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Advanced dementia patients and antibiotic use

At the end of the lives of the more than 5 million Americans with dementia approximately 70% of them will live in nursing homes. Common among these patients are recurrent infections and fever. Erika D'Agata, M.D., M.P.H., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, studied 214 residents in 21 nursing homes with advanced… Read More

Gene mutation linked to Parkinson’s

Researchers at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain decided to see if there was a genetic link to Parkinson's disease that thus far has been unrecognized. They determined the best approach was to focus on the GBA gene. Mutations of this gene had been identified as the cause for Gaucher's disease… Read More

IMS used to control chronic pain

Dr. Chan Gunn has been using a treatment called Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) for the relief of chronic pain for 35 years. IMS can be thought of as an advanced form of acupuncture that requires a medical examination and diagnosis before treatment begins. He developed his treatment of IMS from his unique understanding of both Eastern and… Read More

Alzheimer’s risks differs by sex

Men and women differ on their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. French researchers studied nearly 7,000 people over 65 years from the general population of 3 French cities. None of the subjects had dementia, but 4 out of 10 had mild cognitive impairment at the onset of the study. At 2 and 4 years the… Read More

When to appeal SSDI denial and when to open a new claim

Statistically when applying for SSDI benefits chances are you will be denied. A denial leaves you with three choices: Accept the denial and forget it. Appeal the denial. Make a fresh application. The first consideration is why you were denied. If it was for a technical reason, like you are still working and making too… 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

Spinal cord injuries can benefit from intensive training

Spinal cord injuries can cause some people to take very desperate steps, like going to other countries, to receive stem cell transplants. Most of these approaches are often not controlled trials and the patient undergoes a lot of risk and expense. Researcher, Karim Fouad, University of Alberta, Edmonton, reports in an article recently published in the journal… Read More

The chronic fatigue syndrome gut link

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients fall into the group of diseases that doctors debate are imagined in the patient's mind or something that is biological in nature. The debate stirs because there is not a definitive test, like a blood test, to show that chronic fatigue syndrome exists. Common among chronic fatigue syndrome patients is intermittent or persistent… 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

Patients with arthritis and diabetes caught in a conundrum

Arthritis affects 21% of the population and the most common cause of disability in the United States. Diabetes affects 7% of the American population--nearly a third unaware that they have the disease. Patients with both arthritis and diabetes are caught in a conundrum. Physical activity is painful, yet their diabetes improves with physical activity. According… Read More

New non-invasive method to observe memory cells forming

Just a few years ago most scientists believed that the human adult does not produce new brain cells. What is now known is, yes, adults do generate new brain cells and that the area of the brain that creates the new cells is called the hippocampus. (The hippocampus plays a part in memory and spatial… Read More

World Fibromyalgia Day – May 12, 2008

Heanne Hambleton lives in England and has found what so many other Fibromyalgia patients have experienced world wide--that it is difficult for friends, family, and neighbors to understand and appreciate the pain and suffering. It is sometimes difficult to comprehend how someone can look so normal, but be in constant pain. In a recent post… Read More