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Anxiety disorder: Zoloft vs. THC

The chances that anxiety disorder medication will help a patient is about as good as calling heads on a coin toss--and there is no way to determine who will benefit from medication and who will not. K. Luan Phan, MD, University of Chicago, and colleagues, gave volunteers either a placebo or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)--the active ingredient… Read More

Targeting problematic proteins in fight against Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's disease is thought to be connected with neurons in the memory center of the brain that are choked as a result of the buildup of two types of proteins: tau protein, which turns destructive when aberrant forms of the  protein form fibrous tangles, and amyloid beta, which produces an amyloid plaque. The NYU Medical Center researchers focused their attention on… Read More

Antidepressant hormone could be used as treatment

Depression is often thought to be a problem with brain chemistry, although recent evidence suggest that it may also be a structural problem with cells not regenerating as fast as normal. One possible reason for the lack of regeneration by the cells is from the toxic effects of stress and stress hormones. Researcher, Kamillla Miskowiak… Read More

Diabetics have double the risk for heart disease

Health practitioners have been warning patients the 'lower the better' for cholesterol and blood pressure in order to reduce the risk of a heart attack. Now there is evidence that patients with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes practitioners should add 'the sooner, the better' for prevention of cardiovascular disease. Tina Ken Schramm, MD… Read More

Type 2 diabetes self-monitoring may be counterproductive

Worldwide one in twenty people have diabetes. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes accounting for an estimated 85-95% of all diabetes cases. Traditionally, self-monitoring of blood glucose levels for type 1 and type 2 diabetes who use insulin to treat their condition is recommended. What is in question is if type 2… Read More

Scientist mystified by Parkinson’s disease and non-smokers

In a Science News summary of a July Archives of Neurology article there appears to be a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease among non-smokers. In a study of 12,000 people, it was found that heavy lifetime smokers had the lowest risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is fairly rare in the U.S. When… Read More

Pain relief from oral spray

The tug-of-war between advocates for the use of medicinal cannabis and politicians who see it as a slippery slope, that ultimately leads to the legalization of marijuana, now have Sativex® that promises to heat up the discussion. The medication has shown to be effective in the treatment of pain in cases where conventional opioid medications… Read More

Benefits of relaxation

The Mayo Clinic thinks 'refueling through relaxation' needs to be near the top of your to-do list. As far as the Mayo Clinic is concerned, relaxation is a vital process that decreases wear and tear on the mind and body. Relaxation can reduce the heart rate, lower blood pressure, increase blood flow to major muscles, reduce… Read More

Link found between Parkinson’s disease and ovary removal

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester have found a link between a premenopausal women having one or both ovaries removed increases the risk of developing both Parkinson's disease and dementia. The study included over 4,600 women. Approximately half of the women had at least one ovary removed before the onset of menopause and the other half were… Read More

Anesthesia with low oxygen levels linked to Alzheimer’s protein

Every year over 200 million are anesthetized while undergoing surgery. A concern has been if the widely used anesthetic desflurane contributes to increased production of amyloid-beta protein (an indicator of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers Bin Zhang, Yuanlin Dong, Rudolph Tanzi, Zhongcong Xie, Genetics and Aging Research Unit, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical… Read More

Hope for the disabled with student loans

The burden of keeping up with student loan payments can be bad enough when you are able bodied, but when disabled they can become the tipping point for the collapse of a house-of-cards. There is a provision in Federal regulations that can help disabled individuals saddled with student loan debt(s). To get things rolling your… Read More

ALS – Alzheimer’s – MS may be result of ‘leaky’ spinal blood vessels

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, may be caused by leaky blood vessels that lose their ability to protect the spinal cord from toxins. Berislav Zlokovic, MD, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center, has developed over the last 15 years a view that the vascular system plays a central role in… Read More

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