Category Archives: Illness

Dementia – Alzheimer’s


What Is The Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

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.


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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 – 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.



Depression – Treatment


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


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.


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.


What Really Matters at The End of Life

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


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.


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Author: Stephanie McClain Riddle PharmD, July 5 2014

The number one risk factor for the development of breast cancer, aside from being female, is advancing age. According to a review of the literature from the National Cancer Institute, the short-term risk for the development of breast cancer is about 10 times greater in a 70 year old woman than that of a woman 30 years of age.

Additional risk factors identified by the National Cancer Institute, such as genetics and breast density, are discussed here, as well as modifiable factors and lifestyle considerations that may aid in reducing the risk of developing breast cancer.

Alzheimer’s Disease PREVENTION Part 1: The 7 Guidelines

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Alzheimer’s Disease PREVENTION
Part 1: The 7 Guidelines

The 2014 meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, held in Philadelphia, provided study authors Richard Isaacson MD and Hilary Glazer MD the opportunity to contribute their research findings to the growing body of knowledge on Alzheimer’s disease. While their recent study focuses on many aspects of Alzheimer’s disease, this article series will cover the importance of dietary influences that are key in possibly avoiding the onset of this dreaded disease.

Migraine Headache Suffers Beware

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Migraine Headache Sufferers Beware

Patients that suffer from migraine headaches during midlife years, especially migraine with aura, have been shown to have an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease in later life. Research study data describing the link between migraine and Parkinson’s disease was published in the September 17th online edition of Neurology. Previously published data has linked the risk of stroke to migraine with aura, and more recent additional research, involving women who suffer with migraine headaches, shows an increased likelihood of those patients developing cardiovascular disease.

MARRIAGE: A Risk Factor For Diabetes?

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Marriage: A Risk Factor for Diabetes?
Authored by Stephanie McClain Riddle PharmD

A positive family history of diabetes is important information for people at risk of developing either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. A family history of diabetes refers to the genetics involved with biological relatives, usually first degree, such as a parent or sibling, but not spouses or family members related to a person by marriage. So how does marriage enter into the risk equation?

Stroke Alert and Recovery Update

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Stroke Alert and Recovery Update
Stephanie McClain Riddle PharmD

F.A.S.T. is the widely accepted acronym that serves as a memory aid for the major stroke symptoms; Face dropping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, and Time to call for help. If you, or someone you are with, experiences any of the FAST symptoms, call 911 immediately.

Music Shown To Improve Cognitive Decline

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Music Shown to Improve Cognitive Decline

Recent research provides more evidence supporting the value of musical training in the development of critical brain functions. Data evaluated from the recent study reveal improvement in executive functioning processes, especially the areas of cognitive flexibility, working memory, and processing speed. The research design included multi-age groups, and focused on assessing differences in executive functioning capacities in children and adults that had musical training compared to those who did not. While this research did not focus on the elderly, the study author cited results from studies that have, and concluded, due to the plasticity of the brain throughout life, it is never too late to pick up a musical instrument.

Cell Phone Use Linked to Cancer

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Cell Phone Use Linked to Cancer
Authored by Stephanie McClain Riddle PharmD

Children and unborn babies carry the greatest risk of developing cancer, neurologic, and biologic damage from exposure to microwave radiation emitted by wireless devices, Cell phones, baby monitors, and many digital children’s toys emit this form of radiation. According to a recent review, extensive scientific research provides data supporting the serious health risks of long-term exposure to this form of radiation, primarily from cell phone use and digital children’s toys. Many governments worldwide are taking action by passing laws or issuing warnings specific to the use of wireless devices by children and pregnant women.

NAPROXEN Linked to Cardiovascular Risk

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NAPROXEN Linked to Cardiovascular Risk
Authored by Stephanie McClain Riddle PharmD

New evidence suggests a greater incidence of cardiovascular risk in patients taking naproxen on a regular basis than those routinely taking ibuprofen. Cardiovascular risk is defined as a cardiovascular event leading to death, a nonfatal myocardial infarction, or nonfatal stroke.

Data collected from the Women’s Health Initiative Study provide evidence that routine use of over-the-counter naproxen products, such as Aleve®, and generic or house brands of naproxen, increase the risk of cardiovascular events. The data collected was compared to another over-the-counter product, ibuprofen, which was found to have a lower cardiovascular risk.

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Director : David Frankel.
Writer : Allan Loeb.
Producer : Michael Sugar, Brad Dorros, Allan Loeb, Anthony Bregman, Kevin Scott Frakes.
Release : December 6, 2016
Country : United States of America.
Production Company : Warner Bros. Pictures, Likely Story, Anonymous Content, Overbrook Entertainment, PalmStar Media.
Language : English.
Runtime : 97 min.
Genre : Drama, Romance.

‘Collateral Beauty’ is a movie genre Drama, was released in December 6, 2016. David Frankel was directed this movie and starring by Will Smith. This movie tell story about Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

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This is What it Really Feels Like to Have Alzheimer’s


“When will the madness end?” “When will things get better?” Questions we all ask. Everyone wants answers. And you will see some answers, from some “experts.”

But is it what a patient indeed goes through? Is what they are telling you, is that what it’s like to be a patient of this horrible disease? Or are they wrong? Here is my take on this disease. From a patient’s perspective.

The truth of the matter is this madness will never end. It will sometimes subside. You will see glimpses of your loved one from time to time.

Alzheimer’s – Onset

A most inspiring TED video by one experiencing the onset of Alzheimers

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Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer


By Oliver Sacks February 19, 2015 in the NY Times
Oliver Sacks, a professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, is the author of many books, including “Awakenings” and “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.”

A MONTH ago, I felt that I was in good health, even robust health. At 81, I still swim a mile a day. But my luck has run out — a few weeks ago I learned that I have multiple metastases in the liver. Nine years ago it was discovered that I had a rare tumor of the eye, an ocular melanoma. Although the radiation and lasering to remove the tumor ultimately left me blind in that eye, only in very rare cases do such tumors metastasize. I am among the unlucky 2 percent.

Alzheimer’s – 4 Pillars Of Prevention

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Recent research confirms what we have known for some time now: magic bullet drugs are not the final answer in fighting Alzheimer’s. The only effective way to prevent Alzheimer’s, or even slow its progression, at this time in history is by harnessing the power of an integrative medical approach.