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Medication cost helps determine a patient’s faith in a drug

For some time pharmaceutical companies have known that the effectiveness for a new medication is greatest in the first year of availability to the public. It has been suggested that the increased effectiveness is the result of a physicians enthusiasm for the new drug. Dan Ariely, behavioral economist, Duke University, and a team of collaborators… Read More

Diabetics have double the risk for heart disease

Health practitioners have been warning patients the 'lower the better' for cholesterol and blood pressure in order to reduce the risk of a heart attack. Now there is evidence that patients with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes practitioners should add 'the sooner, the better' for prevention of cardiovascular disease. Tina Ken Schramm, MD… Read More

Anesthesia with low oxygen levels linked to Alzheimer’s protein

Every year over 200 million are anesthetized while undergoing surgery. A concern has been if the widely used anesthetic desflurane contributes to increased production of amyloid-beta protein (an indicator of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers Bin Zhang, Yuanlin Dong, Rudolph Tanzi, Zhongcong Xie, Genetics and Aging Research Unit, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical… 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

Alzheimer’s associated plaque discovered to form rapidly

Amyloid plaques have long been identified as a significant cause of Alzheimer's disease, but the speed at which it develops has been unknown. Bradley Hyman, MD, PhD, director of the Alzheimer's Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, used a novel technique for microscopically imaging the brains of living animals. Using mice that developed amyloid plaques, researchers imaged… Read More

Diabetes complications reduced by compound found in grape skins

Diabetes patients have a high production of glucose, which can cause cellular damage to blood vessels. Matt Whiteman, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science, Peninsula Medical School, South West of England has found that resveratrol, a compound naturally found in grape skin, can protect against cellular damage to blood vessels caused by… Read More

Marijuana found to help in the battle of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute found tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana's active ingredient, inhibits the formation of amyloid plaque, which is thought to be involved with the development of Alzheimer's disease. Surprisingly, marijuana's active ingredient, THC, was found to work better at inhibiting amyloid plaque than several of the drugs approved by the Federal Drug Administration… Read More

Why women sometimes respond better than men to SSRI medication

The current treatment for depression is most often a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), which helps make serotonin available to help manage mood and stress. The question is why SSRIs work better for some than others. A study done 10 years ago suggested that women respond better to SSRI treatment than men. Another study found that pre-menopausal women may also… Read More

Chronic pain relief using gene therapy

Chronic pain patients primary source of relief is typically a pain-killing opiate. Unfortunately, opiate drugs are often unsatisfactory because of poor efficacy or intolerable side effects like extreme sleepiness, mental clouding, and hallucinations. Dr. Anreas Beutler, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine/ Hematology and Medical Oncology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has developed a novel approach… Read More

Neurotrophic factor possible treatment for Parkinson’s disease

University of Helsinki reports that current drug treatment for Parkinson's disease aims to increase the level of dopamine, or to increase the activation of dopamine receptors, in the brain. Over time though, the effectiveness of such treatments decreases because of nerve degeneration. Ideally, the key would be to find a way to halt the progression… Read More

Weekly pain diary

The good news is that when you feel good it is difficult to recall exactly how pain felt. The bad news is that the process of 'pain memory fade' makes changes in the level of pain difficult to gauge over a period of time. Experts recommend that you keep a pain journal and PainAwarnessMonth.org has… Read More

Bipolar child has 30% chance of having a parent with the disorder

The American Journal of Psychiatry reports that a child diagnosed with bipolar disorder has a 30% probability of a blood parent having the same disorder. Researchers were curious to determine if bipolar children were getting medical attention sooner and more often due to at least one parent having the disorder. Researchers decided to determine if a high correlation existed between children diagnosed… Read More

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