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Two separate rheumatoid arthritis research groups have similar results

Researchers seek to identify the genes that make us susceptible to disease and illness. In two independent research projects, that searched the entire human genome for variants that increase risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), had remarkably similar results. The research was conducted at the Broad Institute of Harvard, in association with, Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in the… Read more

Multiple NSAID anti-inflammatory users run risk of complications

It is estimated that one-third of all adults suffer from some form of arthritis. Both the over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription forms of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are commonly used to treat arthritis. The widespread availability of NSAID may result in patients taking more than one form of the drug at a time because of inadequate… Read more

Parkinson’s treated with therapeutic cloning

Parkinson’s disease is thought to be caused by missing dopamine neurons. Stem cell research has sought a way to restore the missing dopamine neurons, but often the immune system rejects the transplanted cells. Lorenz Studer, MD, Head of Stem Cell and Tumor Biology Laboratory, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, feels that their latest study reduces the chances that… Read more

Increased bone fractures with diabetes drugs

A relatively new and effective class of oral antidiabetic agents, thiazolidinediones, have gained in popularity and widely used to treat diabetic patients with insulin resistance. Two of the more popular drugs from this class are prioglitazone and rosiglitazone, which account for 21% of oral diabetes medications prescribed in the United States and 5% of those… Read more

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s connection found in immediate family members

Mayo Clinic researchers have found Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease patients more likely to be immediate blood relatives. Several intriguing leads prompted the researchers to hypothesize the connection of immediate family member’s susceptibility factors for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. What is particularly significant about this Mayo’s study is that previous studies done to assess the Parkinson’s and… Read more

Baylor study finds antidepressants not for bipolar treatment

Baylor College of Medicine’s associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Laura Marangell, M.D., challenges the use of antidepressants with mood stabilizers. She found that bipolar disorder patients given antidepressants are not relieved from their depression any better than when they are given a placebo. Often bipolar disorder’s mood swings between depression and mania are… Read more

Disabled achievers focus of film festival

The International Disability Film Festivalheld its 27th annual event in Berkeley. Thirteen award winners were chosen from the 45 entries submitted from 10 countries… Read more

Gateway site to Orthopedic sites

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

Alzheimer’s test may become part of the routine checkup

The earlier Alzheimer’s disease is detected the more benefit a patient will gain from available treatments. Unfortunately, it isn’t until overt signs of a decline in cognitive ability, that threaten a person’s well being, is the individual brought into a clinic for testing. Testing for early signs of Alzheimer’s usually require assessing the person’s cognitive ability. The… 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

Alzheimer’s origins revealed in 3-D

The origins of Alzheimer’s disease is thought to be the result of A-beta peptide (Alzheimer’s peptide) when it clumps together in the brain and forms long fibrils. Whether it is the protein clumps or the fibrils that kill brain neurons is still being debated. Nikolaus Grigorieff, biophysicist, Brandeis University, along with researchers at Leibniz Institut… Read more

Type 2 diabetes self-monitoring may be counterproductive

Worldwide one in twenty people have diabetes. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes accounting for an estimated 85-95% of all diabetes cases. Traditionally, self-monitoring of blood glucose levels for type 1 and type 2 diabetes who use insulin to treat their condition is recommended. What is in question is if type 2… Read more