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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  There are currently no drugs on the market to treat the mental decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.8 million Americans are living with the disease, and it’s the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Therefore, the possibility of a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s is creating quite…

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  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. 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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  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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  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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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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post stroke care

Today, October 29, is World Stroke Day, and it’s an important occasion to stop and think about stroke prevention and what to do about one the world’s deadliest killers. For patient who are victims, and for anyone who might be susceptible or helping someone who is, it’s a great opportunity to talk about post stroke…

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model of a brain

Millions of dollars are raised every year to research ways to combat the devastating symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. An up and coming solution may come in the form of basic anticoagulants, which are normally used to treat people with blood problems, but in an innovative use of the medications may also help with Alzheimer’s care.…

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