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Nasal spray discovered to reduce Alzheimer’s plaque

Dr. Beka Solomon, professor at the Tel Aviv University, wondered if Alzheimer’s disease could be treated through the nasal passage. Her logic was simple. One of the early Alzheimer’s disease signs is a loss of smell, because Alzheimer’s plaques first appear in the olfactory bulb. She also realized that a harmless bacterial virus, known as “filamentous… Read more

Popular statin drug may fight against alzheimer’s and parkinson’s disease

Boston University researcher Benjamin Wolozin found that a popular statin drug helped reduce the occurrence of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease in a study group of over 700,000. Statin drugs are commonly used to reduce cholesterol levels in patients. The three most common types of statin drugs are: simvastatin, lovastatin, and atorvastatin. What Wolozin did was… Read more

Risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease

Journal of Neuroimaging reports that damage to brain blood vessels or temporal lobe atrophy are indicators that an individual is more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, older individuals who had both characteristics were 7 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those without the indicators. MRI scans were used to identify those… Read more

Rheumatoid arthritis early death linked to smoking

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory autoimmune disease. Patients with RA tend to die younger and largely from cardiovascular disease (CVD). A marker of inflammation is an elevation of the C-reactive protein (CRP) and has been shown to predict CVD. Dr. Tracey M. Farragher, University of Manchester, wondered why other inflammatory diseases, like Crohn’s disease… Read more

Parkinson’s patients may benefit by green tea

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, which results in the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. Currently there is no known cure for the disease. Dr. Baolu Zhao, is author of an article, that investigates the effects of green tea polyphenols, a group of naturally occurring chemical substances found in plants… Read more

A lousy way to solicit donations

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a good organization and like all good organizations needs donations. Because organizations like this are exempt from the National Do Not Call list they do not hesitate to call you. And call you. And call you again and again. They’ll even keep calling those that have already agreed to… Read more

Lyrica (pregabalin) treatment for fibromyalgia and diabetic pain

University of Kentucky reports that professor of rheumatology, Dr. Leslie Crofford, and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Women’s Health, Gloria W. Singletary, wrote the first prospective study of Lyrica’s (pregabalin) effectiveness for the relief of fibromyalgia pain and sleep problems. In a double blind study patients were given either Lyrica or a… Read more

Scientist mystified by Parkinson’s disease and non-smokers

In a Science News summary of a July Archives of Neurology article there appears to be a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease among non-smokers. In a study of 12,000 people, it was found that heavy lifetime smokers had the lowest risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is fairly rare in the U.S. When… Read more

Hybrid insurance combines long-term-care with life insurance

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 tax laws makes hybrid insurance friendly. The question is if the public will accept this new type of policy. A recent AARP Public Policy Institute paper suggest that hybrid insurance presents a way to achieve partial coverage for certain risks with limited funds… Read more

Is Alzheimer’s disease a question of genes?

Alzheimer’s disease researchers see the search for the gene responsible for the disease akin to the quest for the Holy Grail. Shirley E. Poduslo, PhD, neuroscientist, Medical College of Georgia Schools of Medicine and Graduate Studies, studied the genetic profile of 2 large Georgia families with high rates of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Poduslo was shocked when… Read more

Tips for Fibromyalgia patients having elective surgery

The thought of elective surgery for Fibromyalgia patients can be daunting; considering that surgery was often the onset for their developing Fibromyalgia in the first place. The Oregon Fibromyalgia Team offers helpful tips for FMS patients preparing for elective surgery. If an endotracheal tube is anticipated request a soft neck collar. Request that your arm… Read more

Cato Institute argues for free market health insurance

Michael D. Tanner, director of health and welfare studies, and Michael F. Cannon, director of policy studies, are co-authors of Health Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It. The authors put forth the argument that universal health care is not the answer because it misrepresents what it is and who it… Read more