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3 Solutions for Migraines You May Not Have Tried

Migraines can have an incredible impact on your life, forcing you into a vicious cycle of head pain. If you’re tired of the grip that migraines have on your world, there are several treatments that can help.

Apr 4th, 2019
What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and How is it Treated

After suffering through an arm or leg injury, everything heals and all is well, right? Not if you develop complex regional pain syndrome. With CRPS, you continue to experience intense pain. Help is available with interventional treatments.

Mar 14th, 2019
3 Ways to Help Lower Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

Even if you have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, you don’t have to shrug and settle for waiting to see what happens as you get older. You can lower your risk for Alzheimer’s by making lifestyle changes in midlife — read on to learn how.

Feb 14th, 2019
AMYLOID SEEDING MAY LINK ALZHEIMER’S, DIABETES

Patients with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, and now researchers in Sweden may have discovered the molecular link that explains the association.

Mar 3rd, 2015
ELDERLY BRAINS LEARN, BUT MAYBE TOO MUCH

A new study led by Brown University reports that older learners retained the mental flexibility needed to learn a visual perception task but were not as good as younger people at filtering out irrelevant information.

Dec 3rd, 2014
MAGNETIC STIMULATION AND EFFECT ON DEPRESSION

For many people suffering depression, antidepressant medications provide sufficient relief. But up to 50 percent of those diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) will not respond to these drugs.

Nov 13th, 2014
CASE REPORTS: PET IMAGING IN DEMENTIA

In two cases of progressing dementia, PET imaging with amyloid and tau tracers helped to clarify the diagnosis by ruling out Alzheimer’s disease, researchers suggested.

Sep 29th, 2014
COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT INCREASES STROKE RISK, STUDY

People suffering from cognitive impairment face heightened risk of suffering a stroke than those with normal cognitive function, according to a new study by the Medical University of South Carolina.

Sep 4th, 2014
ANTI-AMYLOID DRUG FOR ALZHEIMER’S HAS MIXED RESULTS

The amyloid plaque-busting drug crenezumab for Alzheimer’s disease failed to meet its primary endpoints in a phase II trial, but — as was the case with another similar drug — the drug did show promise in a subgroup with mild symptoms.

Aug 11th, 2014
NERVE BLOCK EASES HOT FLASHES

Vasomotor symptoms, more commonly known as “hot flashes,” can be effectively treated with a stellate ganglion block (SGB), researchers have found.

May 16th, 2014
STRIKING A NERVE: BUNGLING THE CANNABIS STORY

Correlation does not equal causation, and a single exam cannot show a trend over time. Basic stuff, right? But judging by coverage of a study just out in the Journal of Neuroscience, these are apparently foreign concepts for many folks in the media.

Apr 16th, 2014
STELLATE GANGLION BLOCK FOR VASOMOTOR SYMPTOMS

A study to be published in an upcoming issue of Menopause suggests that stellate ganglion blockade (SGB) may be an effective option for women with vasomotor symptoms (VMS), including hot flashes and night sweats. 

Mar 13th, 2014
GOUT: OBESITY’S STEALTH DISEASE

Once known as “the disease of kings,” gout today clearly is a disease of commoners as well, and although it’s on the rise, treatment remains vastly underused.

Jan 21st, 2014
PATIENT REVIEWS – DR. RUSS SHIMIZU

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Dec 19th, 2013
PROTEIN CAN LEAD TO DRUG TREATMENTS FOR CHRONIC PAIN

Scientists from 11 research institutes, including Dr Enrico Ferrari from the University of Lincoln, UK, created and characterised a new molecule that was able to alleviate hypersensitivity to inflammatory pain.

Nov 11th, 2013
INTESTINAL GEL EASES PARKINSON’S SYMPTOMS

Treatment with an intestinal levodopa-carbidopa gel administered through a gastrostomy tube improved patients’ Parkinson’s symptoms and health-related quality of life, researchers reported here.

Oct 1st, 2013
SOME ANTIBIOTICS LINKED TO SERIOUS NERVE DAMAGE

The FDA is strengthening its warning that a popular class of antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, may cause sudden, serious, and potentially permanent nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy.

Sep 5th, 2013
CHRONIC PAIN – A MORE NATURAL AND HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE

A derivative of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a main ingredient of fish-oil supplements, can alleviate and prevent neuropathic pain caused by sensory system injuries, researchers from Duke University Medical Center reported in the Annals of Neurology.

Jul 24th, 2013
BLOOD TESTS MAY AID ALZHEIMER’S DIAGNOSIS

Several novel markers detectable in blood could prove to be useful adjuncts in diagnosis and management of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, researchers suggested here.

Jul 16th, 2013
TMS: A NEW APPROACH TO DEPRESSION

For Mrs. Rhodes, 63, a former advertising executive in Danbury, Conn., TMS treatment was transformative, and she no longer needs antidepressants.

Jul 1st, 2013
USING SWEAT TO DETECT DIABETIC NEUROPATHY

Details of a new method to detect diabetic neuropathy in patients in less than five minutes using their sweat glands was presented today at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists 22nd Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress in Phoenix...

May 9th, 2013
WELCOME TO 21ST CENTURY HEALTH

Ever wonder what life was like 100 years ago?  Taking a look at the quality of people’s health in the 20th century may renew your appreciate for life.

Apr 23rd, 2013
ALLERGAN’S MIGRAINE DRUG INHALER LEVADEX REJECTED

Allergan Inc. (AGN), the maker of the Botox wrinkle treatment, failed to win U.S. approval for its inhalable version of a 60-year-old migraine drug after regulators raised concerns about manufacturing.

Apr 20th, 2013
EXERCISES (STRETCHES) THAT COUNTERACT A DAY AT THE COMPUTER

The office might not seem like a hazardous workplace, but over time sitting in front of your computer can weaken muscles leading to chronic back pain, repetitive strain injuries in the shoulders, elbows, wrists and forearms and hand tendinitis.

Apr 10th, 2013
STUDY PINPOINTS A POSSIBLE MIGRAINE-TRACKING BIOMARKER

In a small, preliminary study of regular migraine sufferers, scientists have found that measuring a fat-derived protein called adiponectin (ADP) before and after migraine treatment can accurately reveal which headache victims felt pain relief.

Mar 20th, 2013
MEDITATION PROVIDES RELIEF FROM CHRONIC PAIN

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say that people suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions in which stress plays a role – such as arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease — may benefit from a meditation technique known as mindfulness

Jan 24th, 2013
DEPRESSION CAN BE PREVENTED IN EPILEPSY PATIENTS

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy has been shown to reduce the onset of depression in patients suffering from epilepsy, in a study reported at the American Epilepsy Society and conducted by the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Dec 6th, 2012
MENINGITIS: TOLL TOPS 500

The number of cases in the continuing fungal meningitis outbreak has reached 510, with 36 deaths, the CDC reported Monday.

Nov 27th, 2012
WHAT CAN CYMBALTA TEACH US ABOUT PAIN?

You’ve probably noticed widespread TV advertisements lately for Cymbalta, Eli Lilly’s blockbuster antidepressant. However, these ads say nothing about depression.

Nov 20th, 2012
MENINGITIS: NEW DRUG RECALL, 29 DEAD

A sister company of the compounding pharmacy at the heart of the fungal meningitis outbreak that has now claimed 29 lives is voluntarily recalling all its products.

Nov 1st, 2012