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Steroids Like Prednisone Impact Mental Health

By Dr. Mitchell Hecht Q: My mother was prescribed prednisone for a bout of bronchitis, but it made her go crazy. She stayed up all night watching a shopping channel, spending more than $15,000. She’s never had any mental illness in the past. Why does this sort of thing happen? A: Like a double-edged sword, … Continue reading

Most Children’s Diets Lack Sufficient Immune-Boosting Foods

By William Sears, M.D. Biothera Healthcare Scientific Advisory Board Among the conclusions of a recent study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published online by the The Journal of Pediatrics, June 20, 2012, was that most kids under age 8 get the nutrients they need from the food they eat. In my many years … Continue reading

Single Gene Could Point to Better Treatments for MS and Other Autoimmune Conditions

From Nature magazine Like diabetes, most forms of cancer and other common diseases, there is no single gene that causes the autoimmune condition multiple sclerosis (MS). Dozens of genetic variations act in concert with environmental factors to cause the debilitating neurological disease. Yet a single genetic variant may explain why drugs that treat other autoimmune … Continue reading

Preliminary Study Finds Shingles Vaccine OK for Autoimmune Patients

By Denise Mann The live-virus shingles vaccine may be safe for people with autoimmune conditions and for those taking immunity-suppressing drugs. The provocative finding comes from a study of 463,541 people aged 60 and older with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, or other autoimmune conditions such as psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Some of … Continue reading