Tuesday, October 23, 2007

migraine news roundup 45

New to Somebody Heal Me? Subscribe to the Somebody Heal Me feed:
Subscribe in a reader or subscribe by e-mail. Follow me on Twitter @somebodyhealme.

According to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists this month, patients on moderate doses of morphine-based pain medications over a long term are able to drive as well as people not taking any pain medication.

Morphine Painkillers Won't Impair Driving

The findings suggest that patients who require long-term pain medication may "become tolerant" to side effects that could potentially impair function, said researcher Dr. Asokumar Buvanendran, an associate professor in the
anesthesiology department at Rush.
According to Buvanendran, this study's findings suggest that patients on long-term pain medication may be able to live "like normal functioning people, without the stigma and limitations now associated with long-term pain medication use."

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that family involvement in the treatment of depressed patients helped prevent them from relapsing.

Family Involvement May Help with Repeat Depression

During the 1-year study period, 7 out of 10 patients in each group responded to their respective therapies, researchers report in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

However, just 1 of the 7 responders in the family intervention group, compared with 6 of the 7 responders in the increased dosage group, relapsed during the study period.

According to the American Journal of Public Health, people whose jobs cause them extraordinary stress are at greater risk of experiencing depression.

Work Stress Tied to Higher Depression Risk

Another study found that depression is often a key factor in the decision of middle-aged workers to retire.

Depression Pushes Middle-Aged Workers to Retire

Middle-aged men who suffer with symptoms of depression are more likely to retire early, while retirement-age women often take the leap even if their depressive symptoms are mild.

According to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, one in 10 working adults will experience a bout of depression over the course of the year.

The research team came to these conclusions after examining data from almost 3,000 adults participating in the Health and Retirement Study, a long-term study of mental health and work status drawing from 48 states. The adults were between the ages of 53 and 58 and completed a survey every two years between 1994 and 2002.

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog recently featured helpful information about pursuing an appeal with your insurance company.

Health Insurance 101: Put Your Appeal in Writing

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Subscribe to the Somebody Heal Me feed: Subscribe in a reader or subscribe by e-mail.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Content by Diana E. Lee.