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Revolutionary stem-cell ALS treatment begins advanced trials
 By Guest Column   --Medical News

As the Ice Bucket Challenge raises millions for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an Israeli treatment to ease symptoms and slow the progression of ALS and other incurable neuromuscular diseases is going into Phase 2 clinical trials in three major US medical centers.



Potential therapy for the Sudan strain of ebola could help contain some future outbreaks
 By American Chemical Society   --Medical News

Ebola is a rare, but deadly disease that exists as five strains, none of which have approved therapies. One of the most lethal strains is the Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV). Although not the strain currently devastating West Africa, SUDV has caused widespread illness, even as recently as 2012. In a new study appearing in the journal ACS Chemical Biology, researchers now report a possible therapy that could someday help treat patients infected with SUDV.



New study throws into question long-held belief about depression
 By American Chemical Society   --Medical News

New evidence puts into doubt the long-standing belief that a deficiency in serotonin — a chemical messenger in the brain — plays a central role in depression. In the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience, scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains (and thus should have been “depressed” by conventional wisdom) did not show depression-like symptoms.







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A nine-billion-dollar-a-year industry
 By Patrick D Hahn

Part 1: “I’ve lost everything
Part 2: A double whammy
Part 3: A nine-billion-dollar-a-year industry

Anxiety, fear, and terror are universal human experiences. It is only within the 150 years that they have come to be regarded as “diseases” that can and should be treated by the medical profession.



A double whammy
 By Patrick D Hahn

Part 1: “I’ve lost everything”
Part 2: A double whammy
The article was buried in the New York Times health blog: “Anti-anxiety drugs tied to higher mortality.”

The article referred to a study, published March 19 in the online version of BMJ, by psychiatrist Scott Weich of the University of Warwick and his colleagues.



Are West Africans Needlessly Dying From The Ebola Virus?
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

“Those who do not remember history are destined to relive it”, is an often quoted saying. But the great tragedy is that by failing to read history, researchers and doctors have, in the past, condemned millions to die from viral disease. Now it is happening again in West Africa. So what will happen if a case of Ebola disease occurs in this country?







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“I’ve lost everything”
 By Patrick D Hahn

Part 1: “I’ve lost everything”
Part 2: A double whammy

“Now that I’m dependent on these benzos I’ve lost everything I’ve had in my life.”

So says George, a young man who was prescribed Ativan and Klonopin for anxiety.



“My quality of life shot”
 By Patrick D Hahn

Part 1: “I was in a coma for four days
Part 2: “It was really a sham
Part 3: “My quality of life shot

Between 1994 and 2007, annual per-patient spending on diabetes drugs more than doubled, from $495 to $1048 per. A study by Doctor Caleb Alexander of the University of Chicago Hospitals found that during the same period, the three-year death rate for people with type 2 diabetes dropped by less than one in two hundred.



Tending the wounds of war
 By Guest Column

After describing the medical condition of each IDF soldier he has come to know personally, Prof. Jochanan Peiser turns his head to wipe away a tear from under his glasses.



“It was really a sham”
 By Patrick D Hahn

Part 1: “I was in a coma for four days
Part 2: “It was really a sham
Part 3: “My quality of life shot

Hot on the heels of the Avandia debacle, is history about to repeat itself?



Death In The Electronic Age
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

Do you want to die at an early age? I doubt that many people would be willing to say “Yes” to this question. But a report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says this is going to happen unless North Americans learn about the dangers of the electronic age. Fortunately there is a solution. But are people willing to accept the advice?



“I was in a coma for four days”
 By Patrick D Hahn

Part 1: “I was in a coma for four days
Part 2: “It was really a sham
Part 3: “My quality of life shot

Amy Lynn Evans remembers the onset of the illness that left her with seven hundred thousand dollars in medical bills.



The statinization of society
 By Patrick D Hahn

Part 1: A $29-billion-dollar-a-year industry
Part 2: The selling of a disease
Part 3: The statinization of society

In 2011, the Cochrane Collaboration published a meta-analysis, or a study of studies, on the effectiveness of statins for primary prevention of CVD. They concluded that 223 people with no previous history of CVD would have to be treated with statins for three years in order to avert one death. Even that figure was an exaggeration, since the meta-analysis included studies in which as many as 10 percent of participants did have a previous history of CVD. The authors concluded “Only limited evidence showed that primary prevention with statins may be cost effective and improve patient quality of life. Caution should be taken in prescribing statins for primary prevention among people at low cardiovascular risk.”






















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