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Information for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients

When a person develops Alzheimer’s disease it rarely affects only their life. Their children, their loved ones, and family and friends are also affected. Not knowing what to expect, what to do, or when to do it disrupts the lives of those who care and love the person who has developed Alzheimer’s disease. The web… Read more

Cognitive training, not memorization, benefits those with mild memory impairment

A study conducted by the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) sought to explore ways to improve cognitive skills of older adults. The researchers seeked to discover ways to help older individuals stay independent and take charge of their own lives. The study group consisted of 2,800 healthy, community dwelling older adults… Read more

Shoulder pain responds well to low-cost treatment

Shoulder pain can be caused by a calcification of tendons in the rotator cuff. Small calcium deposits form with the tendons of the shoulder’s rotator cuff. Most often the condition occurs in adults 30—40-years-old. Commonly, the deposits become painful and can restrict mobility of the shoulder. In minor cases, physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medications may… Read more

Fibro Coffee House (Google Groups)

Recently started Google Group, Fibro Coffee House, is for those suffering from Fibromyalgia. It provides a safe place to share ideas. It is recommended that you hang any judgmental attitudes on the nail by the door… Read more

7 common medical myths

According to a recent article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) there are common medical myths that are unproven or untrue. Researchers selected seven commonly held medical beliefs that are espoused by both physicians and the general public, then searched for evidence to support, or refute, each of the claims. The results: There is no… Read more

Diabetic eye disease responds better to meds than laser treatment

One of the complications from diabetes is blindness known as diabetic macular edema (DME). DME is characterized by swelling of the central portion of the retina (or macula) at the back of the eye. It is one of the most common causes of blindness, which occurs when fluid and protein deposits collect on or under… Read more

Alzheimer’s may be effected by hypertension

Risk associated with high blood pressure, or hypertension, is well known. Researchers Cyrus Raji, M.D., PhD., and Oscar Lopez, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh, have added one new danger—blood flow to the brain. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure blood flow to the brain the researchers studied a group of 88 older patients. Within the… Read more

Alzheimer’s more likely when both parents have the disease

The leading cause of cognitive impairment in the U.S. elderly is Alzheimer’s disease. Because it is so common it is not unusual for both parents to develop the disease and presumably their offspring would be more likely to carry any genes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Suman Jayadev, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, and co-researchers, studied 111… Read more

Diabetics have double the risk for heart disease

Health practitioners have been warning patients the ‘lower the better’ for cholesterol and blood pressure in order to reduce the risk of a heart attack. Now there is evidence that patients with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes practitioners should add ‘the sooner, the better’ for prevention of cardiovascular disease. Tina Ken Schramm, MD… Read more

Lou Gehrig’s disease research aided by yeast cells

During autopsies of brains, of people who had lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) or frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a protein called TDP-43 was observed to accumulate abnormally. Further studies confirmed the damaging role of TDP-43. Aaron D. Gitler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, sought a way to… Read more

SSDI and disabled veterans

Disabled Veterans are entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), but they still must meet Social Security’s definition of disability. Basically, if a Veteran is unable to work for physical or emotional reasons, and for at least a year, they may be eligible to receive benefits. Even if the service member receives pay they still… Read more

Long-term disability insurance — fiction or fact?

Benjamin W. Glass’ book Robbery Without a Gun, is a thin book as books go. Even though modest in length the message speaks volumes—and one that you should seriously consider getting your hands on if you have a long-term disability (LTD) policy or have recently become disabled. If you are someone who has never been… Read more