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New National Institutes of Health access law

In 2005 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) adapted a voluntary measure suggesting that agency-funded investigators provide public access of their research papers into the National Library of Medicine's online archive, PubMed Central. President Bush's signature on H.R. 2764, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2007, now requires the full text of articles to be made… Read More

DHEA fails to improve cognitive ability

DHEA is a supplement believed by many to help prevent chronic diseases. It is a hormone that occurs naturally in the human body and serves as a precursor to male and female sex steroid hormones. The peak level of DHEA occurs between 20-30 and then begins a slow decline as we age. By age 70… Read More

Fibromyalgia grassroots project seeks politcal action

The National Institute of Health was slow to acknowledge fibromyalgia. In 1996 only 1 million dollars was spent by the NIH for research. The Fibromyalgia Network began their grassroots efforts to lobby congress in 1997. They need your help to encourage research funding for a fibromyalgia cure… Read More

“Sicko” spawns insurance sham crusaders

June 18, 2007 begins a week long investigation on health insurance companies by Good Morning American. Advocacy anchor, Chris Cuomo, shares the personal stories of people who's health care is threatened by insurance companies procedures and policies. If you have problem with the U.S. health-care, or have a solution, ABC's Good Morning America would like… Read More

20-minute surgery stops back pain

As we age normal activities cause "wear and tear" on the spine, which can result in a condition known as spinal stenosis. This results in a narrowing, where the nerves branch out from the spinal column, which can squeeze and irritate the nerves resulting in back pain, leg pain, general weakness, and a loss of balance… Read More

Dementia on the decline in United States

As people age they tend to contribute a lack of recall on a "senior moment." In people over 70 are described as cognitive impaired--an umbrella term for significant memory loss to dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Kenneth Langa, M.D., PhD, University of Michigan Medical School physician, and associates, based a study of 11,000 people from data provided… Read More

American Chronic Pain Association

The American Chronic Pain Association offers support and information for people with chronic pain… Read More

The chronic pain and emotional brain connection

The Journal of Neuroscience, November 22, 2006, reports a connection between specific brain regions and chronic back pain. Pain is a way for an organism to enhance their chance for survival. They will either escape the source of pain or protect the injured body part. The question is what role does chronic pain have in… Read More

Diabetes may be related to upper GI issue

Often Type 2 diabetes is related to excess weight in the belly. Researchers recognized that obese individuals with Type 2 diabetes who had their stomach size restricted (i.e. gastric banding) also had an improvement of their diabetes. Francesco Rubino, MD, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, decided to see what effect gastrointestinal bypass… Read More

Forum for people with neurological disorders and diseases

NeuroTalk Communities is a great place to learn (and share) neurological issues. Forums include: allergies, ALS, alzheimer, aneurysm, arthritis, autism, autoimmune diseases, cerebral palsy, children's health, chronic pain, diabetes, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, gluten sensitivity, headache, hydrocephalus, and lyme disease… Read More

Dopamine retention problem possible link to Parkinson’s disease

Neuroscientist researchers at Emory University found that mice with a reduced capacity to store dopamine developed symptoms that mimic Parkinson's disease. The mice had a reduced amount of the gene VMAT2, which caused a loss of dopamine neurons, in addition to many of the other neurochemical features observed in Parkinson's disease patients. The VMAT2 gene… 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