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Rheumatoid arthritis early death linked to smoking

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory autoimmune disease. Patients with RA tend to die younger and largely from cardiovascular disease (CVD). A marker of inflammation is an elevation of the C-reactive protein (CRP) and has been shown to predict CVD. Dr. Tracey M. Farragher, University of Manchester, wondered why other inflammatory diseases, like Crohn's disease… Read More

Disabled achievers focus of film festival

The International Disability Film Festivalheld its 27th annual event in Berkeley. Thirteen award winners were chosen from the 45 entries submitted from 10 countries… Read More

Possible rheumatoid treatment breakthrough

Thioredoxin is a naturally occurring protein. Its existence has been known to be secreted by the body to counter stressful chemical reactions that occur with inflammation. What wasn't known about thioredoxin is its ability to open ion channels, which allow the movement of ions. Ions are electrically charged atoms across a cell's membrane that carries out a… Read More

Anti-Depressants & anti-inflammatory drugs can dramatically increase GI bleeding

Emerging evidence has shown that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) used in conjunction with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause bleeding of the lining of the digestive tract including the esophagus, stomach, or upper part of the small intestine--together called the upper gastrointestinal (GI). Researchers pooled data from 4 studies involving 153,000 patients. Patients taking… Read More

Parkinson’s disease can lead to sleepwalking

In the October issue of Archives of Neurology, a physician who treats Parkinson Disease (PD) reports that a few of his patients have begun sleepwalking. For the past 2 years, Dr Rositsa Poryazova has treated 165 PD patients. Adult-onset of sleepwalking was identified in 6 of those patients. There were an equal number of men and… 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

Seven fired U.S. attorneys and two dead assistants had one thing in common — Medicare fraud

Tom Flocco.comreports that CEO Samuel Lipari, who is suing hospital supply company Novation LLC, claims the seven fired U.S. attorneys, two dead assistants, three assistants who resigned or were fired, and two U.S. attorneys forced out were all investigating Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Jeb Bush, the President's brother, is on the board of directors for… Read More

Is insomnia the result or cause of fibromyalgia?

Traditional thinking has been that the lack of sleep is the result of fibromyalgia. Now some physicians are looking at it as the cause instead of the result. Some doctors suspect that fibromyalgia is the result of low levels of progesterone, which causes insomnia, and in turn causes fibromyalgia. The connection is that deep sleep… Read More

Thinking differently about Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson's disease has long been recognized by tremors and a characteristic stiffness and sluggish gait. It has been thought that the cause of the disease was the death of neurons in the mid-brain that produces the neurotransmitter dopamine. The belief was supported by the fact that dopamine is known to help maintain motion control. Emory… Read More

Link found between Parkinson’s disease and ovary removal

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester have found a link between a premenopausal women having one or both ovaries removed increases the risk of developing both Parkinson's disease and dementia. The study included over 4,600 women. Approximately half of the women had at least one ovary removed before the onset of menopause and the other half were… Read More

Author seeks chronic pain and occipital neuralgia sufferers for article

Trish, is a RN who feels it is important that health care professionals understand, first-hand, how chronic pain and occipital neuralgia patients live with their affliction. She wants treating professionals to understand, among other things, what these sufferers endure when while seeking relief from their chronic pain they are accused of being a drug-addict looking for a high. She… Read More

The Journal of Pain

The American Pain Society's journal, The Journal of PAIN, offers the latest news, research, and education on the subject of pain. Registration is required to access all of the features of the web site. Registration is free, article abstracts are free, but there is a fee for the full text of articles. Articles are written… Read More