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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

Why painkillers fail for Fibromyalgia patients

Fibromyalgia patients often suffer from chronic pain, but for some reason they find commonly prescribed pain medications are not very effective. Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System believe they may know the reason. Pain killers, like Darvocet,Vicodin, and Oxycontin, work by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. The study… Read More

Pain relief protein discovered in blood

Neuropathic pain is caused by nerve damage that can be associated with chronic inflammation or direct nerve injury. This type of pain differs from ordinary pain in that it is usually perceived as ongoing burning or as 'pins and needles' electric-shock type of sensation. It is the type of pain that often associated with shingles, cancer, repetitive… Read More

A gene found to be common among Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus patients

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Lupus have long been suspected to have a common genetic component. Narrowing the field of possibilities to just one likely candidate has taken researchers years to accomplish. The suspected gene is STAT4, but it is too early to tell what impact it will have in therapy for both diseases. This is… Read More

Do you qualify for Social Security disability

Disability insurance provided by Social Security breaks down into two programs. First, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). To qualify you must have paid Social Security through payroll deductions. Disability payment is determined by the total of your SS deductions. Second, Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This program is designed for those unable to work or have… Read More

Possible Alzheimer’s treatment

Alzheimer's disease creates an accumulation of amyloid plaque deposits, which is composed primarily of the neurotoxic beta-amyloid peptide. The amyloid peptides are "cut" out from a larger protein called amyloid precursor protein (APP), then bind together to form plaques in the memory area of the brain. Vivian Y.H. Hook, PhD, professor, Skaggs School of Pharmacy… Read More

Poor sleep can lead to depression

Insomnia is the most commonly reported sleep disorder. Approximately, 30% of adults have insomniac symptoms. Traditional thinking suggested that insomnia is the result of depression. Jules Angst, MD, Zurich University Psychiatric Hospital, Switzerland, conducted 6 interviews with 591 young adults over a 20 year period. He was able to distinguish 4 subtypes of insomnia: One-month… Read More

Reiki, an alternative approach to fibromyalgia

How or why Reiki works is difficult for the Western layman to comprehend. For whatever reason it does works...for some. It is healing through touch and uses methods that are more common in Eastern healing practices. The practice has been used for thousands of years and is said to restore a person's energy levels… Read More

SSDI process for psychiatric applicants

In 1996 slightly less than half of all Social Security disability claims were approved. Of the claims that were approved approximately 28% of them were for mental disorders. Every year there is an increasing number of SSDI psychiatric claims. The problem is because few psychiatrists feel competent in making a determination to render a professional… Read More

Alzheimer’s–Diabetes link found

Current research indicates that there may be a link between developing diabetes in middle age and developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. Elina Rönnemaa, MD, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, reports on a study of 2,269 men in Sweden who, at 50, were tested for diabetes. During an average follow up of 32 years, 4½ percent of the participants… Read More

Dementia linked to low levels of foliate

Dementia is more likely to occur in those who are older, relatively poorly educated, inactive, and have deposits of the protein ApoE. Researchers now believe the onset of dementia is significantly more likely in those with lower than usual foliate levels. Researchers tracked the development of dementia in 518 people over 2 years (2001-2003). Participants… Read More

Type 2 diabetes predictor may be in the veins

Extra weight, family history, and lifestyle are all considered contributors to the development of type 2 diabetes. Researchers would like to add one more risk factor--blood vessels. Saverio Stranges, MD, Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, UK, found changes in the blood vessels and sub-clinical systemic inflammation can also help… Read More

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