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What are your rights regarding medical files?

The department of Health & Human Services provides information about your civil rights regarding your medical files. Available topics include: Introduction General Overview Incidental Uses and Disclosures Minimum Necessary Personal Representatives Business Associates Uses and Disclosures for Treatment, Payment, and Health Care Operations Marketing Public Health Research Workers’ Compensation Laws (PDF) Notice Government Access (PDF)… Read more

Shoulder pain responds well to low-cost treatment

Shoulder pain can be caused by a calcification of tendons in the rotator cuff. Small calcium deposits form with the tendons of the shoulder’s rotator cuff. Most often the condition occurs in adults 30—40-years-old. Commonly, the deposits become painful and can restrict mobility of the shoulder. In minor cases, physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medications may… Read more

Preliminary research suggests non-invasive method for detecting Alzheimer’s

Laboratory for Advanced Brain Signal Processing (Japan) has an unique non-invasive approach for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. Using EEG recordings, the researchers tested two groups of subjects. One group has the mild form of Alzheimer’s disease, while the other does not have any cognitive impairment. Both groups are approximately the same age. By comparing test… Read more

Are Alzheimer’s patients better off knowing their diagnosis?

Physicians often have to grapple with the question if their patients are better off knowing their diagnosis of a life-changing disease or should the information be kept from them so what time they have left will be lived as fully as possible. A 2004 review of research found about half of all physicians were reluctant… Read more

A potential treatment for Alzheimer’s fails clinical trail

Neurochem thought their Alzheimer’s disease drug, Alzhemed, would put them on the map with an anticipated annual sales of $4.5US billion. Clinical trials on Alzheimer’s patients in early to middle stages of the disease were tracked over an 18 month period. During that period the drug showed no discernible difference when compared to the group taking… Read more

Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s may be result of a faulty immune system

As a baby’s brain develops it grows neurons and connections. As the child grows the brain begins a process of paring down some of these connections—also known as synapses. It has been a mystery how synapses were flagged for removal. Researcher Ben Barres, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurobiology, feels he has identified the long held mystery… Read more

Early onset of Parkinson’s disease may include depression

University of Alberta research indicates that depression is common with early Parkinson’s disease (PD), but is often untreated or diagnosed. They found that 27% of PD patients screened positive for depression, while 40% of those patients were not treated for depression. The researchers suspect that one of the reasons that symptoms of depression go undiagnosed… Read more

Money Saving Pro’s Guide to SSDI Benefits

In the unfortunate event you contract an illness or suffer an injury and are unable to work, Social Security disability benefits provide you with supplemental income during this difficult time. However, applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a confusing process if you haven’t done it before. Luckily, this guide will go in-depth to… Read more

Alzheimer’s vaccine helps little with memory

For some time the Holy Grail of Alzheimer’s disease was thought to be a medication to clear beta-amyloid plaques from the brain, but current research suggest that isn’t going to be enough. An study by the University of California, Irvine, has been testing an Alzheimer’s drug designed to clear the beta-amyloid plaques. Unfortunately, clearing the… Read more

Memory loss in Alzheimer’s associated with loss of receptor cells

Ironically, researchers ‘think’ they have an understanding of how we ‘think’ and how memory is created. When it comes to the brain it is a matter of speculation of how our metaphorical gears work. Recent research by Duke University’s Medical Center neurobiologist, Michael Ehlers, M.D., Ph.D., has filled in one more piece of the puzzle… 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

Fibromyalgia fact sheet from NIAMS

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease (NIAMS) offers basic information about fibromyalgia and the common symptoms. NIAMS is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)… Read more