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Bad faith insurance companies

Fight Bad-faith Insurance Companies (FBIC) is an excellent site on getting the low-down on your insurance company. In previous posts it has been mentioned that there are no Federal or State laws that specifically regulate insurance policies. Sure, there are rules and regulations on how insurance companies conduct business, but when it comes to how… Read More

Who wins social security benefits and who doesn’t

Don't give up on your disability claim. Of those declined better than half eventually receive benefits. It usually isn't an easy path to approval since 70% are initially denied. Of those who are denied and file for reconsideration 84% are denied. Of that 84% who pursue their claim and request a hearing about 50% win… Read More

New clues on proteins that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease

Over the past few years scientists have identified genes that are suspected in the development of Alzheimer's disease. They are just beginning to piece together what Alzheimer's related proteins do in the cell, and how they contribute to the development of the disease. Lawrence Godstein, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and colleagues at the University of… Read More

Iraq contractors denied mental health benefits

A Los Angeles Times investigation reports that U.S. contractors working in Iraq and Afghanistan are often denied psychological injuries, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Insurance companies fight psychological disability claims by calling into question the expertise of doctors who make such a diagnosis. An insurance psychiatrist specializing in pharmacological research denies psychology as "baloney." A… Read More

Smoking may lead to depression

For years tobacco company advertisements suggested that smoking would help a person to relax. Now researchers suggest that smoking will also increase a person for the risk of depression. Almudena Sánchez-Villegas, professor, University of Navarra, based his research on a 6 year study of 8,556 university graduates (average age of 42)  over a 6 year period… Read More

Deep massage can damage nerves

Researchers at the Arizona May Clinic have found that excessive focal pressure to the neck and shoulder area can damage the spinal accessory nerve, which was not previously recognized as a cause of injury to the nerve. The spinal accessory nerve is a small nerve traveling in the back side of the upper shoulder area… Read More

Alzheimer’s disease skin patch treatment FDA approved

Pharmaceutical company, Novartis, has the first FDA approved patch for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The advantage of a patch is that medication is released on a more consistent basis than when the medication is given orally. Because the medication is absorbed through the skin, and enters the blood stream directly, the patient's tolerability is… Read More

Is Alzheimer’s disease a question of genes?

Alzheimer's disease researchers see the search for the gene responsible for the disease akin to the quest for the Holy Grail. Shirley E. Poduslo, PhD, neuroscientist, Medical College of Georgia Schools of Medicine and Graduate Studies, studied the genetic profile of 2 large Georgia families with high rates of late-onset Alzheimer's disease. Poduslo was shocked when… Read More

Fibromyalgia could be alleviated with cortisol treatments

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are debilitating diseases with no known cause and both with limited treatments for the symptoms and nothing for the underlying cause. Kent Holtorf, MD, medical director, Holtorf Medical Group Center for Endocrine, Neurological and Infection related illness, Torrance, Calif., reports that after a comprehensive literature study that the majority… Read More

High levels of DHA may help to ward off dementia

Recent studies suggest that high levels of DHA (omega-3 fatty acids) indicate that it may help in warding off Alzheimer's disease. Those with high levels of DHA were about half as likely to develop dementia as those who had lower levels. The prestigious Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center plans to conduct a nationwide study where… Read More

Alzheimer’s more likely when both parents have the disease

The leading cause of cognitive impairment in the U.S. elderly is Alzheimer's disease. Because it is so common it is not unusual for both parents to develop the disease and presumably their offspring would be more likely to carry any genes associated with Alzheimer's disease. Suman Jayadev, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, and co-researchers, studied 111… Read More

IMS used to control chronic pain

Dr. Chan Gunn has been using a treatment called Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) for the relief of chronic pain for 35 years. IMS can be thought of as an advanced form of acupuncture that requires a medical examination and diagnosis before treatment begins. He developed his treatment of IMS from his unique understanding of both Eastern and… Read More