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Bipolar I Disorder fact sheet

The Internet Mental Health web site is an excellent resource for information on Bipolar I disorder, which primarily effects young adults to adults (14-44 years-old). It is the 6th leading disability in the developed world. Left untreated a typical Bipolar I patient will experience from 8 to 10 episodes of mania and depression in a… Read More

Death By Prescription

Death by Prescription, by Ray D. Strand M.D., tells how Americans were once protected by the Federal Drug Administration, which now acts more like an advocate for the pharmaceutical companies than a guardian for the general public.  There was a time when Americans could feel protected by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). It was a time when only 3-4%… Read More

Blueberry thrill for those getting over the hill

Research indicates that a diet rich in blueberries is also rich in antioxidants. The animal study tested diets of blueberry, strawberry, and spinach extracts. Those rats given the blueberries were given what they needed to surpass the other rats. It is believed that the antioxidants in blueberries are what protected them against oxidative stress in… 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

Diabetes complications reduced by compound found in grape skins

Diabetes patients have a high production of glucose, which can cause cellular damage to blood vessels. Matt Whiteman, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science, Peninsula Medical School, South West of England has found that resveratrol, a compound naturally found in grape skin, can protect against cellular damage to blood vessels caused by… Read More

Cigna Long Term Disability

My husband has had Crohn's disease for over 25 years. About 2 1/2 years he developed a rare disease called Pyoderma Gangrenosum. The best way of describing it is incurable ulcers that eat down to his tendon. It is systemic and chronic like Crohn's. Mike has not responded to the medicines that are available. The… Read More

Origins of the National Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association

Al Pridgeon was in his late forties and had worked all of his adult life. He was married, had children, and tragically an early onset of Alzheimer's disease. Because he had quit his job, Al was not eligible for disability insurance. Al's wife, Hilda, had gone back to work when his strange symptoms first manifested… Read More

Widely-used numeric rating for pain found to be flawed

A common practice among health-care professionals is to determine the severity of a patient's pain by asking them to rate their pain from 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain). It's a quick and easy way, but research indicates it may not be reliable. Until now no one has bothered to evaluate the accuracy of… Read More

20% of returning deployed soldiers suffer PTSD or major depression

In the first analysis of its kind to study military service personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the RAND Corporation has found: Nearly 20% of returning Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers (300K) report PTSD or major depression. Many service members failed to report PTSD or major depression fearing it would damage their career. Service members fail to… Read More

Parkinson’s dyskinesias has new hopeful treatment

A characteristic often associated with Parkinson's disease is dyskinesias, which is a spastic (or repetitive) motion. Dyskinesia is sometimes caused by the long-term use of medication to help control the disease like levodopa, or L-dopa. The drug dextromethorphan is currently used to treat dyskinesias. Dextromethorphan is a drug used in to suppress coughs in cold and flu… Read More

Daily pain diary – free download

Help yourself (and your health care provider) to better understand your pain cycles and what treatment works and what treatment does not. Free PDF download… Read More

Alzheimer’s risk may not be reduced by statin use

Hope was recently given to users of cholesterol lowering drugs known as statins because the suggestion was that the drug there were taking would help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. A new study involving 929 Catholic clergy members, with an average age of 75-years, challenges those findings. At the beginning of the study all 929 participants… Read More