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Physiological and Psychological Therapy Beneficial for Back Pain

October 20, 2015

A combination of physiological and psychological treatment has been found to be very beneficial in the treatment of back pain. According to researchers, Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy releases psychological stress in persons who suffer from chronic back pain, and that helps make their physiological treatment much more effective.

According to the researchers, doctors who use this therapy will be able to help reduce back pain in patients, and also reduce the cost of treatment. Many back pain patients suffer from stress, and also may turn fear-avoidant, a mindset in which they fear taking part in any kind of activity because they are afraid that their back pain will get worse. For such people, finding an effective back pain treatment is very important and also very challenging.

The researchers conducted a pilot study in which they combined physical as well as psychological approaches to treating the problem, and found that chronic back pain could be treated more effectively with a combination of these approaches. Persons who participated in Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy found it was beneficial in treating their back pain.

Chronic back pain is a major contributor to disability in the United States, and is one of the more common musculoskeletal conditions. Every year, thousands of individuals find that they can no longer continue in their former job because their back pain is so debilitating and painful. Any new treatment options should be fully investigated to determine their effectiveness for patients will different types of back pain.

Researchers Look at Stem Cell Transplants for Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

March 22, 2015
Patients who suffer from the debilitating condition multiple sclerosis (MS) may have new hope for treatment. Researchers have announced findings from a small clinical trial, which indicated significant benefits from the use of a patient's own stem cells. As part of the trial, patients were given a transplant of hematopoietic stem cells from their own bodies. According to researchers, patients experienced disease remission after the transplant. These particular types of stem cells are involved in the formation of blood, and are sourced from bone marrow. As part of the trial, patients were also given high-dose immunosuppressive medications. The study's findings were published recently in JAMA Neurology, and focused on an evaluation of 24 patients who suffered from MS. They suffered from a type of multiple sclerosis called active relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, in which the patients have certain phases in which the condition is very active, followed by certain phases in which they do not experience any symptoms at all. Researchers found that an overwhelming majority of patients, close to 80%, who underwent stem cell transplants regained complete neurologic function, and continued to retain it for three years after treatment. They also found that patients did not see any aggravation of their symptoms after the stem cell transplant. They also did not see the development of any new lesions after the procedure. In more than 90% of the cases, there was no progression of the disease, and in 86% of the cases, there were no more periods of relapse. The Social Security Administration (SSA) does consider MS to be a disability that qualifies for benefits, but that doesn't automatically qualify you for an approved claim. Speak to an Atlanta Social Security disability attorney about the criteria that your condition must meet for you to be eligible for benefits.

TBI Study Questions Effectiveness of Progesterone

March 17, 2015

Progesterone, long regarded as a reliable treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI), and regularly administered to patients with such conditions, may not be as effective in treating the injury as earlier believed.

According to the results of a new study that was published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine, when the drug was administered over a period of five days after patients suffered a traumatic brain injury, there was no significant improvement in the clinical outcomes of the patients.

In the trial, researchers monitored 1,195 patients between 16 and 17 years of age. The patients suffered from TBI, and were divided into two groups randomly. One group received progesterone, while the other was placed on a placebo. The patients received the progesterone within eight hours after suffering the injury. The treatment continued over 120 hours.

The researchers found that there was no significant change in the patients' clinical outcomes after being administered progesterone.

The results of progesterone therapy were measured using the Glasgow Outcome scale, and indicated that just over 50% of patients had good recovery or moderate disability after treatment. In comparison, 50% of the patients who were placed on the placebo had similar results.

This only seems to confirm the difficulty in treating a patient with a traumatic brain injury. TBI can be of various types, and can affect different people in different ways. There are long-term consequences of the disease that are only now coming to light.
Therefore, persons who have suffered a traumatic brain injury must immediately begin to work on filing a claim for disability benefits, especially when consequences of the injury prevent them from going to work and earning a living.

Diabetes Linked to Accelerated Cognitive Decline: Will I Qualify for Disability Benefits?

February 28, 2015

According to new research in the Annals of Internal Medicine Journal, people who are unable to control their diabetes are much more likely to experience a faster rate of cognitive decline. This would include the onset of symptoms such as poor memory, poor word recall, and impaired functioning. According to the recent study, approximately 19% of the participants who were analyzed were found to experience such symptoms. In fact, researchers found that these participants experienced cognitive decline five years earlier than people who did not suffer from diabetes.

Cognitive decline can be extremely difficult for an individual, and it is often associated with dementia. A large number of studies now link diabetes to dementia. For example, one study found that people who suffer from Type II diabetes have a higher risk of suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Controlling diabetes is critical, and studies continue to point to the serious long-term health consequences of failure to control blood sugar levels.

Persons with diabetes who want to apply for Social Security disability benefits must prove that their condition prevents them from performing activities in the work environment. If follows that not everybody who suffers from diabetes automatically qualifies for benefits. If your diabetes is under control and does not impair your ability to live a normal life, it is highly unlikely that you will receive benefits. However, if you have limitations with bending, standing, sitting for long periods of time, you may be entitled to disability payments. In addition, the existence of complications such as renal failure and impaired vision may also help an applicant quality for social security disability benefits.

Recreational Running May Reduce Osteoarthritis Knee Risk

February 17, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, running could actually be beneficial to knee health. According to a new study, recreational running does not have any link to the development of osteoarthritis, and may actually be beneficial to the knee joint.

Earlier studies which have pointed to an association between running and knee arthritis usually focused on professional male runners. However, according to researchers, their new study focused only on non-elite recreational runners. Based on an analysis of 2,683 participants, researchers found that the prevalence of knee pain was lower among runners as compared to non-runners. Among runners, the knee pain rate was 35%, as compared to 41% for those who did not run.

It may be too early to conclude that running has a direct effect on knee health, and therefore directly contributes to a reduced risk of osteoarthritis. Runners generally tend to be closer to their ideal weight and fitter, and are also likely to follow a healthier lifestyle compared to non-runners. These may also be reasons for the reduced occurrence of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis and Social Security Disability Benefits

Having osteoarthritis does not necessarily mean that you will qualify for disability benefits. You may not qualify for benefits even if you suffer from mild or occasional pain and stiffness in the joints.

To qualify for benefit payments, your symptoms must severely restrict your ability to move around, stand for long periods of time, or get up from a seated position. Additionally, if your symptoms affect your ability to use your hands, or prevent you from performing other essential routine work activities, then you have a better chance of recovering benefits.

If you have questions about whether your osteoarthritis symptoms will qualify for disability benefits, speak with an experienced social security lawyer as soon as possible.

Drug Studies Show Hope for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

February 11, 2015

Researchers working on a treatment for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) have reported progress. According to the teams from New York's Rockefeller University and the University of California-Riverside, they have both used Indazole Chloride to successfully reverse the symptoms of MS. The studies were conducted in mice, and they found that the drug triggered regeneration of the protective coating of the nerve, or myelin sheath, that is typically destroyed when MS sets in.

Multiple Sclerosis is a condition in which a person may suffer from a steady and progressive breakdown of the nervous system, including the senses of hearing and vision, and motor control. As the disease progresses, the person may suffer from problems walking, difficulty with coordination, numb sensations in the arms or legs, muscular weakness, vision problems, hearing loss, loss of balance, and speech problems. Often times, a person with MS may suffer from complete and permanent paralysis.

MS is a disease that affects the body's immune system and it's estimated that, in the United States alone. more than 40,000 people suffer this debilitating disease.

Multiple Sclerosis and Social Security Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) specifically lists Multiple Sclerosis in its listing of impairments that qualify for disability benefits. However, not all patients who suffer from this condition are eligible for benefits. Your multiple sclerosis symptoms must meet certain criteria for you to qualify for Social Security payments. You must suffer from a severe deterioration in your vision, have difficulty walking or using your hands, suffer partial paralysis of your limbs, have severe muscle fatigue or weakness, suffer from memory loss, or battle nerve disturbances that affect your ability to work.

Disability Benefits for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

January 13, 2015

Recent studies found that skin lesions, which are a symptom of Hidradenitis Suppurativa, can very often be contaminated by dangerous bacteria. These pathogens are linked to skin infections and soft tissue infections.

According to research recently published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, when researchers studied these lesions, and tested for bacterial cultures on some samples, they found bacteria that were specific to skin infections and soft tissue infections. The researchers suggest that antimicrobial therapy for the treatment of Hidradenitis Suppurativa be continued in patients.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a skin condition that is characterized by painful abscesses, which can appear all over the body or only in some parts. Typically however, these lesions occur in those parts of the body that produce a lot of sweat and oil glands. Lesions therefore typically appear in the armpits, pubic area, and inner thighs. A person who suffers from this condition may have chronic inflammation of the skin, and lesions that are painful and filled with pus.

A condition like this is undoubtedly traumatic, but does the person qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that this condition can be disabling, and includes it in its listing of impairments that qualify for benefits. However, in order to qualify for the benefits, certain criteria must be met.

Your lesions must qualify as extensive skin lesions, and must appear in your underarms, groin, or a perineum. These lesions must have been present for a minimum of three months. However, even if your symptoms do not match these, you may still qualify for benefits if you're able to show that the lesions are painful or disabling enough to impair your ability to work.

To understand if you qualify for disability benefits for Hidradenitis Suppurativa, speak with an experienced Social Security disability benefits attorney as soon as possible.

New Approaches to the Treatment of Schizophrenia Focus on Eliminating Distractions

November 19, 2014

Schizophrenia is a severe and disabling medical disorder that can cause delusions and hallucinations. Persons who suffer from this condition often find it very difficult to have a coherent conversation because of mental distractions. New medical approaches to the treatment of this serious condition are focusing on eliminating distractions in a person's mind that prevent him or her from thinking clearly.

Many persons with schizophrenia find it difficult to stay on topic, because their minds frequently jump from issue to issue. Researchers currently working on treatments for schizophrenia have focused less on eliminating delusions, and more on helping patients think clearly. One of the techniques being implemented is the use of pharmaceutical drugs that improve memory and enhance brain performance. A number of pharmaceutical companies are currently dedicating resources to developing these medications, but success has been slow. Therefore, some clinicians have begun using exercise and fish oil pills that are believed to be good for the brain.

In other clinics, doctors are recommending special computer games that are designed to train schizophrenics to simply tune out distractions in their mind, and focus on performing simple instructions. These doctors believe that antipsychotic drugs can only do so much to help deal with the distractions in the person's mind. They do not believe that video games will completely replace antipsychotic drugs, but they do believe that helping these patients tune out such distractions can help provide them a better quality of life.

If you suffer from schizophrenia, you may be eligible for disability benefits under the Social Security program, but it's important to have a dedicated lawyer working on your behalf.

Regular Exercise Helps Relieve ADHD Symptoms

November 14, 2014

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who participate in regular exercise may see enhanced memory, cognitive skills and mental preparedness as a result.

According to research recently published in The Journal of Pediatrics children who took part in regular physical activity or exercise showed much greater improvements in cognitive performance than children who did not. According to researchers, the findings support a growing movement to increase physical activity among children who suffer from ADHD.

Physical exercise and activities are good for all children and adults, but are often highly recommended for children who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In fact, researchers found that certain activities may help ADHD sufferers resist distraction, and increase memory and cognitive proficiency. In the study, children were able to switch from task to task much more easily after they had engaged in physical exercise.

In fact, physical activity seems to benefit children with ADHD more than children who don't suffer from the condition. Another study found that exercise and physical activity programs helped children improve their math and reading test scores, especially children who suffered from ADHD.

Children who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may be eligible for benefits under the Social Security disability program, but there are complex issues involved in the filing and determination processes. Contact an experienced disability attorney for help with your benefits request.

Brain Injuries May Affect Girls Differently Than Boys

October 27, 2014

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the impairments that is listed in the Social Security Administration (SSA) impairments listing, which categorizes illnesses that are eligible for disability benefits.

A new study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that girls may have different responses to traumatic brain injuries, compared to males. According to the study, teenage girls who suffered a concussion, or a mild traumatic brain injury, are much more likely to suffer difficulties such as psychological issues, suicidal thoughts, smoking, and being the victims of bullying.

Those are interesting study results, because traumatic brain injuries typically affect more numbers of boys than girls. Approximately 2.5 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury that is serious enough to require a visit to an emergency room, and those injuries are much more common among males. However, girls are likely to suffer injuries in bicycle accidents, while playing sports, and during cheerleading.

Any type of head injury is very serious, and symptoms and complications can linger or appear long after the initial event which caused the injury. Please seek medical help as soon after an injury to the skull as possible.

Feds Approve Treatment for Persons with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

September 2, 2014

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new treatment for the respiratory condition called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

According to the FDA, patients who suffer from this often deadly ailment now have a new tool with which to treat symptoms. The medication is delivered via inhaler, with a spray called Striverdi Respimat and the active ingredient known as olodaterol. It is believed that the drug works by relaxing the airway muscles in the lungs. The drug is often prescribed to be taken once a day, and can be used over a prolonged period of time.

The FDA has conducted testing of the medication, including comparison with a placebo. More than 3,000 people with a diagnosis of COPD were included in the study. Those who used the inhaler were compared to a control group that took a placebo. The researchers found that those who were on the medication exhibited improved lung function compared to those who were on the placebo

However, the medication may not be for everyone. People who suffer from COPD that is in a state of rapid progression should avoid taking the drug. In these people, the medication could actually cause complications, including cardiac problems. It is also not recommended for people who suffer from asthma, or people who suffer from any kind of sudden breathing problems.

Before taking any medication, it is important to consult with your doctor.

COPD is included in the Social Security impairment listing. If you suffer from COPD, and would like to learn about your options for disability benefits, call attorney Lisa Siegel today.

Body Vibration Therapy May Benefit Fibromyalgia Patients

July 1, 2014

Patients with fibromyalgia may benefit from a new therapy that involves whole-body vibration exercise.

Whole-body vibration exercise is not new, and has been used for the treatment of symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome. However, research on the effectiveness of this therapy in treating this painful condition has been sporadic. Now, however, scientists from Indiana University have announced the results of a pilot study which they say indicates that the therapy is very promising in treating symptoms of fibromyalgia.
As part of the study, patients who suffered from fibromyalgia were asked to sit, stand, and lay on a machine that came with a vibrating platform. When the machine was turned on, the vibrations caused the patient's muscles to contract and relax. Subjects reported a significant alleviation of muscular pain.

According to researchers, what is really beneficial about this therapy is that it encourages patients to exercise who otherwise would avoid it because of the accompanying pain. When patients who have fibromyalgia avoid exercise, it only leads to weight gain, and also leads to other conditions that can only worsen symptoms. Those conditions include type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension.
More studies are needed to further confirm the benefits of this whole-body vibration exercise. However, the study seems to indicate that patients did report and experience better strength, increased muscular spasticity, and reduced pain.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia appear because of a disconnect between the nerves and the brain. About 5 million American adults currently suffer from symptoms of fibromyalgia that include severe pain, stiffness in the morning, and sleep disorders.

Drinking Milk Could Slow Progression of Arthritis in Women

May 27, 2014

Persons who suffer from debilitating knee arthritis may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits if the pain impairs their ability to work and earn a living.

Something as simple as drinking six glasses of milk per week could actually help slow down the progression of painful and disabling knee arthritis in women. According to new research that was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH), women who drink more quantities of low fat and fat-free milk see a slower progression of knee arthritis. However, the same results were not seen when men drank the same amount of milk. Furthermore, women in the study did not see the same types of benefits when they consumed other dairy products, such as yogurt or cheese.

Researchers were looking at the effect of dairy products on the progression of knee arthritis, a fairly common form of osteoarthritis, which affects nearly 27 million Americans above the age of 25. Women tend to be much more frequent victims of knee arthritis, which can lead to consistent and disabling pain. The study analyzed more than 1,200 women and monitored the progression of knee arthritis in these women when they consumed significant quantities of milk.

Researchers believe that the fact that estrogen is closely linked to bone health may help explain why consumption of milk benefits females much more than it does males. Similarly, cheese is high in some unhealthy fats, which also may explain why knee arthritis symptoms were accelerated because of cheese consumption.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Kidney Disease

May 9, 2014

Persons who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis may experience a number of symptoms including swelling, pain and fatigue that may prevent them from standing for long periods of time, or performing certain routine activities. A new study finds that persons who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis may actually be at a much higher risk for suffering kidney disease.

The study which was conducted at Mayo Clinic focused on 813 people who had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and compared them with another group of people who did not suffer from the condition. They found that over a period of 20 years, persons who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis had a 25% risk of developing chronic kidney disease. In the general population, the risk was 20%. According to researchers, that may not seem like a statistically significant disparity, but it is quite a big difference, and creates serious implications for the management of rheumatoid arthritis.

Typically, a person who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis may suffer from stiffness of the joints because of inflammation. In fact, this is a hallmark characteristic of this condition, and the stiffened joints make the upper and lower extremities difficult to use. Apart from stiffness, patients may also suffer from chronic pain and severe fatigue, both of which affect their ability to work. Approximately one out of three people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis leave their jobs.

If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and believe you are eligible for disability benefits, call Atlanta Social Security disability benefits attorney Lisa Siegel.

New Non-Surgical Treatment for Knee Arthritis Show Promising Signs

April 28, 2014

Knee osteoarthritis causes chronic pain, stiffness, and difficulty in walking, often making it challenging for individuals to perform routine activities. As a result, going back to work may not be an option for persons with this medical condition. Now, researchers have announced a new non-surgical technique to treat the pain and stiffness that accompanies knee osteoarthritis.

The technique has been developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. According to researchers, they have experimented with a two-solution treatment, which involves a series of injections that are administered to the knee region. This therapy is called prolotherapy, and the results of the study were recently published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Researchers reported substantial improvement in symptoms in a group of participants who were monitored over a one year period. During the testing time, participants received at least three of the two-solution injections. The researchers found that there was an improvement in symptoms varying from 19.5% to 42.9% compared to the person's original status.

Additionally, researchers reported that there was improvement in pain, function and stiffness beyond the minimum clinically important difference in approximately 50% to 75% of the patients.

There is no separate category for knee osteoarthritis for a person to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. However, if the condition has proven to be so severe that the person suffers from regular, chronic and severe pain or stiffness, and is not able to stand, walk or perform important routine activities that are essential to the performing of his job, he may be eligible for benefits.