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Tinnitus: Serotonin may worsen the condition

Tinnitus is a condition in which an individual experiences constant sensation of ringing or buzzing in the ears. It is the chronic perception of sound when there is no internal or external acoustic source.

The scientists at OHSU demonstrate why a standard antidepressant medication may worsen tinnitus. The action of serotonin (neuromodulator in the brain) was studied, published in the journal Cell Reports.

Worldwide Bans on Highly Hazardous Pesticides Required

In rural Asia, highly hazardous pesticides are frequently used in acts of self-poisoning and suicide. However, two studies had reported that instead of concentrating on secure storage, global policies on highly hazardous pesticides should concentrate on National bans to decrease the suicidal cases.

Risk of death increased when admitted to ICU at the weekend

Weekend effect: Mortality risk increased if admitted to intensive care units at the weekend compared to weekdays.

A study involving 119 Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in Austria reported a greater risk of death when admitted to the ICU at the weekend compared to a weekday. Alternately, the risk of dying in the ICU on the weekend was lower than on a weekday. This emphasized the complexity of the so-called 'weekend effect.' The study was published in the journal Critical Care.