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2 arthritis related genes discovered

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an inflammatory arthritis disease that strikes patients in their teens, 20s, or 30s. It can cause a complete fusion of the spine, leaving patients unable to straighten and bend. For the past 30 years the only screening test for AS was the gene HLA-B27, then only 40% of the time AS cases… Read More

Diabetes may be related to upper GI issue

Often Type 2 diabetes is related to excess weight in the belly. Researchers recognized that obese individuals with Type 2 diabetes who had their stomach size restricted (i.e. gastric banding) also had an improvement of their diabetes. Francesco Rubino, MD, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, decided to see what effect gastrointestinal bypass… Read More

Reiki, an alternative approach to fibromyalgia

How or why Reiki works is difficult for the Western layman to comprehend. For whatever reason it does works...for some. It is healing through touch and uses methods that are more common in Eastern healing practices. The practice has been used for thousands of years and is said to restore a person's energy levels… 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

Univ. of Michigan sees hope for fibromyalgia patients

A University of Michigan reportsays that fibromyalgia pain is from an imbalance between the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. Although there are currently no FDA approved drugs to combat the condition's symptoms it is likely that three or four drugs will be approved within three years that specifically address the issue… Read More

Cato Institute argues for free market health insurance

Michael D. Tanner, director of health and welfare studies, and Michael F. Cannon, director of policy studies, are co-authors of Health Competition: What's Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It. The authors put forth the argument that universal health care is not the answer because it misrepresents what it is and who it… Read More

Another Side to LTD

LTD Benefit Person, Thank you for sharing your experience from working within an insurance company that sells LTD. It is interesting that you never mentioned ERISA, which is the Federal laws governing LTD. What ERISA allows insurance companies to behave in a capricious manner mainly because when there is malfeasance by the insurance company the… Read More

Alzheimer’s test may become part of the routine checkup

The earlier Alzheimer's disease is detected the more benefit a patient will gain from available treatments. Unfortunately, it isn't until overt signs of a decline in cognitive ability, that threaten a person's well being, is the individual brought into a clinic for testing. Testing for early signs of Alzheimer's usually require assessing the person's cognitive ability. The… Read More

Bad Faith Long Term Disability

by "One who wants to see laws change”  The worst insurance policy to have is a long-term disability (LTD) policy because it usually falls under the guidelines of Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). If you make a claim on an ERISA covered LTD policy and have been denied benefits, you will be unlikely to… Read More

The mysteries of Parkinson’s disease

Voice of America (VOA) has an audio story that provides a brief overview of the history of Parkinson's disease.  Starting with when the symptoms where first noted by British physician, James Parkinson, in 1817, to researcher's discovery in the 1960's that Parkinson's patients manifested changes in their brain structure, then, how drugs were soon developed to treat the… Read More

PTSD may indicate long-term health problems

An elevated level of a white blood cell count can indicate a major infection or a serious blood disorder such as leukemia. Now it is thought that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be just as good of an indicator of a person's long term health status. Joseph Boscarino, PhD, MPH, Geisinger Senior Investigator, examined the… 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