Weekly health news: Visual agnosia, bladder polyps, cognitive ability, and bulging veins

train-brainAnother week has gone by in the world of medical news, and here at Bel Marra, we have taken the time to compile a list of the best articles for your weekly health news round-up. You’ll find a ton of interesting health topics to catch you up.

Simple way to improve your memory

It’s important to keep your brain healthy, especially as you age. Mental decline is one of the most common symptoms of aging and it inflicts most, if not all, elderly people. With the elderly population on the rise, it’s important to promote a healthy brain.


Most people get the feeling sometimes that they can’t forget what they went into a room for, and it’s not a good feeling to have. The elderly often forget to take their medication or wonder if they’ve paid a bill or not. Fortunately for you, there are a lot of simple ways to improve your memory and keep it up to par. Continue reading…

Visual agnosia: Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatmentvisual-agnosia

Visual agnosia is characterized by the inability to recognize familiar objects. It is a rare condition in the visual centers of the brain making it unable to make sense of previously well-known visual stimuli.

A more accurate visual agnosia definition would be the inability to recognize the import sensory impressions of familiar objects by sight, usually due to a lesion of one of the visual association areas. This condition may also be called object blindness or psychic blindness. Continue reading…

bladder-polypsAre bladder polyps cancerous? Causes, symptoms, and treatment

A polyp is an abnormal growth of tissue projecting from a mucous membrane. Bladder polyps, in particular, are becoming more of an issue for medical professionals. Polyps in the bladder are suspected to be associated with lifestyle choices such as smoking or exposure to harmful chemical elements, but the cause of bladder polyps is not known. A certain parasitic infection called schistosomiasis has been discovered to be associated with the development of bladder polyps, which result from parasitic eggs released into the bladder wall tissue, leading to polyp formation. Men are afflicted more often by bladder polyps, generally being diagnosed after the age of 55. Continue reading…

social-stereotypingStereotyping more common in those with high cognitive ability

We all make snap judgments about people even if we haven’t met them. This is called stereotyping, and depending on the context, our stereotypes can either be good or bad. A new study finds that people with higher cognitive abilities are more likely to learn and apply social stereotypes. However, they also have the ability to more easily unlearn them when presented with new information.


The researchers say that these individuals are more adept at picking up subtle patterns that aren’t obvious to the average person. However, their stereotyping associations can be challenged when new patterns arise. Continue reading…

bulging-veinsBulging veins: What it means and how to get rid of them

Bulging veins can be seen on your hands or practically any part of the body. They can be the result of a congenital defect of vein valves or due to conditions such as thrombophlebitis and varicose veins. Bulging veins can look unsightly, appearing swollen and possibly painful.

One of the most common reasons for bulging veins to develop is the prevention of flow through vein valves. These valves act as one-way flaps whose purpose is to prevent blood from flowing backward as it moves up the legs. When these valves do not function properly it allows for blood to pool and veins to enlarge. Continue reading…


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