Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year--New Look

With a New Year comes the reminder to review the key documents we have prepared that deal with very important issues! Ask yourself this question, If I was having a will, a trust or a power of attorney form prepared today would I do it differently than what I have presently?  Do I have the correct destinations of beneficiaries on my IRA, 401(k) or life insurance? I can't tell you how many times that after the passing of a loved one that family members told me that Mom or Dad had intended on changing this or that but it never happened. Do I still want that same person to handle my money if I become disabled? Who now is the best person to make health care decisions for me if I can't make them myself? Have you lost a child since your documents were originally prepared? Have you bought or sold your house? Would you like to do something to assist your grandchildren with their education? Have some family members excluded you from their life and family?

Now is the time to get this done. I will guarantee you that you feel more at ease when these issues are addressed. So give me a call and we can discuss the various options.


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Sunday, December 29, 2013

A New Focus on Depression--Researchers sharing ideas

Of all the major illnesses, mental or physical, depression has been one of the toughest to subdue. Despite the ubiquity of antidepressant drugs — there are now 26 to choose from — only a third of patients with major depression will experience a full remission after the first round of treatment, and successive treatments with different drugs will give some relief to just 20 to 25 percent more. About 30 percent of people with depression have some degree of treatment resistance. And the greater the degree of resistance, the more likely a future relapse, even if the patient continues taking the drug.

A major drawback of our current antidepressants is that they rely on animal models that have been used for decades, yielding drugs that all work the same way. Novel drugs require identification of new targets in the brain and better animal models in which to screen them.

“A complex problem like depression is much larger than one scientist or lab can handle,” said the leader of the group at the Hope foundation, Huda Akil, a professor of neurosciences and psychiatry at the University of Michigan. “What is great about our collaboration is that we can think about big ideas and take risks without worrying about what grant reviewers” — like the National Institute of Mental Health, the major source of federal funding for psychiatric research — “might think.”

Read how enlightened philanthropists and entrepreneurs are helping to open a promising new pathway for neuroscience research: collaboration among researchers. Read more about this in the artcle written by Dr. Richard A. Friedman is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. found at the New York Times http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/23/a-new-focus-on-depression/?partner=rss&emc=rss


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Friday, April 5, 2013

A New Endorsement for Fish

Now a new analysis relying on blood tests and years of clinical exams confirms that higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk for heart disease and death in people over age 65. The blood tests were used to track the levels of three different types of omega-3 in 2,692 randomly selected people, average age 74 at the start of the study, for 14 years. All were generally healthy and without previous heart disease. None used fish oil supplements.
 
The lead author, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard, said that the most beneficial levels could be achieved by consuming an average of 400 milligrams of omega-3s a day — the equivalent of weekly consumption of about 3.5 ounces of farmed salmon, 5 ounces of anchovies or herring, or 15 to 18 ounces of cod or catfish. While greater amounts may have some additional benefits, he said, “The most bang for the buck is going from zero to some.”

Would omega-3 supplements work just as well as eating fish? “Some previous trials of supplements showed benefits,” Dr. Mozaffarian said. “Some more recent have not. So I think it’s a little uncertain what’s going on.”
In any case, he said, supplements may be the answer for some people: “If you don’t eat fish, take supplements, and if you want to take supplements in addition to eating fish, no harm in doing that.”

Read about this story in the New York Time, Health and Science Section at   http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/a-new-endorsement-for-fish/?partner=rss&emc=rss


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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Multiple Sclerosis Balloon Therapy Fails in Study

The treatment uses balloons — the type commonly employed to open blocked arteries in people with heart disease — to widen veins in the head and neck. The technique is based on the unproven theory that narrowed veins cause multiple sclerosis by stopping blood from draining out of the brain properly, which is thought to damage nerves and the fatty sheath, myelin, that insulates them. A vascular surgeon from Italy, Dr. Paolo Zamboni, is the leading proponent of the idea. 

Researchers at the University at Buffalo recruited 20 patients with the disease to test the theory. Half were picked at random to receive the treatment, and the other half underwent a “sham” procedure in which doctors did not actually use balloons. The patients did not know whether their veins had been expanded, and neither did the people who assessed them later. The patients were monitored for six months. 

There were no significant differences between the two groups in symptoms or tests used to measure the quality of life, the researchers reported last month at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in San Diego. In a few cases, brain lesions associated with the disease actually seemed to worsen after the treatment. 

Dr. Adnan Siddiqui, who led the study, said the increased lesions were a sign of potential harm from the treatment. He said the results surprised even the researchers because they thought there might be some benefit. He emphasized that the study was small and needed to be verified by more research.
But based on the findings, he said, the balloon treatment should not be used except in studies that are carefully designed to find out whether there are any patients who might be helped by it. 

Read about this in the New York Times in an article written by Denise Grady at  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/health/multiple-sclerosis-balloon-therapy-fails-in-study.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Tight Deadlines and Lagging Funds Bedevil Obama Health Care Law

It was another turbulent week for President Obama’s health care law. Congress rejected a White House request for nearly $1 billion to carry out the law, even as federal responsibilities increased to include the supervision of insurance markets in more than half the states.After extensive research, the administration said it was unwise to tell consumers that they could get “health insurance that fits your budget.” That message, it said, is “seen as highly motivational, but not as believable.” 

But in its latest poll, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that two-thirds of the uninsured said they did not have enough information to understand how the law would affect them. Public opinion remains deeply divided, with 40 percent of Americans having an unfavorable view of the law and 37 percent holding a favorable view. 

The administration says 41 million people may be eligible for new insurance options. Of that number, 28 million live in states where the federal government will be running the exchanges, by itself or in partnership with state officials. One-fifth of those eligible have not graduated from high school.

Read about this in the New York Times by Robert Pear at  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/23/us/politics/deadlines-and-lagging-funds-bedevil-obama-health-care-law.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

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