Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Tough Homecoming for War Veterans

Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are returning home with unprecedented physical and mental wounds. Here is a Question and Answer guide, from TheWeek magazine: What challenges do new veterans face? More than 2.3 million soldiers have served in Afghanistan and … Continue reading

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For Diabetics, Amputations of Feet and Legs Have Decreased By More Than Half

There was encouraging news for diabetics in a recent study — foot and leg amputations, once fairly common for diabetics, have taken a dramatic decline. The report was detailed in a Washington Post article. Here are excerpts: The rate has … Continue reading

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Life Expectancy and Causes of Death Are Changing

In 2010, the most recent year studied, life expectancy improved, mortality rates fell for all five leading causes of death, and the homicide rate was as low as it has been in almost 50 years. This is according to a … Continue reading

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Irregular Arm Swing May Point to Parkinson’s Disease

Here’s a new bit of medical research — irregular arm swings while walking could be an early sign of Parkinson’s disease. Early detection of Parkinson’s can help doctors delay full onset of the condition, so any potential indicator of the … Continue reading

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Statins (Cholesterol Drugs) Could Cause Diabetes in Some People

A new medical study found a serious possible side effect from cholesterol drugs known as statins. The drug could cause diabetes in some patients. This study was reported in an ABC News report recently. Here are excerpts: It’s estimated that millions … Continue reading

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Local Company Helps Find Missing Alzheimer’s Patients

A local company makes a product that could people who care for Alzheimer’s patients. It’s a GPS-like device the patient wears on the wrist, similar to a watch. The details are in a story published by the Dallas Morning News. … Continue reading

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Drug Makers Offer Help for Those Who Can’t Pay for Prescriptions

Do you have a loved one who has difficulty paying for prescription drugs? If so, programs from the major drug manufacturers might help. The Dallas Morning News published an article with details about the drug company offers. I highly recommend … Continue reading

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Featured Link — CareManager.org

The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers has tips on how to select a geriatric care manager.  

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Hiring a Caregiver Requires Research

Have you ever had to hire a caregiver for a loved one? Going outside the immediate family to find a caregiver is a major decision, and a difficult one, both from a practical standpoint and from an emotional one. The … Continue reading

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How To Talk With Your Parents About Their Finances

Having that almost inevitable discussion with your parents about whether they have enough income and assets to care for them in their senior years is difficult. So difficult that many adult children postpone it until it’s too late to take … Continue reading

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