Aging and Seniors

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Home Remedies Can Compliment COPD Medications

Many People With COPD Want The Best Of Both Worlds Modern, state-of-the-art medications to help their lungs function at their best, plus herbal remedies that have been used for centuries to help clear the lungs. Keep in mind that herbal remedies have usually not been subjected to rigorous scientific testing. They may be used with, but never instead of, the medications your doctor has prescribed....

Dementia: Definition, Causes and Symptoms

Dementia: Definition, Causes and Symptoms Dementia is a general term that includes specific disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Vascular or Multi-infarct dementia, Pseudodementia, and others. Dementia is defined as a loss in at least two areas of complex behavior, such as language, memory, visual and spatial abilities, or judgment, that significantly interferes with a person's daily activities. Dementia affects over 4 million...

Glossary of Medical Terms

Glossary of Medical Terms Following are the Most Commonly Used Medical Terms: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z -- A -- Abortion the premature termination of a pregnancy; may be induced or spontaneous (miscarriage) Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) a fatal disease caused by a virus that destroys the immune system's ability to fight...

Etiology of Asthma

Etiology of Asthma What Causes Asthma Episodes? The exact etiology or causes of asthma is still unknown. The airways of the asthmatics are found to be inflamed, red and hypersensitive. It is known that some triggers induce an asthma attack if exposed to the inflamed airways. Therefore, the management plan for asthma is directed towards prevention of inflammation of the airway and avoidance of triggers for the...

Definition of Asthma

Definition of Asthma Why do we define asthma? We define asthma to identify the disease correctly and to differentiate it from other diseases. To fulfill this goal, definition of asthma has been changing over last 40 years. The clinician, physiologist, immunologist, pathologist or epidemiologist - all have different perspective of asthma. In the year 1997, the following working definition has been formulated by...

Management of Problems Associated with Dementia

Management of Problems Associated with Dementia General Principles Delusions or Paranoia Agitation or aggression Depression General Principles in Managing Behavioral Problems Behavioral problems commonly coexist with cognitive deficits during the course of Alzheimer's and other dementing diseases. They cause significant morbidity, interfere with the performance of activities of daily living, and often have a greater impact on the quality of...

Cancer and Other Growths of the Mouth

Cancer and Other Growths of the Mouth Oral cancers develop in 30,000 Americans and cause 8,000 deaths each year, mostly in people over age 40. This represents about 2.5 per cent of cancer cases and 1.5 per cent of all cancer-related deaths - a high rate considering the small size of the mouth in relation to the rest of the body. Along with cancers of the lungs and skin, cancers of the mouth are more preventable than most other...

Diagnosis of Asthma

Diagnosis of Asthma What are the Diagnostic Criteria of Asthma? There are four diagnostic criteria of asthma: 1. Cardinal features of asthma Paroxysmal respiratory distress Recurrent cough Wheeze Chest tightness 2. Recurrent attack due to multiple stimuli 3. Features of Eosinophilic inflammation: Sputum Eosinophilia 4. PFT: obstructive defects, at least partially reversible by drug In case of children...

Investigation of Asthma

Investigation of Asthma Why we investigate asthma patients? For classification and assessment of severity For diagnosis of concomitant illness For exclusion of other causes of cough, wheeze dyspnoea or chest tightness What are the investigations for asthma? We should do four basic investigations of all patients. 1. Blood for TC, DC, ESR, Hb% and :  To exclude Tropical...

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Do you ache all over and have difficulty sleeping? You may be suffering from Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition of inflamed muscles and tendons. Although patients with the disorder may fear that they are developing arthritis, the disease actually does not affect the joints. Estimates are that as many as 6 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia. Still other experts think the numbers are...

What Causes Dementia?

What Causes Dementia? Basic Introduction to Causes Changes that Occur During Alzheimer's Disease Genetic Issues Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Basic Introduction to Causes The exact cause of Alzheimer's Disease, a form of dementia, is still unknown. However, scientists have been able to indentify several contributing factors. Alzheimer's Disease is known to have a genetic componant as well as an environmental...

Herniation of Intervertebral Disk

EPSTEIN, J.A. Essentials of Diagnosis Lumbosacral Disk Back pain aggravated by motion, and pain radiating down the back of the leg and aggravated by coughing or straining. Sciatic nerve painful to pressure and stretch (straight-leg raising). CSF protein may be elevated; myelograms reveal characteristic defect. Cervical Disk Paroxysmal pains and paresthesias from back of neck radiating into the...

Diet in Old Age

A healthy, active, old person does not need any special diet. Familiar foods and eating habits are very important to their happiness and well-being. It is unwise to suggest changes unless there are very compelling reasons. There are, however, various circumstances which bring about changes in old people's eating habits, gradually leading to poor nutrition and a decline in health. Among the causes...

Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus, the most common disorder of the endocrine system, affects between 10 million and 20 million people in the United States alone. The disease is brought on by disorders in blood levels of insulin, a pancreatic hormone that helps your system convert blood glucose, or blood sugar, into energy. Type 1 diabetes-sometimes called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) or juvenile or...

Diet High in Monounsaturated Fatty Acids Protects Against Memory Loss

Diet High in Monounsaturated Fatty Acids What you eat now could prevent loss of memory and mental ability later in life. According to a study published in the May 1999 issue of Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology’s scientific journal, a diet high in monounsaturated fatty acids protects against a decline in memory performance and cognitive processing functions often associated with aging. Study author Antonio Capurso, M.D., of...

Medicines for Asthma

Medicines of Asthma What are the medicines used to treat asthma? There are basically three kinds of medicines: Relievers (Bronchodilators) are medicines that relax smooth muscles that have tightened around the airways. They relieve asthma symptoms. Short acting b2-agonists, short acting aminophylline, and ipratropium are bronchodilators or relievers. Preventers (Anti-inflammatory medicines) are medicines that...

Classification of Asthma

Classification of Asthma Why do we classify asthma? We classify asthma for the purpose of precise and efficient management. Aim of our management is not merely control of symptoms, but control of inflammation, since more inflammation in the airways is associated with more manifestation of disease, which demands more drugs to be prescribed. How can we classify asthma? A new classification is given by the Expert Panel-2...

The Truth about Fitness

The Truth about Fitness The spine you have is the only one you ever get! Through the miracle of modern medicine, many organs that fail or wear out can now be replaced. Heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and even artificial lenses for the eyes can make someone feel like new. Unfortunately for the spine, the one you were born with must last you your entire lifetime! The desire for attractive teeth, hair and skin has driven most...

Brain Disorders and Nutrition

Stroke Each year more than 5 million people worldwide suffer strokes and over 100,000 lives are claimed. The death rate for strokes has been cut down to less than half of what was fifty years ago, thanks largely to a better understanding of the underlying causes, especially the key risk factors, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, arteriosclerosis and diabetes. A number of unhealthy...

Non-Surgical Approach to Low-Grade Prostate Cancer Does Not Affect Life Span

Non-Surgical Approach to Low-Grade Prostate Cancer Life span is decreased without surgery for high-grade prostate cancer patients. Men aged 65-75, treated conservatively for low-grade localized prostate cancer, probably will not die any sooner than similar members of the general population; however, men diagnosed with high-grade tumors often have a 6-8 year loss of life expectancy when treated with conservative therapy, according to an article...