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Alzheimer’s Association web site

The Alzheimer’s Association provides town hall meetings, action committees, fact sheets, and information on clinical trials… Read More

NIH addresses chronic pain

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) consists of numerous institutes that address a variety of medical issues. Often the addressed diseases and conditions deal with chronic pain and the NIH has prepared information to address those issues at a variety of web sites. Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis of the Knee Acupuncture for Fibroymyalgia Arthritis Information Arthritis… Read More

Gene therapy reduces arthritis pain

New gene therapy procedures improve results over old proceedures that were invasive and often caused nerve damage. The current study was done on genetically engineered mice that develop osteoarthritis–like humans. The new therapy can be injected anywhere in an affected area and the treatment will locate the nerve endings… Read More

Alzheimer’s disease vaccine study

Alzheimer’s disease is one of those diseases that progresses over time. It robs one of their personhood and steals the memories of their lifetime. Estimates for the U.S. are that 4 million people suffer from this disease and that number is expected to double in the next 10 years. Nothing has been found to irradicate… Read More

Alzheimer’s brains found to have high levels of iron

A recent study found that Alzheimer’s patients have an elevated level of magnetic iron oxides in the area of the brain that is affected by the disease. Jon Dobson, professor, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK, looked at the brain tissue from 11 Alzheimer’s disease patients and 11 age-matched control subjects. For the first time it shows… 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

Ethics of pain management

Sandra H. Johnson, JD, offers her viewpoint in her article, Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Pain Management, published in the International Anesthesia Research Society, July 2007. A point that Johnson makes is that pain, without a physical injury, can legally be an injury. The problem is when health care professionals neglect pain patients for fear… Read More

Depression treatments using SSRI and venlafaxine compared

Despite the numerous antidepressant medications available for treatment many depressed patients continue to experience symptoms of depression. Charles B. Nemeroff, affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, and associates, reviewed 34 double-blind randomized controlled trials that compared a single serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), venlafaxine, to other… Read More

Chronic disease linked to food preparation

A Mount Sinai study has linked Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, diabetes, insulin resistance, and inflammation to advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGE naturally occurs highest in animal products that are grilled, fried, or broiled (i.e. meats and cheeses). Researchers are alarmed at how AGE consumption correlates with the current trends of disease epidemics. They understand that the concept of food-related… Read More

Contradiction between 2 diabetes treatment trials

Individuals with type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease–the leading cause of death in people with diabetes. Previous studies suggest that reducing blood sugar levels of type 2 diabetes to comparable levels found in non-diabetic adults may reduce the rate of cardio vascular disease of diabetic patients. Two studies were developed to test… Read More

Alzheimer’s animal model treated with umbilical cord blood cell therapy

Researchers used an unique approach to target immune suppression with human umbilical cord blood cells to improve the pathology and cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease–based on a study involving mice genetically engineered for the neurodegenerative condition. Jun Tan, PhD, MD, and colleagues, performed a series of low-dose infusions of human umbilical cord blood cells… Read More

Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s Foundation

To date, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has funded (or directed) over $92 million in research for better Parkinson’s treatments. The web site contains valuable information on the latest developments in research for Parkinson’s… Read More