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NIMH provides information about depression

Most of the 18.8 million American adults who suffer from a depressive illness every year do not seek treatment. Depression often interferes with a person's day-to-day behavior as well as jeopardizing the relationships with those who are close to them. Serious depression can destroy a family as well as the depressed person. Much of a… Read More

Clinical trial listings provided by government web site

ClinicalTrials.gov provides updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research seeking human volunteers. Information provided includes the trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers. Always consult your physician before pursuing involvement with a clinical trial… Read More

Artificial disc provides faster healing and less pain

This past July, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first artificial neck disc. The traditional treatment for cervical degenerative disc disease (DDD) is to remove the diseased disc in a patient's neck and then fuse two or more bony vertebrae. Degenerative disc disease is a normal part of aging and occurs when our intervertebral… Read More

Forum for people with neurological disorders and diseases

NeuroTalk Communities is a great place to learn (and share) neurological issues. Forums include: allergies, ALS, alzheimer, aneurysm, arthritis, autism, autoimmune diseases, cerebral palsy, children's health, chronic pain, diabetes, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, gluten sensitivity, headache, hydrocephalus, and lyme disease… Read More

Is isradipine the treatment for Parkinson’s disease?

Isradipine, a blood pressure medication, has been found to slow and possibly even stop the progression of the fatal Parkinson's disease. Professor D. James Surmeier, the lead Northwestern University team researcher, claims Isradipine rejuvenates aging dopamine cells. It is the aging dopamine cells that causes brain cells to die, which result in the symptoms of… Read More

Anti-Depressants & anti-inflammatory drugs can dramatically increase GI bleeding

Emerging evidence has shown that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) used in conjunction with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause bleeding of the lining of the digestive tract including the esophagus, stomach, or upper part of the small intestine--together called the upper gastrointestinal (GI). Researchers pooled data from 4 studies involving 153,000 patients. Patients taking… Read More

Ocean snail venom last resort for chronic pain patients

The good news is that the FDA has given approval for Ziconotide, a venom derived from ocean snails, and marketed under the tradename, Prialt. It is not an opiate and cannot replace opiate pain medications. Its use can be stopped suddenly without experiencing withdrawal effects. The bad news is that Prialt may cause serious mental… Read More

The chronic fatigue & fibromyalgia & hypothyroidism connection

According to Dr. Kellman, nearly half of his chronic fatigue syndrome patients actually suffer from hypothyroidism, which is a gland that helps regulate a person's energy level. He finds that many of the patients also have vitamin C and B-complex deficiencies. Dr. Elizabeth Vliet says that the standard thyroid hormone panel does not usually detect… Read More

Best initial PTSD treatment may be cognitive type therapy

Although post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cannot usually be diagnosed until 4 weeks after a traumatic event, the  symptoms that occur before the end of the 4 week period often become persistent. Arieh Shalev,M.D., Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and founding Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress at Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, wanted… Read More

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

Antidepressant effect faster with ketamine, but there are drawbacks

One of the difficulties in treating depressed patients is that drug treatments can take weeks before the beneficial effects are seen. Sungho Maeng, affiliated with the Laboratory of Molecular Pathophysiology and Experimental Therapeutics, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Health & Human Services, Bethesda… Read More

New approach to using opioids for chronic pain

Until now the medical community's thinking was that it was impossible to use two opioids in combination for chronic pain relief. University of Queensland's Professor Maree Smith found that by lowering the dosage of oxycodone and another opioid, like morphine, below therapeutic doses resulted in the patient having the same, or better, pain relief than… Read More

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