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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

Cloned pigs are key to Alzheimer’s breakthrough

The University of Copenhagen reports that cloned pigs containing genes responsible for Alzheimer's disease will be born in Denmark this August. This landmark event should shorten the path to finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Professor Gabor Vajta, from the Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, claims that there is evidence that the birth of the… Read More

Phone solicitors for the cancer fund

Fortunately, Federal law requires that anyone calling you to sell you something, collect past due payments, or ask for donations, are all required to display Caller Identification (CID). The only real exception is when there is a glitch in the system, and due to no fault of the caller, their CID does not appear. The… 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

Veterans benefits vary by state

The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) has been asked by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help determine why veteran disability compensation payments vary from state to state. The study will continue IDA's seven-year history of providing the VA with analytical analysis and support according to the Spring issue 2006, of IDA Research Notes… Read More

Is fibromyalgia in the body or mind?

In a Rheumatology Journalarticle researchers report on how they measured the blood flow and skin temperature in the area of 5 known tender points of both Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients and a control group without the syndrome. Blood flow was measured using a laser Doppler flowmetry and skin temperature was measured with an infrared thermometer… Read More

New memory formation observed after learning

Gary Lynch, professor of psychiatry and human behavior at UC Irvine, achieved a century-old dream of neuroscientists---to observe changes in brain cell connections following a period of learning. Synaptic connections, critical to learning, were observed to change in rats' brains after they learned to navigate a new, complex environment. A control group of rats were… Read More

A gene-virus combo used to fight Parkinson’s

The Oregon Health & Science University is one of 9 sites in a year long study to determine whether CERE-120 can reduce symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is thought to be caused by the death of nerve cells that produce dopamine. CERE-120 is comprised of both a gene and a virus using a process… Read More

Dementia linked to hypertension and diabetes

Dr. Thomas Montine, University of Washington, autopsied the brains of 3,400 men and women who had experienced cognitive decline and dementia. 45% of the risk for dementia was associated with pathologic changes of Alzheimer's disease. 10% of dementia risk was associated with Lewy bodies (neocortical structural changes that indicate a degenerative brain disease known as… Read More

Back pain not always prevented by heavy lifting instructions

Typically in an adult's life they are likely to experience back pain as a result of lifting heavy objects. Employers often train employees on the correct method for heavy lifting. Niels Wedderkoop, Associate Professor, in a recent article published in the British Medical Association (BMA) journal evaluated 11 studies dealing with workers who experience strain on the back… Read More

Exercising your brain reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Rush University Medical Center's, Rush Memory and Aging Project, reports in the online edition of Neurology, that often older adults who read newspapers, play chess, or engage in other mental stimulating activity reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. They also found visiting a library or attending a play reduces risk of mild cognitive impairment… Read More

Depression factors include both genes and environment

According to stress theories there is a tendency for a person's genetic makeup to predispose them to depression; a negative life experience can trigger a depression. Most studies focus on either the genetics or environment, but not both. Gerald Haeffel, psychologist, University of Notre Dame, decided to investigate whether a gene associated with dopamine interacted with maternal parenting style… Read More