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PTSD and asthma link not likely to be genetically related

Previous studies have found a relationship between asthma and other anxiety disorders and a higher risk of depression. The reason(s) for the association between asthma and mental disorders is unknown. Researchers theorize asthma could increase the risk of anxiety disorders, or anxiety disorders might cause asthma, or there could be a common risk factors for… Read more

World Fibromyalgia Day – May 12, 2008

Heanne Hambleton lives in England and has found what so many other Fibromyalgia patients have experienced world wide–that it is difficult for friends, family, and neighbors to understand and appreciate the pain and suffering. It is sometimes difficult to comprehend how someone can look so normal, but be in constant pain. In a recent post… Read more

Author’s personal experiences with Alzheimer’s disease

Author Lauren Kessler’s mother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. She wrote Dancing with Rose, in part for herself, and also, to share her experiences with others who are taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s. After her mother’s death, Kessler worked as an unskilled resident assistant in a West Coast Alzheimer’s facility. She wanted to better… Read more

Alzheimer’s dreaded amyloid fibers dismantled

Alzheimer’s disease and mad cow disease (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) are similar in that both are thought to be caused by abnormally folded prion proteins in the brain. It is the accumulation of amyloid fibers created by the abnormal prion proteins that is seen as the cause for Alzheimer’s disease. James Shorter, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry… Read more

Parkinson’s patients experience sleepiness & hallucinations

A new study may help predict which patients with early Parkinson’s disease will experience hallucinations, sleepiness, or swelling. Identifying the risk factors may better guide which treatment is more suited for the patient, allow for earlier intervention and reduce disabilities, according to study author Dr. Keven Biglan, University of Rochester, NY. The 4-year study of… Read more

Pain relief by cannabis best in moderation

In an University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Center for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR) study, due to be published in the November journal of Anesthesiology, reports that cannabis in too high or too low of dosage provides little, if any benefit. Healthy volunteers were given a placebo cigarette or a marijuana cigarette that contained either 2%… Read more

Parkinson’s disease can lead to sleepwalking

In the October issue of Archives of Neurology, a physician who treats Parkinson Disease (PD) reports that a few of his patients have begun sleepwalking. For the past 2 years, Dr Rositsa Poryazova has treated 165 PD patients. Adult-onset of sleepwalking was identified in 6 of those patients. There were an equal number of men and… Read more

Efforts to diagnose Fibromyalgia early

The American College of Rehumatology has established general classification guidelines for fibromyalgia to help assess and study the condition. The Mayo Clinic now provides a web site based on that information and is useful for diagnosing fibromyalgia. Because there is no single, specific diagnostic laboratory test, diagnosis can be difficult. Physicians rely on patient history, self-reported symptoms… Read more

Parkinson’s risk reduced by over-the-counter pain medication

Parkinson’s disease risk may be reduced by regular use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), which includes aspirin and ibuprofen, according to a recent UCLA study. The study comprised of 579 men and women. Half of the group had Parkinson’s disease, while the other was free of the disease. For those in the group who took two or more NSAID… Read more

Old drug may offer new and safe treatment for Alzheimer’s

There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. A great deal of research is driven with the goal to slow down the disease’s progress and a Weill Cornell team believe they have found a novel approach. What makes the Weill Cornell’s researchers approach unique is that it involves a drug that has been used for… Read more

Rheumatologist with fibromyalgia publishes book

When Dr. David Dryland began his rheumatology practice he found that he identified with one group of patients. At the time those patients suffered what was loosely defined as fibromyalgia. It was a perplexing experience that he was unable to effectively treat his patients or himself. He set out to find the cause and treatment… 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