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Brain stimulation improves cognition

When a person experiences sleep deprivation they also reduce their working memory ability. Working memory is a form of short-term memory that relates to the ability to store task-specific information--like where you parked your car in a huge parking lot. Bruce Luber, Ph.D., instructor clinical psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, studied on… Read More

Alzheimer’s treatment may be counter indicated for other forms of dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe various cognitive degenerative diseases. A common form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. A relatively rare hereditary form of dementia is frontotemporal dementia (FTD) with parkinsonism-17. Both of these forms of dementia share a common pathology--an over accumulation of tau proteins, which form tangled lesions in the brain's neurons… Read More

NIH provides household product chemical information

National Institute of Health provides a database of commercial household products. Ever wonder what is in that air freshener you just bought, but the print was too small to read without a magnifying glass. Or what is in your laundry, kitchen, or bath soap? How about the laser toner cartridge or the pen in your… Read More

Study seeks Fibromyalgia patients

Path to Pain-Free Living, which offers an holistic approach to a whole body and happy life, seeks women with fibromyalgia to participate in a Fibromyalgia study… 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

Dolphin ‘therapy’ dismissed as dangerous fad

Dolphin-assisted therapy (DAT) has been growing in popularity during the past decade. Part of its increase in popularity are the studies that claim people suffering from chronic mental or physical disabilities benefit from the dolphin "healing" experience. Lori Marino, Behavioral Biology Program, and Scott Lilienfeld, Department of Psychology, both of Emory University, reviewed 5 studies… Read More

Weekly pain diary

The good news is that when you feel good it is difficult to recall exactly how pain felt. The bad news is that the process of 'pain memory fade' makes changes in the level of pain difficult to gauge over a period of time. Experts recommend that you keep a pain journal and PainAwarnessMonth.org has… Read More

Veterans file class action against Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Adminstration (VA) Secretary Jim Nicholson has been accused by injured Iraq war veterans of denying them benefits. The class action suit was filed on behalf of hundreds of thousands of veterans. Attorneys filing the class action said that the objective is not monetary. What they want is for the VA to provide the mental… Read More

Hybrid insurance combines long-term-care with life insurance

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 tax laws makes hybrid insurance friendly. The question is if the public will accept this new type of policy. A recent AARP Public Policy Institute paper suggest that hybrid insurance presents a way to achieve partial coverage for certain risks with limited funds… Read More

Veteran denied claim because of missing paperwork

A Marine is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and given an "administrative separation." The VA medical center loses his paperwork and he resubmits it--4 times! Finally, he's denied benefits. He was told that the injuries were not compensable or service-connected. When the Marine asked why his injury did not qualify he was told, "...because they… Read More

Depression causes decreased immune efficiency

Researchers Ronald Glaser and Janice Kiecolt-Glaser have spent 3 decades trying to understand the role psychological stress plays in weakening the immune system. Of keen interest was the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which is one of 8 different herpesvirusus that can remain dormant in the body for a lifetime. The Glasers estimate that more than 90%… Read More

Researchers identify new approach to identify Alzheimer’s

When it comes to memory processing, scientists have been able to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to observe changes in the brain. Previously, researchers observed the medial temporal lobe (MTL) portion of the brain as it activated during memory task. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center set out to identify brain regions related to memory and… Read More