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CDC offers Podcast

Center for Disease Control (CDC) now offers Podcast. For those unfamiliar with Podcast–it allows you to either download selective audio files (and some video files), or to subscribe to selective topics, so they automatically download when new audio programs become available to a software program, such as iTunes (free download). You can then listen to… Read More

Hypertension may play a role in cognitive impairment

High blood pressure, or hypertension, appears to be associated with an increased risk for mild cognitive impairment according to Christiane Reitz, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues at the Columbia University Medical Center, New York. Researchers followed 918 Medicare recipients with an average age of 76.3-years. None of the participants showed signs of cognitive impairment at the beginning… Read More

Media threat brings Veterans relief

he Times-Picayune reports that 24-year-old Marine reservist, Ty Ziegel, lost most of his nose and both ears when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded during his service in Iraq. It wasn’t until his third attempt to obtain the disability benefits he needs to survive that he told his case worker he was considering going to… Read More

2 arthritis related genes discovered

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory arthritis disease that strikes patients in their teens, 20s, or 30s. It can cause a complete fusion of the spine, leaving patients unable to straighten and bend. For the past 30 years the only screening test for AS was the gene HLA-B27, then only 40% of the time AS cases… 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

Dementia gene mutation identified

University of Toronto and an Italian neurogenic center have identified a new gene mutation linked to frontotemporal dementia. Frontotemporal dementia, also known as Pick’s disease, involves a progressive shrinking in the areas of the brain responsible for behavior and language. Often someone developing Pick’s disease will have sudden personality changes, language problems, and inappropriate social… Read More

Preliminary research suggests non-invasive method for detecting Alzheimer’s

Laboratory for Advanced Brain Signal Processing (Japan) has an unique non-invasive approach for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. Using EEG recordings, the researchers tested two groups of subjects. One group has the mild form of Alzheimer’s disease, while the other does not have any cognitive impairment. Both groups are approximately the same age. By comparing test… Read More

Univ. of Michigan sees hope for fibromyalgia patients

A University of Michigan reportsays that fibromyalgia pain is from an imbalance between the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. Although there are currently no FDA approved drugs to combat the condition’s symptoms it is likely that three or four drugs will be approved within three years that specifically address the issue… Read More

Physician challenges study showing link of Parkinson’s and panic disorder

In a letter to The Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, Dr En-King Tan challenges the conclusions of a study that ran recently in the publication. The original study concluded that panic attacks are a helpful tool in the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Dr Tan challenges this assumption because the study lacked longitudinal data. For… Read More

Who wins social security benefits and who doesn’t

Don’t give up on your disability claim. Of those declined better than half eventually receive benefits. It usually isn’t an easy path to approval since 70% are initially denied. Of those who are denied and file for reconsideration 84% are denied. Of that 84% who pursue their claim and request a hearing about 50% win… 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

What you need to know about allergies

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) nearly 50 million Americans suffer from allergies and 17 million have been diagnosed with asthma. The NIAID web site offers excellent information on allergies through a wide offering of fact sheets, brochures, news releases, and a variety of resource links… Read More