It has been believed for over a 100 years that a dysfunctional immune system could be one of the factors causing Parkinson''s disease. However, no clear role or probable mechanism has been demonstrated. Autoimmune attack of the dopamine neurons could contribute at least in part to Parkinson''s disease (PD), according to a recent study undertaken by scientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.
High levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Poor diet and lifestyle are some of the major factors that contribute to high cholesterol levels. Fat deposits in the heart and blood vessels are caused by atherosclerosis (build-up of plaque in the arteries). A cholesterol-lowering vaccine that lowers the risk of heart disease has shown promising results in mice. Human trials of the cholesterol-lowering vaccine are underway at the Medical University of Vienna.
Acupuncture has become popular throughout the world in the past few decades. It is now recognized as a simple, safe, effective and economical form of therapy, besides being free from side effects. It has not only been used as an anesthetic agent, but also in many diseases that are resistant to conventional forms of therapy.