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Another Side to LTD

LTD Benefit Person, Thank you for sharing your experience from working within an insurance company that sells LTD. It is interesting that you never mentioned ERISA, which is the Federal laws governing LTD. What ERISA allows insurance companies to behave in a capricious manner mainly because when there is malfeasance by the insurance company the… Read more

Share Your Bad Faith Story

This new feature was inspired by the documentary film, “bad faith.” Take a moment and share your experience being denied a disability claim. Leave it in the comment section  and it will be re-posted as a blog post. Thank you for sharing your ‘Bad Faith Story’… Read more

Dolphin ‘therapy’ dismissed as dangerous fad

Dolphin-assisted therapy (DAT) has been growing in popularity during the past decade. Part of its increase in popularity are the studies that claim people suffering from chronic mental or physical disabilities benefit from the dolphin “healing” experience. Lori Marino, Behavioral Biology Program, and Scott Lilienfeld, Department of Psychology, both of Emory University, reviewed 5 studies… Read more

Bee’s fibromyalgia story

The medical community tries its best to explain disease symptoms like fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, the medical community’s explanations do not jive with the experience of someone who has lived with the disease for most of their life. Bee’s eclectic life is a blog by a 50’s something mother of 2 adult children who has dealt with… Read more

Free publication on pain and pain management

The Florida Medical Association (FMA) serves as an advocate for physicians, their patients, and to promote public health. FMA publishes The Journal of the Florida Medical Association and has made the edition that deals with pain management available on-line. The publication covers the topics of pain evaluation, treatment of pain, addiction, pain management, and the legal &… Read more

NSAIDs may not help prevent Alzheimer’s

Recently there have been reports that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have shown a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Principally, the NSAID drugs naproxen and celecoxib have been cited as improving cognitive function in older adults with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Disease Anti-Inflammatory Prevention Trial (ADAPT) Research Group studied 2,117 individuals, 70… Read more

Parkinson’s may be result of a protein gone bad

Each year 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease is diagnosed in America. The exact cause of Parkinson’s is unknown. What is known is certain nerve cells die or are impaired in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra. When these cells die the body is deprived of dopamine–a neurotransmitter vital for body movement. Nicholas… Read more

Relatives of Parkinson’s disease patients have higher incidents of depression

Studies have already shown that relatives of individuals with Parkinson’s have an increased risk of the disease. Also observed is that immediate relatives (brother, sister, mother, father, son or daughter) of people who have Parkinson’s disease are at increased risk for developing depression and anxiety disorders—particularly if Parkinson’s occurs before age 75. Many Parkinson’s disease patients… Read more

Why fatigue accompanies pain

Why are more women, than men, diagnosed with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia? Approximately, 94% of people with chronic fatigue report muscle pain. Nearly, 75% of people reporting chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain report having fatigue. Women are the majority of patients reporting these symptoms. Katheleen Sluka, PhD, professor Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and… Read more

Alzheimer’s prevention — drink coffee and eat donuts?

Studies have shown that high levels of cholesterol break down the blood-brain barrier (BBB), reducing it effectiveness against damage by blood borne contamination to the central nervous system (CNS). Researchers from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences gave rabbits 3 mg of caffeine each day–equivalent to a daily cup of… Read more

FDA warns Novartis about Alzheimer’s drug promotional material

Pharmaceutical company, Novartis, produces Exelon that is used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. A recent Exelon promotional brochure distributed to health-care professionals has caught the eye of the FDA because it is thought to be misleading. The FDA faxed a warning to Novartis that states that Exelon is associated with numerous risks and that Novartis… 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