Caregiver News Roundup Sunday February 14, 2010
Editors Note - Caregiver News Roundup will now be appearing every 2 weeks.

Industrial Chemical Linked to Increased Risk of Getting Parkinson’s
– A new study has found that exposure to the industrial solvent trichloroethylene increases your risk of coming down with Parkinson’s disease by six times.  Trichloroethylene is an industrial cleaner used in dry cleaning, machine shops and in the manufacture of electrical equipment.

Diabetes Drug Increases Risk of Bone Fracture in Older Women – A study has found that women over age 65 who take thiazolidinedione, a drug to treat Type 2 diabetes, were 50% more likely to suffer bone fractures than women not taking the medication.

57 Million Americans Sickened by Swine Flu – The Center for Disease Control estimates that 57 million Americans have come down with the Swine Flu since April 2009.  

Blood Test May Be Able to Predict Rheumatoid Arthritis – A study has found that blood tests maybe able to detect rheumatoid arthritis years before symptoms appear.  This information make it possible for doctors to identify the disease early and help find the most effective treatments for each patient.

Truth about Heart Disease: There Is No Cure – Heart disease is the number 1 cause of the death in the US and as former President Bill Clinton’s stent procedure shows that while it can be treated there is no cure for it.

FDA Wants to Reduce Radiation Exposure in Medical Tests – The Food and Drug Administration has announced a plan to reduce patient’s exposure to radiation in 3 tests – CT scans, nuclear medicine studies and fluoroscopy.  Medical advances over the past 20 years have resulted in a dramatic increase in radiation exposure from tests.

Marijuana Ineffective as a Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease – A new study from Canada has found that marijuana is not effective at combating the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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