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Court of appeals sides with Vets in Agent Orange cases

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals chastised the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for contributing substantially to our sense of national shame. The ruling agrees with the Veterans that they should receive retroactive disability benefits for those who contracted a form of leukmia after being exposed to Agent Orange. Also affected are Vietnam vets… Read more

Are Orwellian RFID tags destined for Alzheimer’s patients?

From the beginning, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags have been controversial. RFID tags are about the size of a grain of rice and about as thick as a toothpick. Most of the products you buy today have a RFID tag in them. Retailers like RFID tags because it helps with inventory control. Not surprisingly, WalMart… Read more

Drugs can be made cheaper with new gene therapy technique

For thousands of years people have considered dairy products as a folk remedy for practically every human illness–most of which are ineffective. An article in the February, 2008 journal of Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) reports that researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have successfully used gene therapy to produce therapeutic proteins… Read more

NIH funds alzheimer’s disease research

University of Missouri Columbia, reports that with the National Institutes of Health $6 million grant, and matching funds from the university, they are beginning phase 2 of their Alzheimer’s disease study. The disease affects 15 to 20 million people worldwide today and is expected to triple by 2050 when 24% of the population will be… Read more

Chronic pain on rise in workplace

The Ortho-McNeil’s Survey of pain in the workplace shows an increase of 38% of workers reporting chronic pain from when the study was initially done in 1996. The majority of employers cited pain-related conditions as a lost of productivity in the workplace. There is a reported increase of 65% for work-site wellness programs, but only 22% of the… Read more

Rheumatoid arthritis benefits by gluten-free vegan diet

Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with an increased risk of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and cardiovascular diseases. The causes are unknown, but the disturbed balance of blood fats may be part of the explanation. Johan Frostegård, professor, Karolinska Institute, found that a gluten-free vegan diet reduces cardiovascular risk in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Participants in the… Read more

Long-term disability claimants make perfect victims

A few years ago someone close to me became disabled. She had purchased a long-term disability (LTD) policy with CNA insurance and felt fortunate to have the policy. She was brought up with a strong work ethic, this, coupled with the fact that she immensely enjoyed her job, only increased the emotional pain of not… Read more

Fibromyalgia seen as a lucrative market

Research and Markets reports that fibromyalgia is a burgeoning market that will expand with an upsurge in diagnosis and treatments following the FDA’s approval of Lyrica as a treatment. In 2006 the market was estimated to be $367 million. They believe the market will continue to grow to $1.7 billion by 2016. The growth of… Read more

Origins of the National Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association

Al Pridgeon was in his late forties and had worked all of his adult life. He was married, had children, and tragically an early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Because he had quit his job, Al was not eligible for disability insurance. Al’s wife, Hilda, had gone back to work when his strange symptoms first manifested… Read more

Higher co-pays lowers patient compliance

There is an old expression–“It is the cheap man who pays the most.”–that best explains why the higher co-payments for drug prescriptions or to see a doctor that took effect January 1, for many people, may actually cost a company more money. The University of Michigan and Harvard University researchers studied the concept called “value… Read more

Best initial PTSD treatment may be cognitive type therapy

Although post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cannot usually be diagnosed until 4 weeks after a traumatic event, the  symptoms that occur before the end of the 4 week period often become persistent. Arieh Shalev,M.D., Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and founding Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress at Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, wanted… Read more

Muscle regeneration molecular signal found

Muscle injury can sometimes occur with a sudden, inconsiderate movement. Unlike other tissues, such as bone, muscles are not efficient at repair. Regeneration of the muscle requires complex coordination between several different processes. The key player in muscle repair is the muscle stem cells, which divide and produce new muscle cells to fix the muscle… Read more