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Alzheimer’s caused by a toxin 10 times more deadly than previously thought

Amyloid plaques are thought to cause the devastating neurodegenerative Alzheimer's disease. Until recently the fibrils made of small proteins of amyloid-beta where thought to be the toxic element that kills nerve cells. Recently Yoshitaka Ishii, associate professor of chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, was able to capture and characterize a crucial intermediate step in… Read More

Social Security Disability application guidelines

According to Janie M. Laubscher's article, Applying For Social Security Disability Benefits, explains that the Disability Determination Service process applications in 3 main steps. 1) Review submitted application to get an overview of your case. 2) Formally request needed medical records for review. 3) Your application and supporting medical records will determine if you are… Read More

Suggestions needed for someone leaving SSDI

Congrats to this blogger for being able to recoup to the point where she no longer needs disability insurance. She asks for advice from readers on how she should proceed… Read More

Depression factors include both genes and environment

According to stress theories there is a tendency for a person's genetic makeup to predispose them to depression; a negative life experience can trigger a depression. Most studies focus on either the genetics or environment, but not both. Gerald Haeffel, psychologist, University of Notre Dame, decided to investigate whether a gene associated with dopamine interacted with maternal parenting style… Read More

Targeting problematic proteins in fight against Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's disease is thought to be connected with neurons in the memory center of the brain that are choked as a result of the buildup of two types of proteins: tau protein, which turns destructive when aberrant forms of the  protein form fibrous tangles, and amyloid beta, which produces an amyloid plaque. The NYU Medical Center researchers focused their attention on… Read More

Medication free approach for older adults suffering chronic pain

An article in the recent issue of Pain Medicine describes possible non-medication approaches in dealing with chronic pain in older adults. The study included progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, hypnosis, tai chi, and yoga. Of the treatments in the study,  none were found to have adverse effects or safety issues. All were feasible for older adults… Read More

Chronic pain can damage the brain

In a healthy brain all the regions exist in a state of equilibrium. When one region of the brain is active, the other regions quiet down. Dante Chialvo, associate research professor of physiology, Feinberg School, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to scan the brains of people with chronic low back pain as well as… Read More

Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s Foundation

To date, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has funded (or directed) over $92 million in research for better Parkinson's treatments. The web site contains valuable information on the latest developments in research for Parkinson's… Read More

VA benefits procedure being reevaluated

Currently the Veterans™ Disability Benefits Commission is in the process of reviewing the benefits provided veterans and their survivors. The commission is consulting with the Institute of Medicine to determine how compensation decisions are made and if it can be done so on a scientific basis… Read More

A gene-virus combo used to fight Parkinson’s

The Oregon Health & Science University is one of 9 sites in a year long study to determine whether CERE-120 can reduce symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is thought to be caused by the death of nerve cells that produce dopamine. CERE-120 is comprised of both a gene and a virus using a process… Read More

Pricey nor custom made insoles have any effect on back pain

Tali Sahar, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was curious about the quality of insoles and if it makes a difference in treating back pain. After reviewing a total of 6 separate studies (3 involved 2,061 people and the other 3 involved 256 people) what he found will not thrill the 'Are You Gellin' group who believe… Read More

The Alzheimer’s and diabetes link

Ireland researchers, Dr Christian Holscher and Dr Calum Sutherland, believe that there may be a connection between Alzheimer's and diabetes. Their research centers around the protein GLP1, which is currently being investigated as a new treatment for diabetes. They already know that GLP1 has an effect on the progression of Alzheimer's disease. If the Alzheimer's… Read More

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