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Bad faith insurance companies

Fight Bad-faith Insurance Companies (FBIC) is an excellent site on getting the low-down on your insurance company. In previous posts it has been mentioned that there are no Federal or State laws that specifically regulate insurance policies. Sure, there are rules and regulations on how insurance companies conduct business, but when it comes to how… Read More

Inflammation may play role in Alzheimer’s

A team of researchers at the University of Rochester are exploring the role inflammation plays in Alzheimer's disease. Like Rheumatoid Arthritis, which causes inflammation and irreparable damage to joints, it appears that there is also an inflammatory mechanism involved in patients with Alzheimer's disease that is just as destructive. The inflammation that appears in the brains… Read More

Obesity linked to Alzheimer’s disease

The Guardian reports that a major epidemic of Alzheimer's disease looms as the population matures and their waist lines expand. In the UK there are 700,000 people who suffer from dementia and most of those have Alzheimer's disease. In 15 to 20 years it is expected that over 1 million will be affected in the… Read More

Foreign Service members experience PTSD

The Washington Post reports that among the PTSD victims of the Iraq war Foreign Service (FS) members, who are placed in danger zones, where family members are not allowed to live, experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is estimated 40% or more of the FS members and military members suffer the effects of PTSD. Wounded… Read More

A child’s growing pains may actually be Fibromyalgia

Most guidelines suggest that Fibromyalgia affects people over 40 and affects 9 times as many women as men. It might be time to revise that traditional thinking according to a Daily Mail article. A recent study found 6% of school age children in Mexico, Finland, and Israel reported muscular pain. Often when school age children… Read More

2 arthritis related genes discovered

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory arthritis disease that strikes patients in their teens, 20s, or 30s. It can cause a complete fusion of the spine, leaving patients unable to straighten and bend. For the past 30 years the only screening test for AS was the gene HLA-B27, then only 40% of the time AS cases… Read More

Disease management care has benefits at a cost

In 2005 health insurance plans and employers spent $1.2 billion on disease management programs. Management programs have become a key point in the national health care reform debate as policymakers search for a way to improve health care quality and access, while at the same time controlling cost. Disease management has become viewed as the silver… Read More

20-minute surgery stops back pain

As we age normal activities cause "wear and tear" on the spine, which can result in a condition known as spinal stenosis. This results in a narrowing, where the nerves branch out from the spinal column, which can squeeze and irritate the nerves resulting in back pain, leg pain, general weakness, and a loss of balance… Read More

Australia’s equivalent of FDA (TGA) bans Novartis’ Lumiracoxib

Novartis is in the process of recruiting subjects for clinical trials for the drug Lumiracoxib. The clinical trials are to compare the effects of Lumiracoxib, ibuprofen, and placebo on a 24-hour blood pressure profile and on urinary excretions (of eicosanoids in controlled hypertensive) in patients who have osteoarthritis. Meanwhile, Australia's equivalent of the FDA, the Therapeutic… Read More

Parkinson’s risk reduced by over-the-counter pain medication

Parkinson's disease risk may be reduced by regular use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), which includes aspirin and ibuprofen, according to a recent UCLA study. The study comprised of 579 men and women. Half of the group had Parkinson's disease, while the other was free of the disease. For those in the group who took two or more NSAID… Read More

Is fibromyalgia in the body or mind?

In a Rheumatology Journalarticle researchers report on how they measured the blood flow and skin temperature in the area of 5 known tender points of both Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients and a control group without the syndrome. Blood flow was measured using a laser Doppler flowmetry and skin temperature was measured with an infrared thermometer… Read More

A lowly transparent worm helps Parkinson’s researchers

The nematode worm is a favorite subject of medical researchers, because they are transparent. They are also small, very small, being made up of fewer than 1,000 cells. Under the microscope, it is possible to observe neurons die in real time in this lowly worm. What makes the nematode worm ideal for Parkinson's disease research… Read More

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