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Memory loss in Alzheimer’s associated with loss of receptor cells

Ironically, researchers 'think' they have an understanding of how we 'think' and how memory is created. When it comes to the brain it is a matter of speculation of how our metaphorical gears work. Recent research by Duke University's Medical Center neurobiologist, Michael Ehlers, M.D., Ph.D., has filled in one more piece of the puzzle… Read More

7 common medical myths

According to a recent article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) there are common medical myths that are unproven or untrue. Researchers selected seven commonly held medical beliefs that are espoused by both physicians and the general public, then searched for evidence to support, or refute, each of the claims. The results: There is no… Read More

Breakthrough skin patch for Parkinson’s disease

The FDA approved the use of the Neupro patch this past May. It will be coming to a physician's office near you. The Neupro patch delivers the drug rotigotine,which helps the brain produce dopamine, which is naturally produced in a healthy brain and lacking when Parkinson's disease is present. Dr. Joseph Jankovic, Baylor professor of… 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

Rheumatoid arthritis risk may be reduced in women who breastfeed

Over the past few years rheumatoid arthritis researchers have noticed decline in reporting of women with the disease. In an article published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases a study reports that researchers compared 136 women with rheumatoid arthritis with 544 women of a similar age without the disease. They found that those who had… Read More

Seven fired U.S. attorneys and two dead assistants had one thing in common — Medicare fraud

Tom Flocco.comreports that CEO Samuel Lipari, who is suing hospital supply company Novation LLC, claims the seven fired U.S. attorneys, two dead assistants, three assistants who resigned or were fired, and two U.S. attorneys forced out were all investigating Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Jeb Bush, the President's brother, is on the board of directors for… Read More

Online supplement to Fibromyalgia Frontiers

The National Fibromyalgia Partnership (NFP) provides comprehensive news on fibromyalgia. They have been at it for 15 years and it shows. The site includes: FM: the basics, news watch, treatment perspective, community services, research abstracts, and new books & videos… Read More

CDC reports higher than expected frequency rate of chronic fatigue syndrome

In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged that they had diverted millions of dollars, allocated by Congress, for research of chronic fatigue syndrome, to other research programs. Recently, the CDC released controversial studies that link CFS to to genetic mutations and abnormalities in key physiological processes. The CDC is also sponsoring… Read More

Iraq contractors denied mental health benefits

A Los Angeles Times investigation reports that U.S. contractors working in Iraq and Afghanistan are often denied psychological injuries, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Insurance companies fight psychological disability claims by calling into question the expertise of doctors who make such a diagnosis. An insurance psychiatrist specializing in pharmacological research denies psychology as "baloney." A… Read More

Alzheimer’s patients could benefit from hypertension medication

For 2 years, Dr Pasinetti, at Mount Sinai, screened more than 1,500 commercially available drugs for possible use in the battle against Alzheimer's disease and cognitive impairment. What Pasinetti was specifically looking for was a drug that would stop the production of beta-amyloid, which is currently considered a critical factor for the development of Alzheimer's… 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

Industrial chemical linked to parkinson’s disease symptoms

While conducting a clinical study on Parkinson's disease researchers came across a participant who felt strongly that his condition was the result of exposure to tricholoraethylene (TCE). Further research involving co-workers of the original participant suggest that there is a connection. Don M. Gash and John T. Slevin, University of Kentucky--Lexington, studied the group of… Read More