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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

Pain Patch Recall

The Fentanyl pain patch has been recalled. The patch in question is the 25-microgram-per-hour patch with an expiration dates on or before December 2009. Currently it is a voluntary recall. Fentanyl is powerful narcotic that is opium derived and nearly 100 times stronger than morphine. Of the four main types of fentanyl in use today… Read More

Rheumatoid arthritis benefits by gluten-free vegan diet

Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with an increased risk of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and cardiovascular diseases. The causes are unknown, but the disturbed balance of blood fats may be part of the explanation. Johan Frostegård, professor, Karolinska Institute, found that a gluten-free vegan diet reduces cardiovascular risk in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Participants in the… Read More

Fibromyalgia pain associated with specific brain molecule

Fibromyalgia patients frequently find their way to the doctor’s office because of unexplained pain in their neck, shoulder, and/or back. The cause for the chronic pain has baffled the medical profession for decades; often resulting in a diagnosis that the brain in in the patients head. Richard E. Harris, PhD, research assistant professor, Division of… Read More

Military lawyer feels soliders are being denied benefits unfairly

A Fayetteville, NC solider wins VA health-care benefitsafter fighting years to receive them. The first ruling was before the Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal came to light. The favorable ruling came in the wake of the scandal and his attorney, Mark Waple, feels that it is not a coincidence that the favorable ruling came… Read More

Old drug may offer new and safe treatment for Alzheimer’s

There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. A great deal of research is driven with the goal to slow down the disease’s progress and a Weill Cornell team believe they have found a novel approach. What makes the Weill Cornell’s researchers approach unique is that it involves a drug that has been used for… Read More

VA accused of retaliation in PTSD case

Keith Roberts is a Vietnam era Vet who suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after witnessing a fellow airman crash to his death. Roberts was eventually given VA benefits for his PTSD, but when he insisted on back pay for the benefits he was accused of fraud and sentenced to 48 months in prison. He… 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

Breakthrough skin patch for Parkinson’s disease

The FDA approved the use of the Neupro patch this past May. It will be coming to a physician’s office near you. The Neupro patch delivers the drug rotigotine,which helps the brain produce dopamine, which is naturally produced in a healthy brain and lacking when Parkinson’s disease is present. Dr. Joseph Jankovic, Baylor professor of… Read More

Dementia risk reduced by long-term use of beta carotene

Brigham and Women’s Hospital has released the results of a long-term study involving the effects of beta carotene supplement on dementia. Beta carotene is thought to help fight cellular damage from oxidative stress, which is a major factor in cognitive decline. Although, there was evidence that an antioxidant, like beta carotene, might help preserve cognition previous studies… 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

Fibromyalgia + Chronic Pain = Ayurveda Solution

Ayurveda is an ancient approach to well being through diet, exercise, and mind. Although few in the west are familiar with Ayurveda it has been a major movement for thousands of years in India. Experts in Ayurveda see diet as the cornerstone for managing fibromyalgia. They claim fibromyalgia patients are under increased oxidative stress and… Read More