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Alzheimer’s–Diabetes link found

Current research indicates that there may be a link between developing diabetes in middle age and developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. Elina Rönnemaa, MD, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, reports on a study of 2,269 men in Sweden who, at 50, were tested for diabetes. During an average follow up of 32 years, 4½ percent of the participants… Read More

Bad Faith Long Term Disability

by "One who wants to see laws change”  The worst insurance policy to have is a long-term disability (LTD) policy because it usually falls under the guidelines of Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). If you make a claim on an ERISA covered LTD policy and have been denied benefits, you will be unlikely to… Read More

Real pain for fibromyalgia

Often fibromyalgia is misdiagnosed as arthritis or psychological. A paper from the University of Michigan Health System reports that overwhelming data shows the condition is real. Research investigator Richard E. Harris, Ph. D., says "It is time...to move past the rhetoric...and take these patients serious."… Read More

VA accused of retaliation in PTSD case

Keith Roberts is a Vietnam era Vet who suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after witnessing a fellow airman crash to his death. Roberts was eventually given VA benefits for his PTSD, but when he insisted on back pay for the benefits he was accused of fraud and sentenced to 48 months in prison. He… Read More

Neck pain benefits from strength training

During the past 2 decades there has been an increase in the reporting of neck pain which is now second only to back pain. The increased incidents are attributed to women who perform repetitive tasks, such as a computer keyboard, in the work place. Whether neck pain benefits from exercise is a key question in several studies, all of… Read More

Pain Patch Recall

The Fentanyl pain patch has been recalled. The patch in question is the 25-microgram-per-hour patch with an expiration dates on or before December 2009. Currently it is a voluntary recall. Fentanyl is powerful narcotic that is opium derived and nearly 100 times stronger than morphine. Of the four main types of fentanyl in use today… Read More

Long-term opioid pain medication users are capable drivers new study suggest

Opioid pain relievers, like morphine, carry warning labels urging patients not to drive or operate heavy machinery while taking the medication. Drivers under the influence of pain drugs are typically subject to the same laws and penalties as people who drink and drive. A study by researchers at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago… Read More

Rheumatoid arthritis benefits by gluten-free vegan diet

Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with an increased risk of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and cardiovascular diseases. The causes are unknown, but the disturbed balance of blood fats may be part of the explanation. Johan Frostegård, professor, Karolinska Institute, found that a gluten-free vegan diet reduces cardiovascular risk in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Participants in the… Read More

Back pain may be relative

Traditional thinking has been that degenerative discs were primarily the result of handling heavy materials, postural loading, and vehicular vibration. There is now evidence that challenges that traditional thinking. Michele Crites-Battié, faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, studied 147 pairs of identical twins, and 153 pairs of fraternal male twins, to determine what role occupational… Read More

Veterans mental health benefits shrink as does available help

Veterans find it increasingly difficult to get mental health. Waiting lists at VA hospitals are so long it takes months to receive help. The alternative is private consultation, but reduced payments makes it difficult to find a therapist who will accept a Vet with Veteran Administration benefits… 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

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