A Wearable Breathing Device for COPD Patients

   The iron lung machine, now a relic of the past, was once a lifeline for polio patients, enabling them to breathe.  Now Dr. Jake Brenner, a pulmonary critical care physician at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine has taken the principle behind this mechanical respirator to design a wearable breathing device for…

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Help for Caregivers of Dementia Patients

  Caregivers of dementia patients have a tough job. Not only is their loved one lost in their own world with significant memory loss and decreased cognitive ability, he/she often states inappropriate or untrue facts.  Karen Stobbe developed, In the Moment, an educational program for caregivers to help them better relate to their care receiver.…

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Weather and Joint Pain

  Weather and joint pain. Is there really a connection? Many older adults think so. In fact, in some cases, you’ve heard them predict the weather better than the meteorologist. However, the scientific evidence is inconclusive and is sometimes contradicting. Those that suffer report flare-ups when the barometric pressure decreases, the temperature drops, or rain…

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Hospice and Palliative Care

  When we think about a hospice care facility, we envision a dark and dreary place, where death looms like a gray cloud signaling the end. But modern-day hospice founder, Dame Cicely Saunders, thought differently. She coined the term ‘total pain,’ from her view that “dying people have physical, spiritual, psychological, and social pain that…

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Preventing Infection in Older Adults

  Infection is the leading cause of death in older adults age 65 years and older. It’s easy to guess why. Older adults tend to have a more impaired immune system and the existence of comorbid chronic diseases like diabetes mellitus and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  But with caregiver awareness and proactive health measures,…

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SHIP – Medicare Education in new Jersey

Medicare education in New Jersey

Entering the world of Medicare and Medicaid can be very daunting. These programs are exactly meant to help those who are poor and elderly, and these are the precise populations that may have difficulty gaining access to information about programs. The various regulations can also be very challenging to understand, and for the elderly, who…

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When do You Need Vascular Care?

Veins - the vascular system

Healthy people often have no idea what the vascular system is. Unless people are medical professionals or very informed about health, why would they? It’s often only when it’s too late, and people haven’t lived a healthy lifestyle, that they learn about vascular care and what they’ve been doing wrong. While it’s not possible to…

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation is Effective in Reducing Symptoms in Severe Asthma

Pulmonary rehabilitation helps asthma

Researchers in Italy has found that a program of pulmonary rehabilitation is effective in reducing symptoms in patients with asthma. What is pulmonary rehabilitation? Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of education and exercise that helps patients who have pulmonary diseases breathe and function better. It has been shown to be successful in alleviating a variety…

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