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ALS patients experience hope in a variety of forms

Patients with Lou Gehrig's disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: ALS) suffer from a progressive degenerative motor neuron disease that is almost always fatal. Patients with ALS often demonstrate a range of coping capabilities. Joanna H. Fanos, Department of Pediatrics, Dartmouth Medical School, New Hampshire, and colleagues, sought to find the different ways ALS patients use internal and… 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

Australia’s equivalent of FDA (TGA) bans Novartis’ Lumiracoxib

Novartis is in the process of recruiting subjects for clinical trials for the drug Lumiracoxib. The clinical trials are to compare the effects of Lumiracoxib, ibuprofen, and placebo on a 24-hour blood pressure profile and on urinary excretions (of eicosanoids in controlled hypertensive) in patients who have osteoarthritis. Meanwhile, Australia's equivalent of the FDA, the Therapeutic… Read More

Negative emotions and impulse control link observed

Little is understood about borderline personality disorder. A devastating mental illness that affects 1 to 2 percent of Americans. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, used the functional MRI (fMRI) to observe the prefrontal cortex of 16 patients with borderline personality disorder and 14 healthy control… Read More

Foreign Service members experience PTSD

The Washington Post reports that among the PTSD victims of the Iraq war Foreign Service (FS) members, who are placed in danger zones, where family members are not allowed to live, experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is estimated 40% or more of the FS members and military members suffer the effects of PTSD. Wounded… 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

How & Where to report VA abuse and fraud

War veterans who suffer physical and emotion illness frequently suffer financial hardships due to their inability to find suitable employment. Veterans Affairs (VA) offers substantial medical services and benefits to those who have suffered a disability. Unfortunately, the VA disability benefits can serve as an incentive to commit fraud and abuse. Psychiatric disabilities, like Post Traumatic… Read More

One solution to help Parkinson’s patients walk more naturally

L-dopa is commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease. Unfortunately, L-dopa can also produce two undesirable characteristics. First, the expected results from the medication are not consistent throughout the day. Second, continued use may cause increased uncontrollable movement and the patient to exert even more energy to try to correct their movement. It is not unusual… Read More

Dementia risk reduced by long-term use of beta carotene

Brigham and Women's Hospital has released the results of a long-term study involving the effects of beta carotene supplement on dementia. Beta carotene is thought to help fight cellular damage from oxidative stress, which is a major factor in cognitive decline. Although, there was evidence that an antioxidant, like beta carotene, might help preserve cognition previous studies… Read More

Heavy drinking, smoking, and bad genes increases risk of early Alzheimer’s

A new report shows that there is a link between the early onset of Alzheimer's disease and heavy smoking and drinking. Ranjan Duara, MD, Wien Center for Alzheimer's Disease, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Florida, studied 938 people age 60 and older. All participants had been diagnosed with possible/probable Alzheimer's disease. Information of the… Read More

How to deal with people when you are in pain

When you've broken a leg, and are using crutches, no one expects you to run to catch a cab. Most people will take your disability into consideration and try not to cause you undue difficulty. When you are in pain it is an entirely different matter. You may look normal. There is no neon sign… Read More

Type 2 diabetes benefits from traditional Chinese medicine’s bitter melon

Type 2 Diabetes has been known to respond well to a vegetable that is used in traditional Chinese medicine--bitter melon. Bitter melon is bitter in taste, non-toxic, and thought to expel evil heat and relieve fatigue...according to the famous Compendium of Materia Medican, by Li Shizhen (1518-1593). Researchers from the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica… Read More

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