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Disabled American Veterans benefits short-changed

Three major law firms have joined the battle with Disabled American Veterans in the fight to assure injured troops (many returning from Iraq and Afghanistan) receive all of the benefits they are entitled to under federal law. Currently the DAV feels that the troops are shortchanged and are only receiving a fraction of entitled benefits… Read More

Selling Sickness: How the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies are turning us all into patients

In the 6th grade a group of us decided to play a practical joke on classmate, Tommy. Each of us approached Tommy and while staring at one of his earlobes asked him if he felt okay, because it looked like he had epidermis. His response started out with a healthy, "Yes," but after being asked… Read More

New myofascial pain syndrome imaging technique

Myofascial pain and Fibromyalgia are sometimes confused for each other, but the conditions are clinically different. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition typically characterized by widespread pain in muscles, ligaments, and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points. Myofascial pain syndrome, is a more localized pain that is associated with trigger point tenderness. A… Read More

Effects of aging on the human brain

The human brain uses different regions to process information, such as memory, sensory input, or even one's own internal thoughts. The variety of regions are linked by a network of white matter conduits. The question is if aging degrades the white matter that links the different regions of the brain and what effect it has on… Read More

PTSD shown to damage the brain

Previous studies on stress suggest that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could be either environmental or genetic. One study found the size of several regions of the brain are inherited and presumably one region in particular, the hippocampus, may increase stress reactivity or impair the capacity for resilience. Another study found that stress can cause brain… Read More

One woman’s struggle to survive fibromyalgia

Lindsay is a blogger who frequently posts about her struggle with Fibromyalgia (FMS). She has been dealing with it for the past decade and only identified it as FMS for the past 5 years. She is the kind of woman who does not accept things at face value. Her inquisitive mind searches for the whys… Read More

Prez Bush gives thumbs down to expanded child health insurance

President Bush has vowed to veto a bipartisan plan to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program to include coverage for 4.1 million non-poor children who are currently uninsured. The cost would about double the total current expense, over a 5-year period, to a total of about $75 billion… Read More

Risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease

Journal of Neuroimaging reports that damage to brain blood vessels or temporal lobe atrophy are indicators that an individual is more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. In fact, older individuals who had both characteristics were 7 times more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than those without the indicators. MRI scans were used to identify those… Read More

Higher co-pays lowers patient compliance

There is an old expression--"It is the cheap man who pays the most."--that best explains why the higher co-payments for drug prescriptions or to see a doctor that took effect January 1, for many people, may actually cost a company more money. The University of Michigan and Harvard University researchers studied the concept called "value… Read More

Negative emotions and impulse control link observed

Little is understood about borderline personality disorder. A devastating mental illness that affects 1 to 2 percent of Americans. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, used the functional MRI (fMRI) to observe the prefrontal cortex of 16 patients with borderline personality disorder and 14 healthy control… Read More

Depression treatments using SSRI and venlafaxine compared

Despite the numerous antidepressant medications available for treatment many depressed patients continue to experience symptoms of depression. Charles B. Nemeroff, affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, and associates, reviewed 34 double-blind randomized controlled trials that compared a single serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), venlafaxine, to other… Read More

Rheumatoid arthritis may mean early retirement

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is estimated to have a financial impact into the tens of billions of dollars worldwide. In recent years new rheumatoid arthritis drugs have been shown to increase the chances for remission, halting of the progression of joint damage and improve, or prevent, disability. Access to these drugs in developed countries varies greatly… Read More