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Value of glitazones drugs for diabetes questioned

The European medicines regulator (EMEA) warned in 2007 that a newer diabetes drug, rosigilazone, should not be given to patients with a history of a heart attack, or patients with ischaemic heart, or peripheral arterial, diseases. Rosigiltazone and a similar medication, pioglitazone, belong to a class of drug known as glitazones. Recently, the British Drug… Read more

New myofascial pain syndrome imaging technique

Myofascial pain and Fibromyalgia are sometimes confused for each other, but the conditions are clinically different. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition typically characterized by widespread pain in muscles, ligaments, and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points. Myofascial pain syndrome, is a more localized pain that is associated with trigger point tenderness. A… 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

Nutritional supplement used in clinical trail for Parkinson’s

This past spring the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a phase III clinical trial of creatine and its effects on Parkinson’s disease. Creatine is an over-the-counter nutritional supplement found naturally in the body and in red meat and used by body builders to ‘bulk-up.’ Recruitment is still active in many of the research facilities… Read more

Real pain for fibromyalgia

Often fibromyalgia is misdiagnosed as arthritis or psychological. A paper from the University of Michigan Health System reports that overwhelming data shows the condition is real. Research investigator Richard E. Harris, Ph. D., says “It is time…to move past the rhetoric…and take these patients serious.”… Read more

Antidepressant hormone could be used as treatment

Depression is often thought to be a problem with brain chemistry, although recent evidence suggest that it may also be a structural problem with cells not regenerating as fast as normal. One possible reason for the lack of regeneration by the cells is from the toxic effects of stress and stress hormones. Researcher, Kamillla Miskowiak… Read more

Alzheimer’s a greater risk for women

As baby-boomers age their risks of developing dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or heart disease increases. Stroke and dementia are the most widely feared age-related neurological diseases, and are also the only neurological disorders listed in the 10 leading causes of disease burden. Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) followed 2,794 participants of the Framingham… Read more

Available clinical trials

Spine-health.com provides a valuable resource of sponsored clinical trials… Read more

Emu oil used for pain relief by fibromyalgia patients

This July, Claudia Craig Marek, M.A. will present, Emu Oil in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia & Vulvodynia, to medical professionals in conjunction with the American Emu Association’s national convention. Marek is author of, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia, and president of the non-profit, Fibromyalgia Treatment Center, based in Los Angeles. She… Read more

Man receives 25 years social security back payment

Robert Kram had been awarded Social Security disability benefits for chronic schizophrenia starting in 1970. In 1982 his monthly payments ceased because a policy initiated by President Reagan determined that Kram’s condition had significantly improved. Living with his parents neither Kram, nor his parents, knew how to appeal the decision. Finally, in 1995, his sister… Read more

Alzheimer’s may be related to cancer protein

The tau protein is thought to poison nerve cells in the brain, which is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Chad Dickey, PhD, assistant professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology, University of South Florida (USF), has found that cancer related protein Akt may influence the fate of the tau protein that leads to bundles… Read more

Novel approach for regenerating nerves

Currently there is no treatment for recovering human nerve function after injury to the brain or spinal cord because central nervous system neurons have a very limited capability of self-repair and regeneration. Regeneration in the central nervous system requires neural activity, not just neuronal growth factors alone. Chemical neurotransmitters relay, amplify and modulate signals between… Read more