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Does glucosamine really help arthritis?

Glucosamine is a dietary supplement that many people take to treat arthritis. But does it really work? Not according to the first large, long-term study testing it on people suffering from chronic lower back pain caused by arthritis.

By Rob Stein  |  July 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine , Chronic Conditions , Disabilities  
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Hard of hearing for the holidays

If your dad seems a bit standoffish or withdrawn at your holiday gatherings this year, or if your great aunt keeps asking people to quit mumbling and repeat themselves, they may not be persnickety. Those behaviors can be signs of hearing loss. That was the message I got in a...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  December 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Aging , Chronic Conditions , Disabilities  
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For "Glee," a wheelchair misstep?

Fox Broadcasting Company's breakout hit show "Glee" tackled a tough issue in the episode aired last Wednesday evening: Is it possible for able-bodied high-school kids to really understand what life is like for a kid in a wheelchair? Left to right: Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley and...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  November 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Disabilities  
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Virus Associated With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Scientists have found evidence that a virus may play a role in chronic fatigue syndrome. Vincent C. Lombardi of the Whittemore Peterson Institute in Reno, Nev., and scientists elsewhere studied 101 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, a baffling, debilitating and controversial condition that affects an estimated 17 million people worldwide....

By Rob Stein  |  October 8, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions , Disabilities , Women's Health  
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Gene Therapy For Colorblindness?

Scientists say they have used gene therapy to enable colorblind monkeys to see red and green, possibly opening the door to curing colorblindness in people. Jay Neitz of the University of Washington in Seattle and his colleagues injected gene-carrying viruses into the retinas of two male squirrel monkeys, which are...

By Rob Stein  |  September 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions , Disabilities , Family Health , General Health  
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A New Wind A-Blowin' for Medical Marijuana?

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters Wednesday that federal law-enforcement officials will no longer go after providers of marijuana that's used for medicinal purposes in the 13 states in which medical marijuana is legal unless that service is just a front for unlawful activities. That announcement will no doubt...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  March 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs , Alternative and Complementary Medicine , Chronic Conditions , Disabilities , General Health , Health Policy , Neurological disorders , Smoking  
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