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Antidepressant effect faster with ketamine, but there are drawbacks

One of the difficulties in treating depressed patients is that drug treatments can take weeks before the beneficial effects are seen. Sungho Maeng, affiliated with the Laboratory of Molecular Pathophysiology and Experimental Therapeutics, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Health & Human Services, Bethesda… 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

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

Lou Gehrig’s disease research aided by yeast cells

During autopsies of brains, of people who had lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) or frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a protein called TDP-43 was observed to accumulate abnormally. Further studies confirmed the damaging role of TDP-43. Aaron D. Gitler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, sought a way to… Read more

20-minute surgery stops back pain

As we age normal activities cause “wear and tear” on the spine, which can result in a condition known as spinal stenosis. This results in a narrowing, where the nerves branch out from the spinal column, which can squeeze and irritate the nerves resulting in back pain, leg pain, general weakness, and a loss of balance… Read more

How ERISA makes your long-term disability policy worthless

Chances are if you have a long-term disability (LTD) insurance policy it falls under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) guidelines. If that is the case then know now that if you ever become disabled and file a LTD claim there is a chance you will be denied your benefits after a year or… Read more

Thinking differently about Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease has long been recognized by tremors and a characteristic stiffness and sluggish gait. It has been thought that the cause of the disease was the death of neurons in the mid-brain that produces the neurotransmitter dopamine. The belief was supported by the fact that dopamine is known to help maintain motion control. Emory… Read more

Medication cost helps determine a patient’s faith in a drug

For some time pharmaceutical companies have known that the effectiveness for a new medication is greatest in the first year of availability to the public. It has been suggested that the increased effectiveness is the result of a physicians enthusiasm for the new drug. Dan Ariely, behavioral economist, Duke University, and a team of collaborators… Read more

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

Who wins social security benefits and who doesn’t

Don’t give up on your disability claim. Of those declined better than half eventually receive benefits. It usually isn’t an easy path to approval since 70% are initially denied. Of those who are denied and file for reconsideration 84% are denied. Of that 84% who pursue their claim and request a hearing about 50% win… Read more

Type 2 diabetes predictor may be in the veins

Extra weight, family history, and lifestyle are all considered contributors to the development of type 2 diabetes. Researchers would like to add one more risk factor–blood vessels. Saverio Stranges, MD, Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, UK, found changes in the blood vessels and sub-clinical systemic inflammation can also help… Read more

Alzheimer’s may be effected by hypertension

Risk associated with high blood pressure, or hypertension, is well known. Researchers Cyrus Raji, M.D., PhD., and Oscar Lopez, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh, have added one new danger—blood flow to the brain. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure blood flow to the brain the researchers studied a group of 88 older patients. Within the… Read more