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Schizophrenia and Psychosis

What is Schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a loaded word, feared by patient and public alike. It conjures up images of dangerous and crazy people. In truth, most members of the public…

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder that is caused by a degeneration of cells in the part of the brain that produces the neurotransmitter dopamine (chemical messenger). It is…

Insomnia

About Insomnia Insomnia can be a significant cause of stress, mood problems and irritability, not to mention daytime sleepiness and feelings of tiredness. Lack of sleep can also lower your…

Depression

About Depression Depression is rated by the World Health Organisation as the leading cause of disease burden amongst high income countries. Depression is characterised by feelings of worthlessness or guilt,…

Bipolar Disorder

About Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression) Bipolar disorder is characterised by episodes of deep depression followed by mania. The set of symptoms and their severity varies considerably from person to person,…

B Vitamins and Homocysteine

The process of memory decline and brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s Disease is thought to occur over a 30 to 40 year period, hence the need for screening from age…

Methylation and Homocysteine

What is homocysteine? Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid produced as part of the body’s methylation process. The level of homocysteine in the plasma is increasingly being recognised as…

Action Plan

Test your homocysteine level and up your B vitamin intake Homocysteine can be tested either through your doctor or using a home test kit. If your homocysteine level is above…

Preventing Alzheimer’s

About Alzheimer’s disease What could be worse than losing your mind, while your body has many years to run? Yet, that is precisely what happens to three in ten people…