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Gene mutation linked to Parkinson’s

Researchers at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain decided to see if there was a genetic link to Parkinson’s disease that thus far has been unrecognized. They determined the best approach was to focus on the GBA gene. Mutations of this gene had been identified as the cause for Gaucher’s disease… Read More

Alzheimer’s risk increases with frequent depressive symptoms

Recent studies have linked depression with Alzheimer’s disease. The question is if the depression is a result of the Alzheimer’s or a the cause of it. Robert S. Wilson, PhD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, and colleagues studied 917 older Catholic nuns, priests, and monks–all of which were free from signs of dementia. At the beginning… Read More

Emu oil used for pain relief by fibromyalgia patients

This July, Claudia Craig Marek, M.A. will present, Emu Oil in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia & Vulvodynia, to medical professionals in conjunction with the American Emu Association’s national convention. Marek is author of, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia, and president of the non-profit, Fibromyalgia Treatment Center, based in Los Angeles. She… 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

Back pain not always prevented by heavy lifting instructions

Typically in an adult’s life they are likely to experience back pain as a result of lifting heavy objects. Employers often train employees on the correct method for heavy lifting. Niels Wedderkoop, Associate Professor, in a recent article published in the British Medical Association (BMA) journal evaluated 11 studies dealing with workers who experience strain on the back… 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

Connecting the dots between type 2 diabetes and antidepressants

A researcher at the University of Alberta was analyzing data from a Saskatchewan health database when she started to connect the dots between antidepressants and type 2 diabetes. Lauren Brown, researcher, University of Alberta, studied the medical history of 2,400 people diagnosed with depression. She divided the people who were using antidepressants into one of… Read More

Bush’s strike two against stem cell research

UPI reports that President Bush veteos stem cell research bill passed by Congress. According to the White House, Bush vetoed the, “Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007” to maintain the current delicate balance of the nation’s stem-cell research policy. Bush said, “Compelling American taxpayers to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos would be… Read More

NSAIDs may not help prevent Alzheimer’s

Recently there have been reports that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have shown a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Principally, the NSAID drugs naproxen and celecoxib have been cited as improving cognitive function in older adults with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Disease Anti-Inflammatory Prevention Trial (ADAPT) Research Group studied 2,117 individuals, 70… Read More

Suspected Alzheimer’s gene found

First reported this past April by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and as an article in the Lancet Neurology, researchers have used brain imaging to find that an area associated with Alzheimer’s disease is thinner in certain individuals with the ApoE gene. It is not clear if the ApoE gene is a precursor that indicates an… 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

Gene partially responsible for ALS identified

In 1993 researchers identified “superoxide dismutase” as the cause for sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease and affects motor neurons that leads to paralysis and death within 1-5 years. Doctors Guy Rouleau, Edor Kabashi, Paul Valdmanis, all of Research Centre of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de… Read More