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Formaldehyde linked to ALS

Scientist have shown that there is no apparent connection between common chemicals, like pesticides and herbicides, and developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's disease). However, there is one exception. Marc Weisskopf, PhD, Harvard University, Boston, reported at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting, Chicago, that people reporting a ten year or greater… Read More

New blood test for Alzheimer’s disease

Samaritan Pharmaceuticals has been granted a patent for a simple blood test that is capable of predicting and leading to an early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. The U.S. patent is waiting approval. As stated in the patent's abstract, "One of the major problems with the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases is the inability of… Read More

Low back pain relief from non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs all about equal

Low back pain affects most adults. Unfortunately, there is not a consensus of the best way to achieve pain relief. One approach is to use non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen, which helps reduce lower back pain that does not involve sciatica. NSAIDs are often used because they not only reduce pain… Read More

VoIP required to offer disability access

The Communications Act's Section 255 requires telecommunication equipment manufacturers are required to provide equipment (and/or service) to be accessible by people with disabilities. For some reason VoIP services did not feel that the FCC rules applied to them. The FCC has said otherwise… 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

Traumatic event can make permanent changes in stress hormone level

What is already known is that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or depression, can change how a person responds to stress. What is not known is how a traumatic event effects a person even though they may not develop clinical symptoms. Normally, when a person experiences stress their is a boost in cortisol output. After the stressful… Read More

Who wins social security benefits and who doesn’t

Don't give up on your disability claim. Of those declined better than half eventually receive benefits. It usually isn't an easy path to approval since 70% are initially denied. Of those who are denied and file for reconsideration 84% are denied. Of that 84% who pursue their claim and request a hearing about 50% win… Read More

Type 2 diabetes self-monitoring may be counterproductive

Worldwide one in twenty people have diabetes. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes accounting for an estimated 85-95% of all diabetes cases. Traditionally, self-monitoring of blood glucose levels for type 1 and type 2 diabetes who use insulin to treat their condition is recommended. What is in question is if type 2… Read More

University of Missouri awarded NIH grant for Alzheimer’s research

University of Missouri, Columbia, received a $6 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to continue research on ways to prevent and cure Alzheimer's disease. This grant dove-tails on the previous $5 million, 5-year, grant provided by the NIH. The first NIH grant helped researchers to recognize two major abnormalities of Alzheimer's patients. First, Alzheimer… Read More

20% of returning deployed soldiers suffer PTSD or major depression

In the first analysis of its kind to study military service personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the RAND Corporation has found: Nearly 20% of returning Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers (300K) report PTSD or major depression. Many service members failed to report PTSD or major depression fearing it would damage their career. Service members fail to… Read More

Medication effectiveness may be reduced by diet and lifestyle

When it comes to medication there is always a question of its effectiveness. How well any medication works varies from one individual to another. Researchers decided to examine if diet and lifestyle can contribute to the variation of effectiveness for drugs. Dr. Daniela Delneri, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, devised a clever study involving… Read More

Arthritis drug may effect heart

In September 2004 Viox was withdrawn from the market. Viox was found to interfere with the heart. The debate of selective COX-2 inhibition drugs, like Viox and Celebrex continues in the medical community because of their potential for adverse side effects. Satpal Singh, PH.D., associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology, University of Buffalo School of Medicine… Read More

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