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Survey reveals misconceptions about Alzheimer’s

Currently 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease. That number is expected to increase dramatically as Baby-Boomers move into old age. Although research has not been able to find a cure for Alzheimer's, what is known is that treatment is most effective when started in the earliest onset of the disease. Time is truly an… Read More

Alzheimer’s test may become part of the routine checkup

The earlier Alzheimer's disease is detected the more benefit a patient will gain from available treatments. Unfortunately, it isn't until overt signs of a decline in cognitive ability, that threaten a person's well being, is the individual brought into a clinic for testing. Testing for early signs of Alzheimer's usually require assessing the person's cognitive ability. The… Read More

Muscle pain related to specific gene

In developed countries one of the most commonly prescribed medications are statins. A class of cholesterol lowering drugs that includes: Lipitor, Zocor, Pavacol, and Mevacor. The most common side effects of statin drugs is muscle pain and weakness. At the most extreme rhabdomyolysis occurs—severe breakdown of skeletal muscles. At the other end of the spectrum is… Read More

Supreme Court ruling OKs insurance companies to charge more for lower credit ratings & not tell

Two insurance companies, Geico General Insurance Company and Safeco, did not violate the law in failing to notify customers that they were being charged more because of a low credit rating. The unanimous decision says that a company's conduct must be more than "merely careless." Justice David H. Scouter said a company's conduct must entail… Read More

The Journal of Pain

The American Pain Society's journal, The Journal of PAIN, offers the latest news, research, and education on the subject of pain. Registration is required to access all of the features of the web site. Registration is free, article abstracts are free, but there is a fee for the full text of articles. Articles are written… Read More

Serotonin receptors differ in men and women

For reasons still unknown, the brain neurotransmitter serotonin is critical to the development and treatment of depression and chronic anxiety. An even a bigger mystery is why more women than men are affected by depression and chronic anxiety. Hristina Jovanovic, Swedish medical university Karolinska Institute, believes he may be able to show why women are… Read More

Back pain may be relative

Traditional thinking has been that degenerative discs were primarily the result of handling heavy materials, postural loading, and vehicular vibration. There is now evidence that challenges that traditional thinking. Michele Crites-Battié, faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, studied 147 pairs of identical twins, and 153 pairs of fraternal male twins, to determine what role occupational… Read More

Surgical film might replace stitches

Surgical stitches have been in use for the past 4,000 years. Complications can arise from sutures from the invasive stitches/sutures because they can fail to seal the incision fully and sometimes can act as a source of infection. Surgical glues have the advantage of not being invasive, but the gel-like substance that bonds to the… Read More

Dementia and ALS link found in mutated gene

Approximately 30,000 Americans have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative condition often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease. Approximately, 5 to 10 percent of all ALS cases are inherited, the rest are sporadic. Michael Gitcho, PhD, postdoctoral research associate, and Nigel Cairns, PhD, research associate professor of neurology and pathology and immunology, Washington University School… Read More

Fibromyalgia treatments are rated by users

What is the best Fibromyalgia treatment? Vistors rate their experience with a multitude of treatments and medications… Read More

Man files fraudulent disability claim and faces 5 years in prison

Mark M., 36, thought he was going to be able to out-wit a Provident Life and Casualty insurance adjuster. He lied about his medical and psychological history on the disability insurance application. The adjuster became suspicious when he phoned the number Mr. M. provided for his boss and quickly realized that he was really speaking… 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