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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

Fibromyalgia Frontiers Journal

The National Fibromyalgia Partnership (NFP) offers a quarterly publication that covers the latest news and research on fibromyalgia. Membership is $25 per year (slightly higher if you are outside the U.S.). It is free to access their valuable resource information which includes: books & videos, FM related conditions, men & fibro, children & fibro, and… Read More

VA benefits procedure being reevaluated

Currently the Veterans™ Disability Benefits Commission is in the process of reviewing the benefits provided veterans and their survivors. The commission is consulting with the Institute of Medicine to determine how compensation decisions are made and if it can be done so on a scientific basis… Read More

Chronic pain in the workplace

In 1996 employees who reported chronic pain and continued to work was 19%. In 2006 the rate raised to 26% as reported by Pain And Work and done in partnership with the NationalPainFoundation.org… Read More

California Health Incentives Improvement Project

California, in an effort to assist its disabled residents to improve their situation, created the California Health Incentives Improvement Project (CHIIP). Its goal is to improve self-sufficiency and employment of the disabled. In particular, it wants to improve health care and eliminate personal assistance barriers. In the not too distant past disabled people who wanted… Read More

A lowly transparent worm helps Parkinson’s researchers

The nematode worm is a favorite subject of medical researchers, because they are transparent. They are also small, very small, being made up of fewer than 1,000 cells. Under the microscope, it is possible to observe neurons die in real time in this lowly worm. What makes the nematode worm ideal for Parkinson's disease research… Read More

Hybrid insurance combines long-term-care with life insurance

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 tax laws makes hybrid insurance friendly. The question is if the public will accept this new type of policy. A recent AARP Public Policy Institute paper suggest that hybrid insurance presents a way to achieve partial coverage for certain risks with limited funds… Read More

FDA warns Novartis about Alzheimer’s drug promotional material

Pharmaceutical company, Novartis, produces Exelon that is used in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. A recent Exelon promotional brochure distributed to health-care professionals has caught the eye of the FDA because it is thought to be misleading. The FDA faxed a warning to Novartis that states that Exelon is associated with numerous risks and that Novartis… Read More

Parkinson’s blood test shows promise

Every year an estimated 60,000 new cases of the neurodegenerative disease, Parkinson's, are diagnosed in the U.S. Currently, an estimated 1½ million Americans have Parkinson's disease. Diagnosis of Parkinson's is done solely based on the patient's symptoms. Unfortunately, conditions such as multi-system atrophy or progressive suprancuclear palsy look a lot like Parkinson's. As a result… 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

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

Drug companies declare war on “Sicko”

Release of Michael Moore's, Sicko is a week away and drug companies prepare to counter attack claims made in the film. They feel the American health care system has been unjustly characterized as 'sick.' One issue they have with the film is that Moore doesn't pin down what works and what needs to be improved… Read More

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