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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

Alzheimer’s vaccine helps little with memory

For some time the Holy Grail of Alzheimer's disease was thought to be a medication to clear beta-amyloid plaques from the brain, but current research suggest that isn't going to be enough. An study by the University of California, Irvine, has been testing an Alzheimer's drug designed to clear the beta-amyloid plaques. Unfortunately, clearing the… Read More

Senator wants adequate funding for SSID

Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) knows the social security system is broken and promises to make things better. His constituents in up-state New York wait an average of 522 days---nearly two years---for social security disability benefits. For someone out-of-work and in desperate need of assistance to just live from day-to-day this is disastrous. The social security… Read More

Parkinson’s risk reduced by over-the-counter pain medication

Parkinson's disease risk may be reduced by regular use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), which includes aspirin and ibuprofen, according to a recent UCLA study. The study comprised of 579 men and women. Half of the group had Parkinson's disease, while the other was free of the disease. For those in the group who took two or more NSAID… Read More

Selling Sickness: How the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies are turning us all into patients

In the 6th grade a group of us decided to play a practical joke on classmate, Tommy. Each of us approached Tommy and while staring at one of his earlobes asked him if he felt okay, because it looked like he had epidermis. His response started out with a healthy, "Yes," but after being asked… Read More

“bad faith” – the documentary

Long-Term Disability (LTD) seems like a good idea. After all, 1 out of 3 U.S. workers will require some form of supplemental disability income during their lifetime. Since most workers can only survive 3 months out of work, it makes LTD insurance sound better all the time. At least that is what the insurance companies want… Read More

Dopamine retention problem possible link to Parkinson’s disease

Neuroscientist researchers at Emory University found that mice with a reduced capacity to store dopamine developed symptoms that mimic Parkinson's disease. The mice had a reduced amount of the gene VMAT2, which caused a loss of dopamine neurons, in addition to many of the other neurochemical features observed in Parkinson's disease patients. The VMAT2 gene… 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

Depressed patients may benefit from music therapy

Approximately, 121 million people world-wide are believed to suffer from depression. An estimated 1 million deaths a year are associated with suicide resulting from depression. Anna Maratos, Arts Therapist, Central and Northwest London Foundation NHS Trust, London, UK, reviewed music therapy studies to determine if depressed patients benefited. After a search she identified 5 studies that met her… Read More

Declining memory linked to lack of imagination

When children imagine their future selves as astronauts, politicians, or superheroes they are using episodic memory. Episodic memory allows individuals to project themselves both backward and forward in subjective time. Creating an imaginary event, known as constructive-episodic-simulation, requires an individual to recall details of a previous experience and to put them together to create the… Read More

Knee pain, possible causes and treatments

Kneecap pain is a common problem and occurs when it is out of alignment. There are several causes for the kneecap, or patella, to become misaligned including: flat feet, weak hip muscles (which cause the femur to move out of its precise alignment), leg length differences, tight muscles on the front and back of the… Read More

Pharmaceutical television advertising minimizes risk information

In 1997, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) changed the advertising rules and allowed pharmaceutical companies to promote their products on television. The FDA included guidelines that required direct-to-consumer advertising to present a fair balance between drug information and its risk. Wendy Macias, associate professor, University of Georgia-Athens, and her team, surveyed pharmaceutical television advertising to… Read More