Aging and Seniors

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You Can Make a Difference: 10 Ways to Help an Alzheimer Family

You Can Make a Difference: 10 Ways to Help an Alzheimer Family "We like to go out, but my husband's too much to handle alone. I could use some help." "Call me, If I can't talk, I'll let you know." "It's difficult when friends stay away." Alzheimer's causes significant changes in family life. Spouses and children - often including school age youngsters - become caregivers. Caregiving can make recreation, chores and even employment difficult or impossible to...

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes Mellitus What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a condition caused by the lack of the hormone insulin produced by the pancreas, or when the hormone is ineffective. It is a common chronic disease - one of the top ten-killer diseases in Singapore. What Does Insulin Do? Insulin is required to move glucose from the bloodstream into the body cells for usage or storage. When this fails, diabetes develops. The high...

Dementia & Alzheimers Disease

There are different causes of cognitive dysfunctions, i.e. memory - short & long term, concentration, language, speech, visuo-spatial orientation. Most of them are nearly irreversible condition such as Alzheimers Disease, Multi- Infract Dementia, Lewy Body Disease, Picks Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Huntingtons Disease etc. Among them Alzheimers Disease is the most common cause of...

Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Possibly Other Dementias

Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) What May Help Prevent AD and possibly other dementias? Continued Education Cardiovascular Exercise Estrogen Replacement Therapy Antioxidants Use of Anti-inflammatory Agents Plus H2-blockers (anti-ulcer Agents) Continued Education Given the reduced risk of AD for persons with at least 8 years of education, it is reasonable to recommend active, regular use of thinking skills such as reading,...

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease, which mostly afflicts older people, results from gradual degeneration of nerve cells in the portion of the midbrain that controls body movements. The first signs are likely to be barely noticeable - a feeling of weakness or stiffness in one limb, perhaps, or a fine trembling of one hand when it is at rest (activity causes the tremor to disappear). Eventually, the shaking will...

Prosopagnosia

Prosopagnosia Researchers are exploring how and where in the brain people recognise faces. This could be helpful to those who cannot recall them at all. To people with prosopagnosia, the instant someone leaves their sight the memory of that person's face is blank-or, at best, a palette of muddled features. Face-blindness can be likened to tone-deafness: the tone can be heard, or the face seen, but...

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer's disease, a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain in which brain cells die and are not replaced. According to the Alzheimer's Association, its ten chief warning signs are: Recent memory loss that affects job skills Difficulty performing familiar tasks Problems with language Disorientation of time and place Poor or decreased judgment Problems with abstract thinking Misplacing...

Treating Arthritis More than Just Physical Healing

Treating Arthritis More than Just Physical Healing Patient education as important as drug therapy The latest and most effective way to treat arthritis, to-date, is through an individualized approach combining drug therapy, diet, exercise, patient education, and as a last resort surgery, according to Lee S. Simon, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., and the Education Council Chairman of the American...

Back Pain Due To Lumbar Disk Disease May Run In Families

Lumbar Disk Disease is one of the most common causes of low back pain that radiates down the buttock, the back of the leg and to the foot. This pain is better known as sciatica because it affects the sciatic nerve that is formed from several nerves from the lower spine (lumbar nerves). Lumbar Disk Disease (LDD) is the broad term for disk herniation, sciatica and disk degeneration. It frequently...

Fecal Occult Blood Testing for Colorectal Cancer

Fecal Occult Blood Testing for Colorectal Cancer The exact cause of most colorectal cancers is not yet known. About 75 percent of colorectal cancers occur in people with no known risk factors. In fact, many people who have polyps or colorectal cancer do not have symptoms in the early stages of disease development. Because of these two factors, screening patients for colorectal disease before symptoms occur and promoting early detection is...

Exercise And Diet Improve Immunity To Disease In The Elderly

Exercise And Diet Improve Immunity To Disease In The Elderly With the onset of old age there is often a decline in the immune response to disease. The result is that infectious diseases can have debilitating or even fatal consequences for the elderly. Prevention of age-related decline in cellular immune response could significantly improve their quality of life. A trial was carried out by the Division of Human Nutrition and Epidemiology, Wageningen...

New Hope for Arthritis Sufferers

New Hope for Arthritis Sufferers An Australian research team has discovered a new means of reducing the crippling inflammation of arthritis which could be marketed as, a drug within four years. The team, from Monash University, presented its findings to the seventh World Conference on Inflammation being held in Melbourne, this week. Monash associate professor of medicine, Dr Eric Morand, said researchers linked a protein...

Steroids - You May Not Get What You Bargained For

Steroids - You May Not Get What You Bargained For Anabolic steroids are derivatives of the male hormone testosterone that are typically injected into the body. Many brands must be administered with huge syringes, and the needle must penetrate the muscle deeply. An estimated one million Americans, half of them teenagers, use anabolic steroids. Most are obtained illegally...through the black market. And...the market for black-market steroids is...

Power Food: What to Eat for More Energy

Power Food: What to Eat for More Energy You move? Find out now what to consume to be in the form during physical exercise! A healthy diet is essential to keep you in shape, offers more power and also help you to cure after a training session. Last but not least, a healthy diet is the secret to losing weight quickly and efficiently! In contrast, if an inadequate diet, or rather in its absence, your state physics will suffer and you...

Hypoglycemia

In most cases, hypoglycemia literally, low blood sugar-can he treated easily without professional intervention when the symptoms are, recognized early enough. Although the condition most often occurs in people with diabetes, non-diabetics can, in rare cases, also experience hypoglycemia attacks. Whether you are diabetic or not, if these episodes become frequent, you need to consult a professional...

Risk Factors for Alzheimer's disease (AD)

Risk Factors for Alzheimer's disease Aging Aging is still the largest risk for becoming demented, with the prevalence doubling every 5 years between ages 65 and 85 ( 1% at age 65, 5% at age 75 and 15-25% at age 85). Family history of AD Family history of dementia in a first degree relative ( sibling or parent) increases the risk of developing AD fourfold. In persons with two or more affected first degree relatives, the risk...

Asthma Hits Hardest At Night, So Should Medication

Asthma Hits Hardest At Night, So Should Medication Expert says traditional treatment ignores timing of severe symptoms. The symptoms suffered by some 10 million Americans with asthma can be as different as night and day, with the time of day often a key factor in their severity, according to an expert who contends the patterns of the disease should be considered when treating it. "The night belongs to asthma," says Richard Martin, M.D., Head,...

Bone Basics for Baby Boomers

Bone Basics for Baby Boomers There are presently millions of "baby boomers" in the United States. Baby boomers...that's the term we give to individuals in this country born between 1946 and 1964...a time in our culture when having babies was all the rage...very much in vogue. The boomers already make up a significant portion of the American population. As we age as a nation, and extend our longevity, too, the boomers will...

Protein That Regulates Aging May Provide Key To New Diabetes Therapies

Opening the possibility of new therapies for type 2 diabetes, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a protein called Sirtl enhances the secretion of insulin in mice and allows them to better control blood glucose levels. Their study will appear in the August 17 issue of Cell Metabolism. According to senior author Shin-ichiro Imai, M.D., the finding...

Your Hospital Recovery

After surgery, you'll be moved to a recovery area where you can be closely watched. From there, you may go to a special care unit or a regular room. During your recovery, you will be given medications to help relieve pain. Special exercises may help improve your breathing and range of motion while you heal. The hospital stay after minimally invasive heart surgery varies from patient to patient....