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How you can unwittingly help disability insurance companies deny your claim

You have probably seen surveillance footage of a fraudulent disability insurance claimant who claims to have a bad back, but is caught on camera lifting a heavy carton. What the cameras do not show is the legitimate disability claimant who is denied benefits by their insurance company. Unless you know someone personally who has been… Read More

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

Swedish man gets disability benefits for addiction to heavy metal music

Roger Tullgren, 42, loves his heavy metal music. Last year he attended nearly 300 concerts. He missed so much work that he was unemployable. When occupational psychologists counseled him they offered a solution---to classify his heavy metal music addiction as a disability, which gives him a wage supplement. Since qualifying for disability he has been… Read More

Industrial chemical linked to parkinson’s disease symptoms

While conducting a clinical study on Parkinson's disease researchers came across a participant who felt strongly that his condition was the result of exposure to tricholoraethylene (TCE). Further research involving co-workers of the original participant suggest that there is a connection. Don M. Gash and John T. Slevin, University of Kentucky--Lexington, studied the group of… Read More

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s connection found in immediate family members

Mayo Clinic researchers have found Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease patients more likely to be immediate blood relatives. Several intriguing leads prompted the researchers to hypothesize the connection of immediate family member's susceptibility factors for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. What is particularly significant about this Mayo's study is that previous studies done to assess the Parkinson's and… Read More

Cymbalta used to treat fibromyalgia pain

CNN Money recently ran a Dow Jones Newswire story about Eli Lilly's recent study using Cymbalta for reducing pain in fibromyalgia patients.* Eli Lilly's study claims that after one week fibromyalgia patients using Cymbalta had less pain than the control group taking a placebo. After three months, fibromyalgia patients receiving Cymbalta experienced significantly greater reduction in… Read More

Fibromyalgia seen as a potential $2 billion market

Currently, over 20 drugs are in development for the treatment of fibromyalgia. That number is expected to grow in the next year. At present, the only drug to be approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia, by the FDA, is Lyrica. Sales of Lyrica are expected to reach $641 million in 2016 according the business forecasting… Read More

Military denies benefits based on genetics

Karen Kaplan's August 18, Los Angeles Times article, U.S. military practices genetic discrimination in denying benefits, tells how the U.S. Military denies disability benefits to both active and veteran military personnel. The problem began in 1999, when the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) decided that soldiers with a genetic predisposition for a disease will be denied benefits for… Read More

Available clinical trials

Spine-health.com provides a valuable resource of sponsored clinical trials… Read More

Alzheimer’s patients may benefit from apple juice

Alzheimer's disease is thought to be caused by neurotoxicity. Cornell University researchers report in the Journal of Food Science, that apples, bananas, and oranges may provide more than just vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The researchers found that juice extracts from those fruits also have protective antioxidants, called phenolic phytochemicals, that prevents neurotoxicity. A key benefit… Read More

Mad Cow may lead to Alzheimer’s disease solution

BBC--Health, reports that the proteins that cause mad cow disease may also protect against Alzheimer's disease. These proteins are called prions. The protein responsible for mad cow is a prion protein. Prions are naturally present in the brain. Some are good, others, like the mad cow prion protein, have devastating effects. Laboratory tests reveal that… Read More

PTSD and why some people are more vulnerable

Why are some people better at handling stress than others? This is a question that the National Institutes of Health's Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded research project wanted to find out. The researchers already knew that a protein in the brain, called BDNF, was involved with mice that are vulnerable to stress and they also knew… Read More