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Painkiller abuse less than 3% in chronic pain patients

Strict government oversite of opioid medications force physicians to balance the needs of their patients with demands from the government for better control of opioid medications. Fifty years ago cancer patients were denied opioids for their pain because of possible addiction. Srinivasa Raja, MD, professor of anesthesiology, Johns Hopkins University Medical School, reports that less than… 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

Modafinil reduces chemo treatment ‘fogginess’

Chemo treatment sometimes causes 'foggy' thinking. A recent double-blind study of women being treated for breast cancer were given modafinil (Provigil). Those women taking modafinil reported major memory improvements, concentration, and learning. Modafinil, originally used for narcolepsy, was found to promote wakefulness and seemed to increase brainpower without the 'jittery' side-effects associated with amphetamines. The… Read More

Neck pain and its treatment

Neck pain is a serious condition for many people. It can cause headaches, arm and upper back pain, even depression. Dr. Scott Haldeman, clinical professor of neurology, University of California-Irvine, found in his study of neck pain that it is a widespread experience that is a persistent and recurrent condition for the majority of sufferers… Read More

Efforts to diagnose Fibromyalgia early

The American College of Rehumatology has established general classification guidelines for fibromyalgia to help assess and study the condition. The Mayo Clinic now provides a web site based on that information and is useful for diagnosing fibromyalgia. Because there is no single, specific diagnostic laboratory test, diagnosis can be difficult. Physicians rely on patient history, self-reported symptoms… Read More

Fibromyalgia treatments are rated by users

What is the best Fibromyalgia treatment? Vistors rate their experience with a multitude of treatments and medications… Read More

PTSD found in peacekeepers to be higher than expected

Combat and war-zone soldiers are expected to have higher incidents of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A recent study by London, Ontario, researchers found Canadian peacekeepers suffer similar rates of PTSD to the combat and war-zone soldiers. Psychiatrist J. Donald Richardson, professor Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, and his co-investigators, conducted… Read More

Tips for Fibromyalgia patients having elective surgery

The thought of elective surgery for Fibromyalgia patients can be daunting; considering that surgery was often the onset for their developing Fibromyalgia in the first place. The Oregon Fibromyalgia Team offers helpful tips for FMS patients preparing for elective surgery. If an endotracheal tube is anticipated request a soft neck collar. Request that your arm… Read More

Arthritis patients benefit from exercise

Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability and those who suffer from it tend to be less fit than their peers. Leigh F. Callahan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, studied 346 people with self-reported arthritis, average age of 70-years. Participants were divided into 2 groups. In one group the participants followed the… Read More

Brain stimulation improves cognition

When a person experiences sleep deprivation they also reduce their working memory ability. Working memory is a form of short-term memory that relates to the ability to store task-specific information--like where you parked your car in a huge parking lot. Bruce Luber, Ph.D., instructor clinical psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, studied on… Read More

Parkinson’s disease can lead to sleepwalking

In the October issue of Archives of Neurology, a physician who treats Parkinson Disease (PD) reports that a few of his patients have begun sleepwalking. For the past 2 years, Dr Rositsa Poryazova has treated 165 PD patients. Adult-onset of sleepwalking was identified in 6 of those patients. There were an equal number of men and… Read More

Contradiction between 2 diabetes treatment trials

Individuals with type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease--the leading cause of death in people with diabetes. Previous studies suggest that reducing blood sugar levels of type 2 diabetes to comparable levels found in non-diabetic adults may reduce the rate of cardio vascular disease of diabetic patients. Two studies were developed to test… Read More

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