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Comment Medications vs. Treatment (Score 0) 334

I know this is an unrelated disorder but the idea I want to present still holds. My father has Epilepsy (non-genetic) and has been on prescription Phenobarbital, dilatin, and Folic Acid most of my life. Though this helped control the seizures it did not address the primary problem... Damage to the right side of his brain. The bigger problem is the impact of the medication on his ability to operate in the world around him. His reaction time, cognition, and memory are all greatly affected and external stimuli can make a tremendous impact on his life. If not for the medication he would probably qualify as a borderline genius, but he would have 3-4 Gran Mal seizures a day. To try and help him doctors have tried him on multiple medications and are now evaluating him for surgery. This is where I make my point. the medications though helpful do not address the problem: damage to the brain. The solution is to remove the damage. The question is how will this affect the rest of his life. The same is true here: Medications do not solve the underlying cause of Schizophrenia or Bi-Polar Disorder. A lasting treatment needs to be developed to provide this capacity. There are underlying problems (genetic, physical, chemical, all of thee above) that need to be treated in a lasting manner. (I am not just blowing smoke out my ass I too deal with imbalance issues including ADD and hormonal imbalances causing gender dysphoria, it is a chemical problem and I find a way to live my life normally despite the fact but I still wish there was permanent treatment.)

Submission + - Ant mega-colony takes over world

boaz112358 writes: From the BBC: 'A single mega-colony of ants has colonised much of the world, scientists have discovered. Argentine ants living in vast numbers across Europe, the US and Japan belong to the same inter-related colony, and will refuse to fight one another. The colony may be the largest of its type ever known for any insect species, and could rival humans in the scale of its world domination." I for one welcome our new insect overlords.

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