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Chronic back pain associated with brain matter

The mystical leap between the brain and chronic pain conditions remains speculative, according to this November 17, 2004, article in the Journal of Neuroscience. A study of 26 chronic back pain patients (CBP), and an equal number of control subjects, showed a 5-11% loss of neocortical gray matter volume than the control group. A 5-11%… Read More

Chronic pain needs to be considered a disease

The National Center for Health Statistics reports 26% of Americans over the age of 20 have had a problem with pain. According to the Pain Management Research Institute estimate that the treatment for pain cost $1.85 billion per 1 million people. Michael J Counsins AM, MD, DSc, professor and director of the Pain Management Research… Read More

Rheumatoid arthritis early death linked to smoking

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory autoimmune disease. Patients with RA tend to die younger and largely from cardiovascular disease (CVD). A marker of inflammation is an elevation of the C-reactive protein (CRP) and has been shown to predict CVD. Dr. Tracey M. Farragher, University of Manchester, wondered why other inflammatory diseases, like Crohn’s disease… Read More

Change in Alzheimer’s diagnosis proposed

Canada’s CTV reports that Alzheimer’s disease experts recommend a new criteria for establishing the probability of Alzheimer’s disease. They suggest patients demonstrate progressive memory loss over a 6-month period plus one of the following: Atrophy in a particular part of the brain shown by MRI. Abnormal biomarker proteins in the cerebrospinal fluid. A specific pattern… Read More

Seven fired U.S. attorneys and two dead assistants had one thing in common — Medicare fraud

Tom Flocco.comreports that CEO Samuel Lipari, who is suing hospital supply company Novation LLC, claims the seven fired U.S. attorneys, two dead assistants, three assistants who resigned or were fired, and two U.S. attorneys forced out were all investigating Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Jeb Bush, the President’s brother, is on the board of directors for… Read More

Chronic pain and memory connection

University of Toronto’s Dr. Min Zhuo, reports in the July 18th, Journal of Neuroscience, that there appears to be a connection between chronic pain and a patient’s ability to concentrate. Zhuo injected a hind-paw of a mouse to study the spinal column activity to the area of the brain known to be involved in chronic… Read More

Parkinson’s disease can lead to sleepwalking

In the October issue of Archives of Neurology, a physician who treats Parkinson Disease (PD) reports that a few of his patients have begun sleepwalking. For the past 2 years, Dr Rositsa Poryazova has treated 165 PD patients. Adult-onset of sleepwalking was identified in 6 of those patients. There were an equal number of men and… Read More

Alzheimer’s detection improved along with other forms of dementia

Today positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is commonly used to differentiate various forms of dementia. The limitation of PET scans is that it only looks at the surface of the brain, which reduces the accuracy in determining the type of dementia the patient has developed. Lisa Mosconi, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, New York University School… Read More

Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s may be result of a faulty immune system

As a baby’s brain develops it grows neurons and connections. As the child grows the brain begins a process of paring down some of these connections—also known as synapses. It has been a mystery how synapses were flagged for removal. Researcher Ben Barres, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurobiology, feels he has identified the long held mystery… Read More

Genetic test may affect your ability to be insured

The laws vary from state to state. The Federal government has proposed laws, but today nothing is definite. Currently there are no laws that specifically address the issue of an insurance company denying you a policy based on the genetic test results. Your doctor recommends a genetic test to help determine your susceptibility to particular… Read More

Alzheimer’s disease vaccine study

Alzheimer’s disease is one of those diseases that progresses over time. It robs one of their personhood and steals the memories of their lifetime. Estimates for the U.S. are that 4 million people suffer from this disease and that number is expected to double in the next 10 years. Nothing has been found to irradicate… Read More

Boxing trainer fights against Parkinson’s symptoms

The Wild Card Gym is Freddie Roach’s home away from home. His boxing career began in 1978 and extended to 1986. In 1992 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He suspects that he developed Parkinson’s because his fighting style was to get into the ring and really rumble. Roach feels that his Parkinson’s is a… Read More