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Painkiller abuse less than 3% in chronic pain patients

Strict government oversite of opioid medications force physicians to balance the needs of their patients with demands from the government for better control of opioid medications. Fifty years ago cancer patients were denied opioids for their pain because of possible addiction. Srinivasa Raja, MD, professor of anesthesiology, Johns Hopkins University Medical School, reports that less than… Read More

Two separate rheumatoid arthritis research groups have similar results

Researchers seek to identify the genes that make us susceptible to disease and illness. In two independent research projects, that searched the entire human genome for variants that increase risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), had remarkably similar results. The research was conducted at the Broad Institute of Harvard, in association with, Brigham and Woman's Hospital in the… Read More

Gateway site to Orthopedic sites

Internet Society of Orthopaedic Surgery & Trauma. Good resource for Orthopedic information including: news, forums, articles, patient education, etc… Read More

Diabetes medication may slow coronary plaque build-up

Approximately 75% of patients with diabetes die from cardiovascular disease. Determining the optimal treatment for diabetes patients with coronary artery disease is the subject of a recent JAMA article. Steven E. Nissen, MD, Cleveland Clinic, and colleagues, compared the effectiveness of two alternative approaches for treating hyperglycemia, an insulin-providing strategy (glimepiride) versus an insulin-sensitizing strategy… Read More

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

Widely-used numeric rating for pain found to be flawed

A common practice among health-care professionals is to determine the severity of a patient's pain by asking them to rate their pain from 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain). It's a quick and easy way, but research indicates it may not be reliable. Until now no one has bothered to evaluate the accuracy of… Read More

Fibromyalgia chronic pain may be due to constricted muscles

It is difficult to discuss Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) without chronic pain entering the discussion. There are a lot of theories about what causes the pain and just as many theories that purport to offer a treatment to alleviate it. Yale researchers believe that they may know what causes fibromyalgia patients to experience chronic pain. They… Read More

Secrets about Social Security & SSI benefits

With or without an advocate applying for social security disability and SSI benefits is time consuming and likely to result in a claim denial. This site's goal is to educate the consumer about the system and what actions to take when a claim is denied… Read More

Key theme to keep stem cells in primitive state found

The Canadian scientists were like salmon swimming up the proverbial gene pool looking for the key to unlock a stem cell's state. They believe that they have discovered it in a gene with a name that looks a lot like a calendar date---Oct4. What is still emerging from this research is how stem cells format… Read More

FDA places gene therapy clinical trial on hold after woman’s death

Sadly, a Seattle patient, who was part of a gene therapy clinical trial for inflammatory arthritis, died unexpectedly. As a result the FDA called a halt to the clinical trial. The company conducting the clinical trial, Targeted Genetics, notified the FDA when the patient died. The clinical trial will remain on hold until the cause… Read More

PTSD likelihood reduced with certain brain injuries

In previous studies post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) had been associated with changes in brain activity. However, none of those studies were able to determine whether the changes were contributing or merely a result of PTSD. Senior investigator Jordan Grafman, Ph.D., National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of NIH, used the Vietnam Head… Read More

A gene found to be common among Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus patients

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Lupus have long been suspected to have a common genetic component. Narrowing the field of possibilities to just one likely candidate has taken researchers years to accomplish. The suspected gene is STAT4, but it is too early to tell what impact it will have in therapy for both diseases. This is… Read More

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