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Depressed patients may benefit from music therapy

Approximately, 121 million people world-wide are believed to suffer from depression. An estimated 1 million deaths a year are associated with suicide resulting from depression. Anna Maratos, Arts Therapist, Central and Northwest London Foundation NHS Trust, London, UK, reviewed music therapy studies to determine if depressed patients benefited. After a search she identified 5 studies that met her… 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 Dementia decline linked to incontinence medication

Among nursing home residents the 2 most common medical conditions are dementia and urinary incontinence; often they coexist. The problem is that the drugs used to treat each condition are pharmacological opposites, which can reduce the effectiveness of one or both drugs. Kaycee M. Sink, MD, MAS, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and colleagues… Read More

Industrial chemical linked to parkinson’s disease symptoms

While conducting a clinical study on Parkinson's disease researchers came across a participant who felt strongly that his condition was the result of exposure to tricholoraethylene (TCE). Further research involving co-workers of the original participant suggest that there is a connection. Don M. Gash and John T. Slevin, University of Kentucky--Lexington, studied the group of… Read More

Painkiller abuse less than 3% in chronic pain patients

Strict government oversite of opioid medications force physicians to balance the needs of their patients with demands from the government for better control of opioid medications. Fifty years ago cancer patients were denied opioids for their pain because of possible addiction. Srinivasa Raja, MD, professor of anesthesiology, Johns Hopkins University Medical School, reports that less than… Read More

Rehabilitation needs to include additional factors

When occupational rehabilitation professionals consider when an employee should return to work they tend to emphasize the ability of a worker to perform tasks associated with their jobs. Workers returning to their job after an injury are more likely to quit or be fired if their job requires more hours than the traditional 40-hour week. Allard… Read More

Chronic pain treatment improves with complementary approach

Chronic pain often leads to significant changes in a person's daily routine. It is difficult to bend or stand for long periods of time because of the pain. Sleep is difficult and even taking a bath or shower can become a challenge. Pain medications are often the first form of treatment, but often the side effects make… Read More

Cymbalta used to treat fibromyalgia pain

CNN Money recently ran a Dow Jones Newswire story about Eli Lilly's recent study using Cymbalta for reducing pain in fibromyalgia patients.* Eli Lilly's study claims that after one week fibromyalgia patients using Cymbalta had less pain than the control group taking a placebo. After three months, fibromyalgia patients receiving Cymbalta experienced significantly greater reduction in… Read More

Poor sleep can lead to depression

Insomnia is the most commonly reported sleep disorder. Approximately, 30% of adults have insomniac symptoms. Traditional thinking suggested that insomnia is the result of depression. Jules Angst, MD, Zurich University Psychiatric Hospital, Switzerland, conducted 6 interviews with 591 young adults over a 20 year period. He was able to distinguish 4 subtypes of insomnia: One-month… Read More

Curry found to reduce cause of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have isolated a compund in turmeric, a yellow spice that gives Indian curry powder its distinctive color, called bisemethoxycurcumin. It is bisemethoxycurcumin that appears to be an antitoxin, which has been shown to to boost immune cells, called macrophages, to clear amyloid-beta that has been shown to to kill brain cells and thought to… Read More

PTSD may indicate long-term health problems

An elevated level of a white blood cell count can indicate a major infection or a serious blood disorder such as leukemia. Now it is thought that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be just as good of an indicator of a person's long term health status. Joseph Boscarino, PhD, MPH, Geisinger Senior Investigator, examined the… Read More

Traumatic event can make permanent changes in stress hormone level

What is already known is that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or depression, can change how a person responds to stress. What is not known is how a traumatic event effects a person even though they may not develop clinical symptoms. Normally, when a person experiences stress their is a boost in cortisol output. After the stressful… Read More