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Anti-Depressants & anti-inflammatory drugs can dramatically increase GI bleeding

Emerging evidence has shown that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) used in conjunction with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause bleeding of the lining of the digestive tract including the esophagus, stomach, or upper part of the small intestine–together called the upper gastrointestinal (GI). Researchers pooled data from 4 studies involving 153,000 patients. Patients taking… Read More

Pricey nor custom made insoles have any effect on back pain

Tali Sahar, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was curious about the quality of insoles and if it makes a difference in treating back pain. After reviewing a total of 6 separate studies (3 involved 2,061 people and the other 3 involved 256 people) what he found will not thrill the ‘Are You Gellin’ group who believe… Read More

Video discussing A-beta and Alzheimer’s gene

ScienCentralNews and Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern present a short video (1:28) explaining what research is being done to determine whether beta-amyloid plaque, found in Alzheimer’s patients, is a cause or symptom of the disease. If it is determined whether the plaque is a by-product or the cause, then there is a good chance… Read More

Suggestions needed for someone leaving SSDI

Congrats to this blogger for being able to recoup to the point where she no longer needs disability insurance. She asks for advice from readers on how she should proceed… 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

Neurotrophic factor possible treatment for Parkinson’s disease

University of Helsinki reports that current drug treatment for Parkinson’s disease aims to increase the level of dopamine, or to increase the activation of dopamine receptors, in the brain. Over time though, the effectiveness of such treatments decreases because of nerve degeneration. Ideally, the key would be to find a way to halt the progression… Read More

Nutritional supplement used in clinical trail for Parkinson’s

This past spring the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a phase III clinical trial of creatine and its effects on Parkinson’s disease. Creatine is an over-the-counter nutritional supplement found naturally in the body and in red meat and used by body builders to ‘bulk-up.’ Recruitment is still active in many of the research facilities… Read More

Novel approach for regenerating nerves

Currently there is no treatment for recovering human nerve function after injury to the brain or spinal cord because central nervous system neurons have a very limited capability of self-repair and regeneration. Regeneration in the central nervous system requires neural activity, not just neuronal growth factors alone. Chemical neurotransmitters relay, amplify and modulate signals between… Read More

Why depression medication fails to work for some patients

Depressed people are known to have fewer of the ‘feel-good’ receptors for serotonin. Jon-Kar Zubieta, MD, PhD, University of Michigan, reports that depression is rooted in genetic and molecular factors and are unique for each individual. Using PET (positron emission tomography) scans, Zubieta studied patients who met the criteria for major depression, but had not… 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

Fibromyalgia Pain Management

Fibromyalgia pain can cause severe pain, which makes it difficult for a person with the disease to think clearly. For some, fibromyalgia pain can become so intense that it is a struggle just to get through the day. Often the worst days are referred to as fibromyalgia fog and it is advised that fibromyalgia patients prepare… Read More

Long-Term disability Iraq’s hidden cost

Economists tabulate the $450 billion spent on the Iraq-Afghanistan war is a drop in the bucket when compared to the cost of long-term cost for veterans’ care… Read More