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Internet Society of Orthopaedic Surgery & Trauma. Good resource for Orthopedic information including: news, forums, articles, patient education, etc… Read more

PTSD may be helped by ‘memory’ enzyme

Most current theories of how we form long-term memories is that they are encoded in our brain by changes in the connections between neurons, which would not allow them to be erased chemically. Recent research contradicts that theory by suggesting the enzyme PKMzeta, may actually be required to sustain memories. By targeting, new therapies could… Read more

Genetic test may affect your ability to be insured

The laws vary from state to state. The Federal government has proposed laws, but today nothing is definite. Currently there are no laws that specifically address the issue of an insurance company denying you a policy based on the genetic test results. Your doctor recommends a genetic test to help determine your susceptibility to particular… Read more

Fibromyalgia could be alleviated with cortisol treatments

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are debilitating diseases with no known cause and both with limited treatments for the symptoms and nothing for the underlying cause. Kent Holtorf, MD, medical director, Holtorf Medical Group Center for Endocrine, Neurological and Infection related illness, Torrance, Calif., reports that after a comprehensive literature study that the majority… Read more

Cell death leads to dementia

Scientists knew it was happening, but it remained a mystery as to what causes cell death in frontotemporal dementia (FTD). A recent study using cell cultures shows the pathological pathway that leads to the cell death as reported in the Journal of Neuroscience. FTD affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. It causes changes in… 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

Selling Sickness: How the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies are turning us all into patients

In the 6th grade a group of us decided to play a practical joke on classmate, Tommy. Each of us approached Tommy and while staring at one of his earlobes asked him if he felt okay, because it looked like he had epidermis. His response started out with a healthy, “Yes,” but after being asked… Read more

NIH provides household product chemical information

National Institute of Health provides a database of commercial household products. Ever wonder what is in that air freshener you just bought, but the print was too small to read without a magnifying glass. Or what is in your laundry, kitchen, or bath soap? How about the laser toner cartridge or the pen in your… Read more

Lou Gehrigs and Parkinson’s genes indentify those at risk

The mission of a recent Mayo Clinic research project was to predict, prevent, and halt brain aging disorders. Demetrius Maraganore, M.D., Mayo Clinic, used an unprecedented method to predict brain aging disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Parkinson’s disease. Researchers were able to identify several gene variations (DNA fingerprints)… Read more

Benefits of antidepressants in later stage of Alzheimer’s

A common misconception is that Alzheimer’s patients are placed in a nursing home because their memory has failed. Actually, what is more disturbing and precedes placement in a nursing home are the periods of agitation and psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, delusions, suspicious thoughts) often experienced in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Traditional thinking is that psychotic… Read more

New approaches in treatment of bipolar disorder

Participants in a recent study of bipolar disorder patients, who experienced manic symptoms while also suffering from depression, did not benefit from antidepressant medication when it was given in addition to a mood stabilizer. A second study also indicated that a mood stabilizer alone appeared to be just as effective as when it was given along with an… Read more

Spinal cord injuries can benefit from intensive training

Spinal cord injuries can cause some people to take very desperate steps, like going to other countries, to receive stem cell transplants. Most of these approaches are often not controlled trials and the patient undergoes a lot of risk and expense. Researcher, Karim Fouad, University of Alberta, Edmonton, reports in an article recently published in the journal… Read more