will award four students with a $5,000 scholarship each. Learn more here.
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Patients Rising University (PRU) is a free online educational program developed to help patients and caregivers build self-advocacy skills, learn about their conditions, navigate healthcare coverage, and ultimately get access to the best care and treatment possible.
PRU will be producing several webinars a year on themes like: Managing your Chronic Illness, Controlling the Costs of Care, Participation in Clinical Trials, and Understanding Biosimilars. Learn more.