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Significant increase of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder

Diagnosis of children with bipolar disorder has increased 4-fold in the past decade. The reason for the increase concerns researchers because it could be the result of one of two things. First, it could be a system correcting itself from a period when many children were under diagnosed. Second, it could be that physicians are misdiagnosing… Read More

Dementia linked to low levels of foliate

Dementia is more likely to occur in those who are older, relatively poorly educated, inactive, and have deposits of the protein ApoE. Researchers now believe the onset of dementia is significantly more likely in those with lower than usual foliate levels. Researchers tracked the development of dementia in 518 people over 2 years (2001-2003). Participants… 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

Early Alzheimer’s identified by binding molecule

Alzheimer's disease researchers are using bio-markers in blood and spinal fluid to provide a real-time observation window into the brain to identify deposits of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, which are considered to be the cause of the disease. Researchers used positron emission tomography (PET) image to locate a small molecule that binds with the abnormal… Read More

Ethics of pain management

Sandra H. Johnson, JD, offers her viewpoint in her article, Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Pain Management, published in the International Anesthesia Research Society, July 2007. A point that Johnson makes is that pain, without a physical injury, can legally be an injury. The problem is when health care professionals neglect pain patients for fear… Read More

Chronic pain for some involve lurking nightmarish memories

Frequently, someone who has suffered a nightmarish injury knows, all too well, that after the physical injuries have healed, the memory traces continue to lurk in the shadows. Researchers tell us that those memory trace shadows exist in the prefrontal cortex of our brain, which controls emotion and learning. A professor of physiology at Northwestern University School of… Read More

Acute lower-back pain sufferers benefit from additional training

Low-back pain is experienced by most adults at one time or another. Over time most people find the pain goes away. However, low-back pain accounts for considerable health care costs and work absenteeism. Dr. Arno Engers, Center for Quality of Care Research, Radboud University Jijmegen Medical Center, Netherlands reviewed 2-dozen studies and found additional individual… Read More

One woman’s struggle to survive fibromyalgia

Lindsay is a blogger who frequently posts about her struggle with Fibromyalgia (FMS). She has been dealing with it for the past decade and only identified it as FMS for the past 5 years. She is the kind of woman who does not accept things at face value. Her inquisitive mind searches for the whys… 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

Caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients expected to increase

There is an estimated 5.7 million Americans who care for an aging relative and also have children under 21 who still live at home; they are termed 'sandwich caregivers'. As baby-boomers age there will be a marked increase of sandwich caregivers. A recent survey of sandwich givers concludes: 70% of sandwich caregivers of Alzheimer's patients said… Read More

Experimental cold laser used for pain therapy

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers the use of cold laser therapy experimental and currently is allowing it to be used in studies for temporary pain relief. It is thought that this type of therapy relieves pain, inflammation, and helps heal wounds. The evidence at this point is far from conclusive. The FDA… Read More

Long-term opioid pain medication users are capable drivers new study suggest

Opioid pain relievers, like morphine, carry warning labels urging patients not to drive or operate heavy machinery while taking the medication. Drivers under the influence of pain drugs are typically subject to the same laws and penalties as people who drink and drive. A study by researchers at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago… Read More