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Alzheimer’s test may become part of the routine checkup

The earlier Alzheimer’s disease is detected the more benefit a patient will gain from available treatments. Unfortunately, it isn’t until overt signs of a decline in cognitive ability, that threaten a person’s well being, is the individual brought into a clinic for testing. Testing for early signs of Alzheimer’s usually require assessing the person’s cognitive ability. The… 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

Alzheimer’s disease vaccine shows promise

Researchers have been on a quest to find a vaccine for a Alzheimer’s disease and recent studies suggest that they may be close to a solution and possibly just years away from human testing. William Bowers, associate professor of neurology, microbiology, and immunology, University of Rochester Medical Center, believes he and his co-workers have demonstrated a… Read More

Arthritis research without the use of laboratory animals

At some point, medical research often involves laboratory animals. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Comparative Orthopedic Laboratory have found a way to minimize the use of laboratory animals when it comes to arthritis research. The Mizzou researchers have developed an in vitro model using small sections of joint capsule and cartilage that are typically… Read More

What Pfizer does not want you to know

The Whistleblower, by Peter Rost, M.D., reminds me a lot of those Chinese finger traps you might have played with as kid. You stick a finger in each end of a bamboo woven tube and the harder you struggle to free yourself, the more difficult it is to escape. As adults, we know the secret… 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

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

California disability crack down benefits insurance companies

A recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce study shows that California’s crack down on payments to injured workers has not resulted in lower premiums charged employers. Changes were made to the workers’ comp system in 2003 and 2004 reportedly because of spiraling insurance costs. With lower payouts to injured employees it was hoped that employers’ premiums… Read More

Acupuncture and myofascial-trigger therapy compared

For thousands of years classic Chinese acupuncture treatment has been used to treat pain. Since its development in the 1800s myofascial trigger-point therapy has been used in the western world for pain treatment. A recent May Clinic study surprises practitioners of both systems that they are fundamentally similar despite the differences in approach to treat… Read More

Is insomnia the result or cause of fibromyalgia?

Traditional thinking has been that the lack of sleep is the result of fibromyalgia. Now some physicians are looking at it as the cause instead of the result. Some doctors suspect that fibromyalgia is the result of low levels of progesterone, which causes insomnia, and in turn causes fibromyalgia. The connection is that deep sleep… Read More

SSDI process for psychiatric applicants

In 1996 slightly less than half of all Social Security disability claims were approved. Of the claims that were approved approximately 28% of them were for mental disorders. Every year there is an increasing number of SSDI psychiatric claims. The problem is because few psychiatrists feel competent in making a determination to render a professional… 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