Category Archives: Health Topics

Dementia – Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are often used interchangeably as many people believe that one means the other. In fact, the distinction between the two diseases often causes confusion on the behalf of patients, families and caregivers. Discover how the two diagnoses, while related, are remarkably different.

Marijuana – Medical Benefits

An interesting TED video on the medical benefits of the use of Marijuana.

 

CORTISONE SHOTS: IS THERE A LIMIT?

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CORTISONE SHOTS: IS THERE A LIMIT?
Stephanie McClain Riddle PharmD

Physicians generally limit the number of cortisone injections a patient may receive. Often physicians guide their patients to no more than three or four injections per year, a maximum of three injections total, no more frequently than every six weeks, or other limitations, depending on factors such as the effectiveness of previous injections, joint health, other medical problems, and the injection site.

For many patients, the benefit of pain relief and improved mobility, even though it may be temporary, far outweighs the risks of repeated cortisone injections, but there are risks. Understanding those risks helps you, and your physician, to determine the best course of your treatment.

Alzheimer’s – Is There a Cure? – These two might have it

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Smithsonian December 2015

Rudolph E. Tanzi, director of the genetics and aging research unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a towering figure in the field of Alzheimer’s research, refuses to play the piano. Yes, he’s an exuberantly dedicated musician who seriously considered a musical career before going into science. He’s played keyboards with the rock band Aerosmith and jammed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” He practices every day at home on his handmade Bösendorfer concert grand.

The article is too long to display. To download click Alzheimer’s Cure

 

Hospital Ratings

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Seniors & Children – Win Win

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The tremendous mutual benefits of having young children visit nursing homes.

 

Doctors – Deadliest Drug

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Ammeican deadliest drug – Opiods
USA Today – December 22nd, 2015

America’s deadliest drug problem grew even deadlier last year, as fatal overdoses from opioids hit a record 28,647, or 78 a day.

This epidemic is fueled as much by well-meaning doctors as it is by dope pushers. Overdoses of popularly prescribed legal painkillers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, accounted for more deaths than heroin, according to numbers released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Alzheimer’s – Facilities

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Some nursing homes handle Alzheimer’s and list that service on their site.
Below is an article you can download on the subject. Below that is a check list you will want to print out to be used when you are talking to a facility.

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RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES CHECKLIST

 

Depression – Treatment

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The Return of Electroshock Therapy
An article on depression treatment, by Dan Hurley, from The Atlantic, December 2015

The article is loo long to print here. To download click Depression

Excerpt

ONE MORNING in early October, on her final day as the chair of the psychiatry and behavioral-sciences department at the Duke University School of Medicine, Sarah Hollingsworth Lisanby ushered me over to a display case in one of the department’s conference rooms. There, behind glass, sits the world’s only museum, such as it is, of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), or what most people still call “shock therapy.” The oldest artifacts on display, some of which are made of polished wood and brass, date to the late 19th century, when electrical stimulation was promoted as a cure for a host of ailments. A mid-20th-century relic labeled ELECTRO SHOCK THERAPY EQUIPMENT features a red button in the center helpfully marked START SHOCK.

 

Tylenol – Check Dosage

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New Trial Records: Doctors Recommended Tylenol — But Only at Lower Doses

Internal company documents that have emerged in a New Jersey trial make clear that marketing for Tylenol did not convey doctors’ concerns about its risks.

by Jeff Gerth and T. Christian Miller
ProPublica, Oct. 14, 2015, 12:43 p.m.

For more than 30 years, the Johnson & Johnson unit that makes Tylenol has delivered a consistent message: it’s the pain reliever that doctors recommend most.

Drug Side Effects on Women

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If you are a women ask your doctor about the pills he is prescribing and if they are suitable for women.

 

Alxheimer’s Cure?

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Alzheimer’s can be cured. Almost one in two will be affected by the age of eighty five.

 

When Pain Kills

46 Americans overdose on painkillers each day — and the numbers are rising for those over 55

The article is too long to display here. If you take pain killers, we suggest to show this article to your doctor.

To download click Pain Killers

Excerpts:

After years of suffering from a degenerative back condition, Betty Tully worried that she was already taking too many pills. But when her doctor reassured her that a long-acting opioid medication called OxyContin would fight her pain without any negative repercussions, she decided to try it. At first the pills helped. As their effectiveness diminished, though, she had to take more and more pills to get any relief at all. “Within seven months I was taking 280 milligrams a day,” says Tully, 68, who lives in Chicago. “That’s the equivalent of 56 Percocets a day. I was completely addicted.” When a new doctor balked at refilling her prescription, she discovered what heroin addicts go through when they can’t get a fix. “My body was screaming for the drug. My brain was screaming for it.”

 

What Really Matters at The End of Life

A TED video on a subject that will we all confront.

 

Assisted Living vs Nursing Home

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Assisted Living vs Nursing Home

As the hidden consumers, what do the adult children of aging parents need to understand about these facilities? Very simply: what the facility can’t do. Invariably, the sales pitch tells you what the facility can do, which is fine, and to be expected. But as a consumer, you must understand the difference between assisted living and nursing care. First, an assisted living facility is not a nursing home with fancy furniture. Assisted living is not licensed to give nursing care. Typically, assisted living facilities are places where elders live in a supervised community, with some personal care services available. Meals, social activity, and help with the activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing are all usually offered at such facilities. The focus is on providing a healthy social environment and preventing social isolation. It is a worthy focus, as isolation is dangerous, and widespread among elders whose independence is declining.

Statin – Memory Loss

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Study Questions Statin, Memory Loss Connection

The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Beginning treatment with a statin was associated with a nearly fourfold increased risk of developing acute memory loss within 30 days in a retrospective cohort study, but a similar increase in risk was seen in patients starting non-statin lipid-lowering drugs.

Compared with non-users, both statin and non-statin lipid-lowering drug (LLD) use was found to be associated with acute memory loss in the weeks following treatment initiation, but there was no difference in memory loss when statins and non-statins were compared with each other, researcher Brian L. Strom, MD, of Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., and colleagues wrote online June 8 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Cancer – Lifestyle

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Diet and lifestyle changes can help prevent cancer
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June 30, 2015

Anyone can get cancer. However, only about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers develop from gene mutations passed down from one generation to the next, according to the American Cancer Society. For the other 90 to 95 percent of cancers, the lifestyle choices you make, the foods you eat and the amount of exercise you incorporate into your daily life can have an important impact on your overall risk. So being aware of lifestyle and diet choices are helpful tools for preventing cancer.

Melanoma – A New Weapon

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Melanoma weapon: Modified herpes virus
Researchers have high hopes for new form of treatment
Laura Ungar USA TODAY

Your can download this article. Click Melanoma

Some excerpts:

Known for cold sores and misery, herpes is now being used as a weapon against melanoma — the latest example of turning one bane of humanity against another by using viruses to target cancer.

In a study involving 436 late-stage melanoma patients at 64 centers around the globe, patients were injected with a genetically modified version of the herpes simplex virus known as TVEC. Sixteen percent saw a significant decrease in tumor sizes within the first year, and the improvement lasted for at least six months. Only 2% of patients who didn’t get T-VEC experienced such improvement.

And researchers expect the treatment to yield even better results when combined with another type of immunotherapy, which uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer.

“It appears for many patients that (T-VEC) gives long-term remission and in some cases, cure,” says inventor Robert Coffin, a coauthor on the study, which appears in the current issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

 

Duodenoscopes – Warning Follow Up

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Concerns inflamed over dirty scopes
Superbug outbreaks linked to cleaning
Peter Eisler USA TODAY

If you are facing surgery to fix a blockage of your bile and pancreatic ducts or gallstones be sure to show this article to your doctor.

The following are excerpts from the article which is too long to post here.
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State and federal health officials privately urged the Food and Drug Administration nearly six years ago to alert hospitals about contamination risks from specialized medical scopes that have been tied to a recent series of deadly superbug outbreaks.

The appeal in 2009 came after duodenoscopes were linked to drug-resistant infections in dozens of Florida hospital patients, including 15 who died. In emails and a phone briefing, epidemiologists at the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the infections occurred because hospitals were having trouble cleaning the scopes properly, records obtained by USA TODAY show.

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Sunshine Directly Impacts Suicide Rates

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Sunshine Directly Impacts Suicide Rates
Author Stephanie McClain Riddle PharmD

New research reveals a direct correlation between the amount of sunshine to which an individual is exposed, and the incidence of suicide. Other studies have shown correlations of climate and seasonal changes to the rates of suicide in specified countries, as well as worldwide, but the recent research is the first to provide detailed information on sunshine exposure and its risk and benefits. The study was published in the September 2014 online version of JAMA Psychiatry.