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CFS, FM, & IC Disease Support

The Fighting Fatigue blog deals with one woman’s journey dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. The site also covers topic such as: fm-treatments, research, and symptoms… 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

Relatives of Parkinson’s disease patients have higher incidents of depression

Studies have already shown that relatives of individuals with Parkinson’s have an increased risk of the disease. Also observed is that immediate relatives (brother, sister, mother, father, son or daughter) of people who have Parkinson’s disease are at increased risk for developing depression and anxiety disorders—particularly if Parkinson’s occurs before age 75. Many Parkinson’s disease patients… 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

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

Depression caused by childhood abuse may be linked to specific gene

People who have been abused as children and fortunate enough to carry a gene called corticotropin-releasing hormone receptor one (CRHR1) demonstrate less frequent depression than those abused as children who do not carry the gene. Rebekah Bradley, PhD, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Elisabeth Binder, MD, PhD, Emory University, studied more than 470 adults… Read more

Supreme Court ruling OKs insurance companies to charge more for lower credit ratings & not tell

Two insurance companies, Geico General Insurance Company and Safeco, did not violate the law in failing to notify customers that they were being charged more because of a low credit rating. The unanimous decision says that a company’s conduct must be more than “merely careless.” Justice David H. Scouter said a company’s conduct must entail… Read more

Is Alzheimer’s disease about the brain or the heart?

Alzheimer’s disease is usually thought of as something wrong with brain. Current wisdom suggests that the symptons can be treated with medication, but Robert E. Reichlin, Ph.D. sees it as much more. He sees it as involving the heart as well. When a patient is medicated it is about control. When we are concerned about… 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

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

How and why words heal

Psychological Science Journal’s article by Matthew D. Lieberman, UCLA associate professor of psychology and a founder of social cognitive neuroscience, reports that there is a benefit in putting feelings into words through speech or writing. Using brain imaging, Lieberman found that by subliminally flashing images of ‘angry’ faces activated an area of the brain called… Read more

Cognitive problems increased in older patients who undergo surgery

Patients who have elective surgery that requires general anesthesia sometimes experience postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD). For some time, heart surgery patients have been known to be at risk for POCD–problems with memory, concentration , and processing of information. Terri Monk, M.D., anesthesiologist Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Duke University, reports in the January 1… Read more