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Friday, May 20, 2011

ARE YOU UNHAPPY with your Anitdepressant ?

Maybe it’s time for a change.
By Arthur Allen
WebMD Feature

If you’ve ever taken an antidepressant, you know that the first several days or even weeks can be rough. Antidepressants take time to work and some can cause unpleasant side effects like dizziness, nausea, sweaty palms, and diarrhea. When you put all that together, you may start to doubt the value of a medication that takes a month to make you feel better.
Chances are good that you will feel better, eventually. If your response to medication is inadequate after 6-8 weeks, talk with your doctor about modifying your treatment. If after six weeks you are not noticing a change in mood on an antidepressant, it may not be right for you. First, make sure you are taking the drug as directed. Then talk with the doctor about how you feel. The doctor can suggest a variety of combined and alternative treatments, as well as various types of talk therapy that can help improve your depression.
The important thing is to get consistent care from a physician or therapist who is attentive to your responses, says psychiatrist Myrna Weissman, PhD, a professor of epidemiology and psychiatry at Columbia University.

Allow Time to Find the Right Antidepressant





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What to Do When You Lose Health Insurance at Work

The Affordable Care Act is bringing sweeping changes to American health care. Lisa Zamosky is here to help you navigate the health care maze and understand how these changes affect you.
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Reader's Question: Losing Work Health Insurance

Today's blog is devoted to the following reader's question:

My company is no longer going to offer health insurance to its employees and we are going to lose our health insurance coverage and will have to find our own individual policies. What are the pre-existing conditions insurance companies would deny you coverage for, and if denied, what are the other options?

A: There are certain illnesses that almost always result in an application for health insurance on the private market being declined. These would include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and drug and alcohol dependency. Other minor conditions, such as allergies, asthma, mild depression, or well-controlled high blood pressure or migraines may result in a denial from some insurance companies but not others. There is no one industry standard.

Insurance Options

When the health reform law takes full effect in 2014, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny people with pre-existing medical conditions insurance coverage. Until then, there are a number of options to explore.

COBRA

Because you've had coverage through your employer, you would likely qualify forCOBRA Continuation Coverage, which will extend your current health plan for 18 months. Once you've exhausted your COBRA benefits, you're guaranteed by federal law to get a policy on the private insurance market.

Just make sure you obtain a certificate of "credible coverage" from your current insurance company once your COBRA benefits end. This document proves to a new insurer that you had prior coverage; you can be denied a plan without it. Although under these circumstances a policy is guaranteed, you should be aware that in some states insurers can take your health condition into consideration when setting premium rates.

You can find out about local rules at your state's department of insurance. It's also important to note that the price of COBRA often places it out of reach for many people. You'll pay the full cost of your plan (your part and your employer's), plus a 2% administrative fee.

PCIP

Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIP) were set up under health reform to extend coverage for the medically uninsurable. The plans are intended to function as a bridge until 2014, when insurers can no longer deny coverage even to those who are sick.

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Multiple Sclerosis: What Happens During a Relapse?

When you experience a multiple sclerosis relapse (also known as an exacerbation or flare-up), it's because new damage in your brain or spinal cord disrupts nerve signals. That's why you might notice new symptoms or the return of old symptoms. A true relapse lasts more than 24 hours and happens at least 30 days after any previous relapses. Relapses vary in length, severity, and symptoms. Over time, your symptoms should improve. Many people recover from their relapses without treatment.


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Viagra Could Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms, New Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (May 19, 2011) — Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona researchers have discovered that Viagra®  (sildenafil) drastically reduces multiple sclerosis symptoms in animal models with the disease. The research, published inActa Neuropathologica, demonstrates that a practically complete recovery occurs in 50% of the animals after eight days of treatment. Researchers are confident that clinical trials soon will be carried out in patients given that the drug is well tolerated and has been used to treat sexual dysfunction in some multiple sclerosis patients.


Multiple sclerosis is the most common chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system and one of the main causes of disability among young adults. The disease is caused by the presence of multiple focuses of demyelination (loss of myelin sheaths around the axons, affecting the ability of neurons to communicate) and neurodegeneration in different areas of the central nervous system. There is currently no cure for the disease, although some drugs have proven effective in fighting symptoms and preventing it from progressing.

A research team from the UAB Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine directed by Dr Agustina García, in collaboration with the research team directed by Dr Juan Hidalgo from the UAB Institute of Neurosciences, has studied the effects of a treatment using sildenafil, sold as Viagra®, in an animal model of multiple sclerosis known as experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Researchers demonstrated that a daily treatment with sildenafil after disease onset quickly reduced clinical signs, with a practically complete recovery in 50% of the cases after eight days of treatment. Scientists observed how the drug reduced the infiltration of inflammatory cells into the white matter of the spinal cord, thus reducing damage to the nerve cell's axon and facilitating myelin repair

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