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Video discussing A-beta and Alzheimer’s gene

ScienCentralNews and Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern present a short video (1:28) explaining what research is being done to determine whether beta-amyloid plaque, found in Alzheimer's patients, is a cause or symptom of the disease. If it is determined whether the plaque is a by-product or the cause, then there is a good chance… Read More

Rheumatoid arthritis medications most effective when combined

A new report funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), compares the benefits and harms of 3 classes of medications: Synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), which includes hydroxychloroquine, leflunomide, methotrexate, and sulfasalzine. Biologic DMARDs, which inclues abatacept, adalimumab, anakinra, etanercept, infliximab, and rituximab. And corticosteroids, including drugs such as predinsone. The report… Read More

Type 2 diabetes self-monitoring may be counterproductive

Worldwide one in twenty people have diabetes. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes accounting for an estimated 85-95% of all diabetes cases. Traditionally, self-monitoring of blood glucose levels for type 1 and type 2 diabetes who use insulin to treat their condition is recommended. What is in question is if type 2… Read More

VA accused of retaliation in PTSD case

Keith Roberts is a Vietnam era Vet who suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after witnessing a fellow airman crash to his death. Roberts was eventually given VA benefits for his PTSD, but when he insisted on back pay for the benefits he was accused of fraud and sentenced to 48 months in prison. He… Read More

Researchers identify new approach to identify Alzheimer’s

When it comes to memory processing, scientists have been able to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to observe changes in the brain. Previously, researchers observed the medial temporal lobe (MTL) portion of the brain as it activated during memory task. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center set out to identify brain regions related to memory and… Read More

Children of Bipolar parent(s) at risk for developing emotional issues

Parents who have bipolar disorder face more increased challenges than those parents who do not have the disorder. As a parent they have to contend with their mood and behavior instability, impulsivity and anger problems, all of which lead to parenting difficulties. The difficulties for bipolar parents are that dealing with their children often increases the… Read More

Rheumatoid arthritis risk may be reduced in women who breastfeed

Over the past few years rheumatoid arthritis researchers have noticed decline in reporting of women with the disease. In an article published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases a study reports that researchers compared 136 women with rheumatoid arthritis with 544 women of a similar age without the disease. They found that those who had… Read More

Optimism is in the mind and photos prove it

Most people instinctively know that a positive outlook on life improves both physical and mental health, while a pessimistic view of life, on the other hand, relates frequently with depressive symptoms. What New York University researchers wanted to understand is if an optimistic attitude can be linked to the same brain regions that show irregularities… Read More

Back pain may be relative

Traditional thinking has been that degenerative discs were primarily the result of handling heavy materials, postural loading, and vehicular vibration. There is now evidence that challenges that traditional thinking. Michele Crites-Battié, faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, studied 147 pairs of identical twins, and 153 pairs of fraternal male twins, to determine what role occupational… Read More

NIH addresses chronic pain

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) consists of numerous institutes that address a variety of medical issues. Often the addressed diseases and conditions deal with chronic pain and the NIH has prepared information to address those issues at a variety of web sites. Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis of the Knee Acupuncture for Fibroymyalgia Arthritis Information Arthritis… 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

Is insomnia the result or cause of fibromyalgia?

Traditional thinking has been that the lack of sleep is the result of fibromyalgia. Now some physicians are looking at it as the cause instead of the result. Some doctors suspect that fibromyalgia is the result of low levels of progesterone, which causes insomnia, and in turn causes fibromyalgia. The connection is that deep sleep… Read More