abnormal brainstem function may be responsible for irritable bowel syndrome

According to a recent study published in the January 9th issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, abnormal brainstem function may be responsible for irritable bowel syndrome. The purpose of the study was to seek out abnormal neurological responses for anticipated pain. According to Steven Berman, M.D., of UCLA, when patients with irritable bowel syndrome anticipated […]

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Abnormal brainstem function responsible for irritable bowel syndrome?

According to a recent study published in the January 9th issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, abnormal brainstem function may be responsible for irritable bowel syndrome. The purpose of the study was to seek out abnormal neurological responses for anticipated pain. According to Steven Berman, M.D., of UCLA, when patients with irritable bowel syndrome anticipated […]

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Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms Triple with Combat Exposure

Crystal Phen reports in Med Page today (January 16, 2008) that ”posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was three times more common among troops involved in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan than among those not so exposed.” Not so surprisingly, Tyler C. Smith, Ph.D. of the Naval Health Research center found in a prospective population-based cohort study, […]

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Tricks to improve your memory

Having problems remembering what you went into the other room for? In CNN’s Health segment Lisa Mulcahy reports on exercises which can help you stay on task. Here are a few that I found to be potentially helpful, and a couple that were just unusual enough that I may have to try. Problems keeping track […]

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Occupational Therapy Increases Gains for Stroke Patients

A study involving over 1000 individuals recovering from stroke in the U.K. and Hong Kong demonstrated that functionally based Occupational Therapy increased the capacity of the individuals in the study group to perform activities of daily living and  created a lower risk for deterioration. The study  focused on community dwelling OT patients and did not […]

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Where thoughts occur in the brain

A recent study conducted by a team of Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists and computer scientists has identified patterns of activity in the brain whilst looking at particular objects. Participants in the study, while submerged in an MRI scanner, were asked to look at various similarly categorized images, five tools and five dwellings. The categorical similarities […]

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Disaboom

Recently I became aware of disaboom.com, a terrific internet site which offers much in the way of information and resources for people living with a disability and for others seeking information, support and networking. The site is well engineered, easy to use and fun.

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Ambien: A Wonder Drug?

According to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, for decades now, individuals in a minimally conscious state have been given little hope by the medical community, and have been essentially written off and placed in nursing homes. Take the case of George Melendez, who suffered a brain injury when he crashed his car about ten years ago, weeks […]

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Military Pioneers Device to Monitor TBI Exposure

Approximately 2000 soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan will be wearing helmets equipped with a newly developed sensor to monitor their exposure to brain injury arising from IED's. The Department of Defense hopes that the new device will provide data to determine the level of exposure to an explosion which causes brain injury and to help […]

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Is hoarding a personal problem?

This time of year, in light of abundant gifts, gift giving, decorating, and New Year resolutions, people are purposing to get organized. However, there are some people that find that the task of getting organized is much more difficult. According to David F. Tolin, director of the anxiety disorders center at the Institute of Living, […]

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