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December 2013 Archives

New Year--New Look

With a New Year comes the reminder to review the key documents we have prepared that deal with very important issues! Ask yourself this question, If I was having a will, a trust or a power of attorney form prepared today would I do it differently than what I have presently?  Do I have the correct destinations of beneficiaries on my IRA, 401(k) or life insurance? I can't tell you how many times that after the passing of a loved one that family members told me that Mom or Dad had intended on changing this or that but it never happened. Do I still want that same person to handle my money if I become disabled? Who now is the best person to make health care decisions for me if I can't make them myself? Have you lost a child since your documents were originally prepared? Have you bought or sold your house? Would you like to do something to assist your grandchildren with their education? Have some family members excluded you from their life and family?Now is the time to get this done. I will guarantee you that you feel more at ease when these issues are addressed. So give me a call and we can discuss the various options.
William Wombacher, your Central Illinois Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) and Social Security Disability Specialist. I'll help you!   www..wombacherlaw.com
 
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A New Focus on Depression--Researchers sharing ideas

Of all the major illnesses, mental or physical, depression has been one of the toughest to subdue. Despite the ubiquity of antidepressant drugs -- there are now 26 to choose from -- only a third of patients with major depression will experience a full remission after the first round of treatment, and successive treatments with different drugs will give some relief to just 20 to 25 percent more. About 30 percent of people with depression have some degree of treatment resistance. And the greater the degree of resistance, the more likely a future relapse, even if the patient continues taking the drug.

A major drawback of our current antidepressants is that they rely on animal models that have been used for decades, yielding drugs that all work the same way. Novel drugs require identification of new targets in the brain and better animal models in which to screen them.

"A complex problem like depression is much larger than one scientist or lab can handle," said the leader of the group at the Hope foundation, Huda Akil, a professor of neurosciences and psychiatry at the University of Michigan. "What is great about our collaboration is that we can think about big ideas and take risks without worrying about what grant reviewers" -- like the National Institute of Mental Health, the major source of federal funding for psychiatric research -- "might think."

Read how enlightened philanthropists and entrepreneurs are helping to open a promising new pathway for neuroscience research: collaboration among researchers. Read more about this in the artcle written by Dr. Richard A. Friedman is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. found at the New York Times http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/23/a-new-focus-on-depression/?partner=rss&emc=rss


William Wombacher, your Central Illinois Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) and Social Security Disability Specialist. I'll help you!   www..wombacherlaw.com
 
Serving Peoria, East Peoria, Peoria Heights, Pekin, Dunlap, Chillicothe, Morton, Washington, Metamora, Canton, Galesburg, Lacon, Henry, Bloomington, Normal and surrounding cites and counties of Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton and  Knox Counties in Central Illinois.