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Knee pain, possible causes and treatments

Kneecap pain is a common problem and occurs when it is out of alignment. There are several causes for the kneecap, or patella, to become misaligned including: flat feet, weak hip muscles (which cause the femur to move out of its precise alignment), leg length differences, tight muscles on the front and back of the… Read More

Neck pain benefits from strength training

During the past 2 decades there has been an increase in the reporting of neck pain which is now second only to back pain. The increased incidents are attributed to women who perform repetitive tasks, such as a computer keyboard, in the work place. Whether neck pain benefits from exercise is a key question in several studies, all of… 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

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

Senator wants adequate funding for SSID

Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) knows the social security system is broken and promises to make things better. His constituents in up-state New York wait an average of 522 days---nearly two years---for social security disability benefits. For someone out-of-work and in desperate need of assistance to just live from day-to-day this is disastrous. The social security… Read More

Faster acting treatment for manic phase of bipolar disorder

The symptoms of bipolar disorder include profound mood swings, from depression to vastly overblown excitement, energy, and elation, often accompanied by severe irritability. Both children and adults are affected by the disorder. Often the depressive phase of bipolar disorder is thought to be a period when the patient is at risk, but the manic phase… Read More

Army opens $1.8 million PTSD center

With nearly 17% of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan showing signs of suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the Army has opened a 6,000-square-foot center at Fort Bliss. The Army says that the center has an unique approach because it treats both physical and mental ailments. The center's goal is to remain ahead of… Read More

Smoking may lead to depression

For years tobacco company advertisements suggested that smoking would help a person to relax. Now researchers suggest that smoking will also increase a person for the risk of depression. Almudena Sánchez-Villegas, professor, University of Navarra, based his research on a 6 year study of 8,556 university graduates (average age of 42)  over a 6 year period… 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

The brain’s natural ‘bliss drug’ fights depression

Although marijuana itself has shown no clinical benefit for the treatment of depression, University of Irvine researchers have shown that one of its active ingredients produces antidepressant effects. The brain naturally produces the enzyme anandamide, which is nicknamed the 'bliss molecule' because of its similarities to the active ingredient in marijuana and its anti-depressant qualities. The… Read More

Hypertension may play a role in cognitive impairment

High blood pressure, or hypertension, appears to be associated with an increased risk for mild cognitive impairment according to Christiane Reitz, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues at the Columbia University Medical Center, New York. Researchers followed 918 Medicare recipients with an average age of 76.3-years. None of the participants showed signs of cognitive impairment at the beginning… Read More

Is Wal-Mart like the Merry Widower?

Alfred Hitchock's own favorite movie was the 1943 classic, Shadow of a Doubt. It's the story of a man who is suspected of being the Merry Widower. The man is suspected of marrying women, then killing them for their money. Apparently, the executives at Wal-Mart took it a step further, but without having to kill… Read More