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Hepatitis C: gone for good?

WASHINGTON, February 4, 2014—Dr. Mitchell Shiffman of the Bon Secours Liver Institute of Virginia has declared, “there is no doubt we are on the verge of wiping out Hepatitis C.” Dr. Arthur Rubens entered into a clinical trial to test a new pill against Hepatitis C (Hep C) saying “taking it was a piece of ...

February is National Heart Month: Celebrity showcases prevention

SAN DIEGO, February 4, 2014 — The world was astounded when beloved actor James Gandolfini died of a heart attack last year. At the age of 51, his life was suddenly cut short as he left behind his wife, his children, and multitudes of grieving fans. “The idea that a heart attack is ‘natural’ for ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman and heroin: silent suicide

NEW YORK, February 3, 2014—Philip Seymour Hoffman probably had no clue he overdosed or an intent to die. Yet he, as so many others in the last 45 years, either scored too pure a quality of heroin or “booted” to much in one sitting. Even seasoned abusers get taken by surprise. Unfortunately, they are unaware ...

The over-diagnosing of ADHD

“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking it’s stupid” –Albert Einstein WASHINGTON, February 1, 2014—The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, The Psychiatric Times and The American Psychological Association, among many other studies and reports, suggest Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention ...

17 facts about our dreams

WASHINGTON, January 30, 2013—Back in the early 1960s, the songwriting/singing sensation The Everly Brothers scored a major hit with a song that opened with the lyrics; “Dream, dream, dream, dream, dream, dream, dream, dream.”  Listeners had a good clue as to the topic of the song. The Everly Brothers certainly were not the first to ...

Getting ripped off on generic drug prices?

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2014—You may be paying far too much for your generic prescription if you did not price shop prior to getting the prescription filled. Savings by price shopping for prescriptions may yield similar results as shopping around for cars, shoes or anything else. PBS NewsHour reporter Megan Thompson interviewed her own mother, Carol, ...

Boston Hospital claim in Pediatrics magazine: Is SIDS resolved?

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2013–A December 13, 2013 Boston Hospital press release claims infants that suffer sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the name given to a condition or series of conditions that causes sudden death in infants, have brain stem abnormalities regardless of environment. A report in Pediatrics cites research by an investigative team led by ...

Fibromyalgia: The critical importance of REM sleep

WASHINGTON, January 26, 2013—As research reveals fibromyalgia (FMS) to be a physical syndrome and not from a psychological source, many sufferers feel substantial relief after having been told by physicians (PCP) that the affliction is “all in the mind.” Now research is finding that REM sleep may be important in controlling FMS symptoms. Unfortunately, erroneous ...

Fibromyalgia: The stigma and the truth

WASHINGTON- January 24, 2013—Those suffering from fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) now have undeniable proof that their illness is not psychogenic or psychosomatic (in the mind), thanks to a plethora of new and current findings from the most respected medical research facilities in the U.S.A. After years of being ignored and told that it was all in ...

Can energy drinks kill?

WASHINGTON, January 21, 2014—Questions regarding the possible negative health effects of energy drinks continue to surface, as drinks like Red Bull, Monster and Relentless are blamed for heart problems, seizures, inaccurate ADHD diagnoses in children and even death in some cases. Twenty-four-year-old Mita Duran was a hardworking copywriter in Thailand. Duran often bragged of her ...

The truth about fibromyalgia and vitamin D

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2014–New studies prove vitamin D to be a critical factor for fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) pain abatement and confirm multiple determinations that FMS is a physical disorder. Recent research indicates that vitamin D, a hormone found in bones, muscles, immune cells, brain cells and every receptor, may be a piece in the larger ...

Is this year’s flu deadly?

WASHINGTON- January 16, 2014—This year’s flu is on-track to be one of the worst in recent history. This flu, called A-(H3N2), arrived earlier this year than any year over the past decade and has already reached pandemic levels, with active cases in 47 states. The peak of the disease generally comes in February, so the ...