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Parkinson’s patients may benefit by green tea

Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, which results in the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. Currently there is no known cure for the disease. Dr. Baolu Zhao, is author of an article, that investigates the effects of green tea polyphenols, a group of naturally occurring chemical substances found in plants… Read More

Rehabilitation needs to include additional factors

When occupational rehabilitation professionals consider when an employee should return to work they tend to emphasize the ability of a worker to perform tasks associated with their jobs. Workers returning to their job after an injury are more likely to quit or be fired if their job requires more hours than the traditional 40-hour week. Allard… Read More

Novel approach for regenerating nerves

Currently there is no treatment for recovering human nerve function after injury to the brain or spinal cord because central nervous system neurons have a very limited capability of self-repair and regeneration. Regeneration in the central nervous system requires neural activity, not just neuronal growth factors alone. Chemical neurotransmitters relay, amplify and modulate signals between… Read More

NIMH provides information about depression

Most of the 18.8 million American adults who suffer from a depressive illness every year do not seek treatment. Depression often interferes with a person's day-to-day behavior as well as jeopardizing the relationships with those who are close to them. Serious depression can destroy a family as well as the depressed person. Much of a… Read More

California Health Incentives Improvement Project

California, in an effort to assist its disabled residents to improve their situation, created the California Health Incentives Improvement Project (CHIIP). Its goal is to improve self-sufficiency and employment of the disabled. In particular, it wants to improve health care and eliminate personal assistance barriers. In the not too distant past disabled people who wanted… Read More

Pain relief by cannabis best in moderation

In an University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Center for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR) study, due to be published in the November journal of Anesthesiology, reports that cannabis in too high or too low of dosage provides little, if any benefit. Healthy volunteers were given a placebo cigarette or a marijuana cigarette that contained either 2%… Read More

Parkinson’s risk reduced by high blood pressure medication

Long-term use of calcium channel blockers appear to reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, while no such association was seen for other high blood pressure medications. Christoph R. Meier, PhD, MSc, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland, studied 7,374 men and women over the age of 40. One-half of the group had Parkinson's disease, the other half--the control group--had… Read More

Reform bill waves waiting period for terminally ill

Veteran, Joeseph H. Seall, qualified for Social Security disability benefits. Unfortunately, he did not live long enough to make it past the required 5-month waiting period. Two Congressmen, Chip Pickering (R-MS) and Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), jointly introduced the Joseph H. Seall Act of 2007 (HR 2713). Congressman Pickering saw Seall as a man who… Read More

Fibromyalgia treatments are rated by users

What is the best Fibromyalgia treatment? Vistors rate their experience with a multitude of treatments and medications… Read More

Lupus flares reduced with immunosuppressive drug

Mayo rheumatologist researcher Kevin Moder, M.D., led an investigative team for alternate ways to reduce inflammation flare ups in patients with Lupus. The disease causes inflammation of connective tissues that can involve the skin, joints, and kidneys. The cause is unknown. The researchers evaluated mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), an immunosuppressive drug used in organ transplant cases… Read More

Pain relief from oral spray

The tug-of-war between advocates for the use of medicinal cannabis and politicians who see it as a slippery slope, that ultimately leads to the legalization of marijuana, now have Sativex® that promises to heat up the discussion. The medication has shown to be effective in the treatment of pain in cases where conventional opioid medications… Read More

FDA places gene therapy clinical trial on hold after woman’s death

Sadly, a Seattle patient, who was part of a gene therapy clinical trial for inflammatory arthritis, died unexpectedly. As a result the FDA called a halt to the clinical trial. The company conducting the clinical trial, Targeted Genetics, notified the FDA when the patient died. The clinical trial will remain on hold until the cause… Read More

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