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Orphan Drugs: Hope Where There Is Little or No Hope


NEW YORK, N.Y., February 18, 2004 ? On a visit to his doctor, Gary Jacob received distressing news ? not about himself, but a friend of the doctor's.

Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness


As a physician specializing in psychiatry, I know that many emotional conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders are true medical illnesses with a biologic (physical) origin. Psychiatry has become more and more "biological" in its diagnosis and treatment approaches during recent years, but a very significant stigma still exists against those who are seeing a therapist. This has become increasingly difficult to understand, but it is a social stigma that is so very important to eliminate.

Give Me Accutane or Give Me Death: The Politics of Prescriptions


Any teenager will tell you that acne can drive you crazy, but is it dismal enough to drive you to kill yourself? Since its market debut in 1982, enraged parents and lawyers have implicated Accutane in the hospitalizations and suicide deaths of over 200 teenagers in the US.

Chronic Head, Facial, Or Neck Pain That Won?t Go Away - Could It Be TMJ?


I stumbled across TMJ when I needed treat a literal pain in the neck that would not go away. It seemed that the pain in my neck came from my jaws. ?TMJ? refers to disorders of the jaw muscles and of the temporomandibular joint, the hinge at the side of the head that joins the lower jaw, mandible, to the temporal bone of the skull. TMJ expert John Taddey, D.D.S. states that one the most common symptoms of TMJ is a dull, aching pain around the ears which can radiate to the neck, shoulders, and back of the head. These symptoms may be coupled with tenderness of the jaw muscles and a headache.

Taking The Sting Out Of Bug Bites


(NC)-In most cases insect bites are harmless and if left alone, the irritation will subside within 48 hours.

Arthritis Pain Relief : Questions To Ask Your Healthcare Provider


A great place to begin taking charge of you arthritis pain relief and prevention planning is by making an appointment with your healthcare provider and finding out more about your condition and treatment options.

Testosterone Therapy in XXI Century


Nowadays many people are familiar with the appellation of ?low testosterone level?. What does it mean? It mean that male body produce less amounts of this hormone than necessary.

The Highway to Health - Bumped Heads


I recently had a reader send me this comment:

Why Drug Companies are Naughty and 5 Remedies to Cure the Symptoms


With the hum of the election campaign and the debate of ?big business,? versus human interest, I decided to do a bit of muckraking into the art and science of the recent removal of Merck?s Vioxx. My motivation of course; to look for clues as to the role drug companies play in our health and wellness (or lack thereof).

How Do I Choose The Best Arthritis Medicine?


Are you spending a fortune on prescription arthritis medicines? Are they helping? Are you concerned about side effects? You may think a particular drug is a miraculous godsend. Yet, someone you know may take the same dose only to experience little relief and life-threatening side effects. All of the choices can be confusing.

Hypertension & High Blood Pressure: How To Improve Life Threatening Weight-Related Diseases


The American Heart Association estimates that one of three Americans have have hypertension. And yet many of us don?t know what it is, why it?s dangerous, and what the treatment options are.

The Last Line of Defense Against Medication Errors: What You Need to Know to Keep your Family Safe


This is a true story.

Over The Counter Drugs: How To Safely Choose The Right Medication


What Medication Can Cure Me?

Powerful Arthritis Pain Relief For All Of Us


When you ask what arthritis is, professinals will tell you it's inflammation of one or more joints. But you know it better as pain, swelling, stiffness, deformity, and/or a diminished range of motion of those joints! It's estimated that over 50 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other related conditions.

Questions to Your Physician or Psychotherapist


According to ongoing research about the needs of patients with emotional problems misinformation or shame to speak about the problem with the doctor or psychotherapist is a major limitation to treatment success. However, transparency, good information and participation in the course of the therapy is the most important factor for a lasting positive result. Maybe the following list of the most relevant questions might help you to get good information about your personal somatic or psychological problems, diagnosis and treatment options.

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