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Early sign of Alzheimer’s disease—loss of smell

If you, or a loved one, have difficulty identifying common smells such as banana, cinnamon, or lemon, it might be a sign for the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Robert S. Wilson, Rush University Medical Center, tested the sniffers of 589 adults (average age 80-years-old) who, at the time, showed no cognitive impairments. For… Read more

Is Wal-Mart like the Merry Widower?

Alfred Hitchock’s own favorite movie was the 1943 classic, Shadow of a Doubt. It’s the story of a man who is suspected of being the Merry Widower. The man is suspected of marrying women, then killing them for their money. Apparently, the executives at Wal-Mart took it a step further, but without having to kill… 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

VA agrees with study that some PTSD studies are bias

A recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) exposed much of the studies for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as self-serving and biased.  The report concluded that exposure-based therapy and cognitive processing therapy were the only proven treatments that were effective for PTSD. The report also concluded that pharmacotherapy requires additional research to prove its effectiveness. The Department of… Read more

Stress research expands impact on individuals

Since the 1950s stress has directly been linked to coronary heart disease. In one study chronic stress at work or at home was attributed to a 30% increase of death during a 9-year study. Depression has also been linked as a result to stress. But it is also noted that both heart disease and depression… Read more

Parkinson’s blood test shows promise

Every year an estimated 60,000 new cases of the neurodegenerative disease, Parkinson’s, are diagnosed in the U.S. Currently, an estimated 1½ million Americans have Parkinson’s disease. Diagnosis of Parkinson’s is done solely based on the patient’s symptoms. Unfortunately, conditions such as multi-system atrophy or progressive suprancuclear palsy look a lot like Parkinson’s. As a result… Read more

Arthritis patients benefit from exercise

Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability and those who suffer from it tend to be less fit than their peers. Leigh F. Callahan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, studied 346 people with self-reported arthritis, average age of 70-years. Participants were divided into 2 groups. In one group the participants followed the… Read more

Rand suggest annual prescription drug licenses for consumers

Patients with chronic health conditions often require taking medications for extended time periods and the cost burden can prevent them from taking the needed prescription drug(s). Researchers at the Rand Health, a division of Rand Corporation, suggest a “two-part-pricing” scheme for chronic health care patients. They base their proposal on how products outside the medical world are marketed, like Internet… Read more

Fibromyalgia Frontiers Journal

The National Fibromyalgia Partnership (NFP) offers a quarterly publication that covers the latest news and research on fibromyalgia. Membership is $25 per year (slightly higher if you are outside the U.S.). It is free to access their valuable resource information which includes: books & videos, FM related conditions, men & fibro, children & fibro, and… Read more

Alzheimer’s patients may benefit from apple juice

Alzheimer’s disease is thought to be caused by neurotoxicity. Cornell University researchers report in the Journal of Food Science, that apples, bananas, and oranges may provide more than just vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The researchers found that juice extracts from those fruits also have protective antioxidants, called phenolic phytochemicals, that prevents neurotoxicity. A key benefit… Read more

20% of returning deployed soldiers suffer PTSD or major depression

In the first analysis of its kind to study military service personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the RAND Corporation has found: Nearly 20% of returning Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers (300K) report PTSD or major depression. Many service members failed to report PTSD or major depression fearing it would damage their career. Service members fail to… Read more

Do you qualify for Social Security disability

Disability insurance provided by Social Security breaks down into two programs. First, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). To qualify you must have paid Social Security through payroll deductions. Disability payment is determined by the total of your SS deductions. Second, Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This program is designed for those unable to work or have… Read more