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“bad faith” – the documentary

Long-Term Disability (LTD) seems like a good idea. After all, 1 out of 3 U.S. workers will require some form of supplemental disability income during their lifetime. Since most workers can only survive 3 months out of work, it makes LTD insurance sound better all the time. At least that is what the insurance companies want… Read More

Novel approach for regenerating nerves

Currently there is no treatment for recovering human nerve function after injury to the brain or spinal cord because central nervous system neurons have a very limited capability of self-repair and regeneration. Regeneration in the central nervous system requires neural activity, not just neuronal growth factors alone. Chemical neurotransmitters relay, amplify and modulate signals between… Read More

Tips for Fibromyalgia patients having elective surgery

The thought of elective surgery for Fibromyalgia patients can be daunting; considering that surgery was often the onset for their developing Fibromyalgia in the first place. The Oregon Fibromyalgia Team offers helpful tips for FMS patients preparing for elective surgery. If an endotracheal tube is anticipated request a soft neck collar. Request that your arm… Read More

New myofascial pain syndrome imaging technique

Myofascial pain and Fibromyalgia are sometimes confused for each other, but the conditions are clinically different. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition typically characterized by widespread pain in muscles, ligaments, and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points. Myofascial pain syndrome, is a more localized pain that is associated with trigger point tenderness. A… Read More

Cognitive problems increased in older patients who undergo surgery

Patients who have elective surgery that requires general anesthesia sometimes experience postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD). For some time, heart surgery patients have been known to be at risk for POCD–problems with memory, concentration , and processing of information. Terri Monk, M.D., anesthesiologist Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Duke University, reports in the January 1… Read More

Fibromyalgia fact sheet from NIAMS

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease (NIAMS) offers basic information about fibromyalgia and the common symptoms. NIAMS is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)… Read More

New guidelines for lower back treatment

After a thorough analysis of published research by investigators at the Oregon Evidence-Based Practice Center at Oregon Health & Science University, the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians are set to issue new treatment guidelines for lower back treatment. With about 1 in 4 Americans experiencing lower back pain at least once… 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

Arthritis research without the use of laboratory animals

At some point, medical research often involves laboratory animals. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Comparative Orthopedic Laboratory have found a way to minimize the use of laboratory animals when it comes to arthritis research. The Mizzou researchers have developed an in vitro model using small sections of joint capsule and cartilage that are typically… 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

Preventing adverse drug reactions in older adults

Drug therapy in older adults often consists of preventing illnesses by decreasing the risks so an illness will never affect them. Several factors should be considered when older adults are prescribed drugs, as reported by Tufts University School of Medicine clinicians in an article recently published in the American Family Physician. An older patient that… 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