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Pain management as a human right

An article in the International Anesthesia Research Society, July 2007, surveys the attitudes of pain management worldwide. The 3 main areas examined are the medical, ethical, and legal trends of pain management and its adverse physical and psychological effects of untreated pain. The article considers the main reasons for poor pain management are cultural, societal… Read More

Pain Patch Recall

The Fentanyl pain patch has been recalled. The patch in question is the 25-microgram-per-hour patch with an expiration dates on or before December 2009. Currently it is a voluntary recall. Fentanyl is powerful narcotic that is opium derived and nearly 100 times stronger than morphine. Of the four main types of fentanyl in use today… Read More

Arthritis pain reduced with physical activity

As baby-boomers become senior-boomers arthritis is projected to increase by 40%--affecting 67 million Americans--in the next 2 decades. At issue is improving and managing arthritis pain. Leigh Callahan, PhD, Thurston Arthritis Research Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, evaluated the basic 8-week Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. The study showed: The exercise program is suitable for… Read More

Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s may be result of a faulty immune system

As a baby's brain develops it grows neurons and connections. As the child grows the brain begins a process of paring down some of these connections—also known as synapses. It has been a mystery how synapses were flagged for removal. Researcher Ben Barres, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurobiology, feels he has identified the long held mystery… Read More

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

Long-term disability insurance — fiction or fact?

Benjamin W. Glass' book Robbery Without a Gun, is a thin book as books go. Even though modest in length the message speaks volumes---and one that you should seriously consider getting your hands on if you have a long-term disability (LTD) policy or have recently become disabled. If you are someone who has never been… Read More

More evidence that brain “exercise” delays Alzheimer’s onset

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have found a brain network within the frontal lobe that is associated with cognitive reserve and is thought to delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Cognitive reserve is developed by regularly "exercising" the brain by engaging in mentally-stimulating activities such as taking classes, doing a daily crossword puzzle, or volunteering. There… Read More

Veteran benefits determined by priority group classification

In 1996 Congress passed the Veterans' Health Care Eligibility Reform Act, which was designed to simplify the process of determining benefit eligibility. When applying for benefits, the first thing that happens is the eligibility of the Veteran. Next, a determination is made as to which of the 7 priority groups they will be assigned. Priority… Read More

Bee’s fibromyalgia story

The medical community tries its best to explain disease symptoms like fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, the medical community's explanations do not jive with the experience of someone who has lived with the disease for most of their life. Bee's eclectic life is a blog by a 50's something mother of 2 adult children who has dealt with… Read More

Antidepressant effect faster with ketamine, but there are drawbacks

One of the difficulties in treating depressed patients is that drug treatments can take weeks before the beneficial effects are seen. Sungho Maeng, affiliated with the Laboratory of Molecular Pathophysiology and Experimental Therapeutics, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Health & Human Services, Bethesda… Read More

Have you been misdiagnosed?

After a visit to the doctors office you want to believe that his or her diagnosis is accurate because it means you now have a path for recovery. The question is how often do doctors misdiagnose a patient's symptoms? The May issue of The American Journal of Medicine has a collection of articles relating to… Read More

Copper instead of aluminum may be the Alzheimer’s bad boy

Back when television was still broadcast only in B&W, researchers discovered that Alzheimer's disease patients had aluminum deposits in their brain. From then on, health conscious people avoided deodorants with aluminum and stopped using aluminum kitchenware. After several decades and further research,  the aluminum --- Alzheimer's disease link was never proven. In fact, linking aluminum to any neurodegenerative… Read More