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Chronic back pain associated with brain matter

The mystical leap between the brain and chronic pain conditions remains speculative, according to this November 17, 2004, article in the Journal of Neuroscience. A study of 26 chronic back pain patients (CBP), and an equal number of control subjects, showed a 5-11% loss of neocortical gray matter volume than the control group. A 5-11%… Read More

Veterans file class action against Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Adminstration (VA) Secretary Jim Nicholson has been accused by injured Iraq war veterans of denying them benefits. The class action suit was filed on behalf of hundreds of thousands of veterans. Attorneys filing the class action said that the objective is not monetary. What they want is for the VA to provide the mental… Read More

Breakthrough skin patch for Parkinson’s disease

The FDA approved the use of the Neupro patch this past May. It will be coming to a physician's office near you. The Neupro patch delivers the drug rotigotine,which helps the brain produce dopamine, which is naturally produced in a healthy brain and lacking when Parkinson's disease is present. Dr. Joseph Jankovic, Baylor professor of… Read More

Knee pain, possible causes and treatments

Kneecap pain is a common problem and occurs when it is out of alignment. There are several causes for the kneecap, or patella, to become misaligned including: flat feet, weak hip muscles (which cause the femur to move out of its precise alignment), leg length differences, tight muscles on the front and back of the… Read More

Man files fraudulent disability claim and faces 5 years in prison

Mark M., 36, thought he was going to be able to out-wit a Provident Life and Casualty insurance adjuster. He lied about his medical and psychological history on the disability insurance application. The adjuster became suspicious when he phoned the number Mr. M. provided for his boss and quickly realized that he was really speaking… Read More

PTSD may indicate long-term health problems

An elevated level of a white blood cell count can indicate a major infection or a serious blood disorder such as leukemia. Now it is thought that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be just as good of an indicator of a person's long term health status. Joseph Boscarino, PhD, MPH, Geisinger Senior Investigator, examined the… Read More

Parkinson’s dyskinesias has new hopeful treatment

A characteristic often associated with Parkinson's disease is dyskinesias, which is a spastic (or repetitive) motion. Dyskinesia is sometimes caused by the long-term use of medication to help control the disease like levodopa, or L-dopa. The drug dextromethorphan is currently used to treat dyskinesias. Dextromethorphan is a drug used in to suppress coughs in cold and flu… Read More

Curry found to reduce cause of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have isolated a compund in turmeric, a yellow spice that gives Indian curry powder its distinctive color, called bisemethoxycurcumin. It is bisemethoxycurcumin that appears to be an antitoxin, which has been shown to to boost immune cells, called macrophages, to clear amyloid-beta that has been shown to to kill brain cells and thought to… Read More

Funny makes pain more tolerable

Laughter is sometimes referred to as the best medicine. The organization Rx Laughter agrees and with UCLA researchers decided to put it to the test. The purpose was to determine if humor could make stressful or painful procedures easier for children and adolescents undergoing cancer treatments or a simple blood draw. The study group involved… Read More

Are college students on the path to chronic health problems?

A report from University of New Hampshire shows that college students, 18---24, are on the path to chronic health problems. Data collected from 800+ undergraduates find 1/3 are overweight, 8% of the males have metabolic syndrome, 60% of the males have high blood pressure, and 2/3 of of the females do not meet their nutritional… Read More

Short-term disability basics

What is short-term disability and why should you care? The article mentions that nearly one-third of all Americans between the ages of 35 and 65 will suffer a serious disability. At least according to the American Council of Life Insurers. Call me skeptic, but that is saying when you are standing in line at the… Read More

What is new in Veterans disability benefits?

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides the most recent reports and testimonies related to military and veteran's health care and disability benefits issued since March 2003. Currently there are 28 items listed related to veterans disability benefits. GAO Findings and Recommendations Regarding DOD and VA Disability Systems GAO-07-906R, May 25, 2007 Abstract   PDF    Veterans Benefits… Read More

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