Helpful Healthcare Links for September 21, 2016

Granulated SugarThere is a lot going on in healthcare news this week! I have put together a handful of trending health topics to share with you in hopes that this information will assist you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few trending health articles for this week.

Senior citizens with Alzheimer’s and dementia thrive on routine and familiarity. It helps them to feel at ease and comfortable in their surroundings. An assisted living facility in Ohio tapped into this idea in order to benefit their residents. The facility is designed to resemble the 1940s to help to make them feel more at home.  To learn more about this innovative assisted living facility follow the link below.

Keeping up with a healthy lifestyle can be difficult. Often times, things such as work and family get in the way of your goals. Or you may reach your goal, but soon fall off because you didn’t implement a plan to keep up with this lifestyle change. A few simple changes can allow you to turn your health goals into a lifestyle.

Insurance can be extremely frustrating. They say they’ll cover something, you receive the service, but then your claim comes back denied. In fact, you may have received the same service as your cube-mate and insurance covered their claim, but not yours.

Fat makes you fat, or so we’ve been told. However, back in the 1950s researchers started to uncover a link between sugar and coronary disease.  But to keep their products on the shelf, the sugar industry swayed the research to benefit them.


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Alzheimer’s Disease: Signs and Symptoms

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As our parents age things seem to deteriorate. Their eye sight starts to go, their hearing diminishes and their cognition fades. And there comes a time where mom’s forgetfulness may be a more of an issue than you once realized. June is national Alzheimer’s awareness month, and today we will cover what Alzheimer’s disease is, what causes it, how doctors diagnose it, and the signs and symptoms that your loved one may have Alzheimer’s dementia.

First off, let’s define Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a general term for memory loss and decrease in mental capabilities. It is the most common form of dementia and makes up around 70% of all dementia occurances. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, meaning ones cognition severely worsens as the disease advances and eventually the person becomes introverted and unable to function in a social setting. Doctors don’t know exactly what causes dementia, however, there is usually some sort of genetic component, typically coupled with environmental and lifestyle factors. Sadly, there is no cure of Alzheimer’s dementia at this present time, however, we will discuss some ways to prevent it.

Second, here are some of the signs and symptoms to help you identify if your loved one may be struggling with memory loss or may be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Have you noticed that they frequently repeat themselves? Maybe they constantly ask you the same questions about the kids. Or maybe they’ve stopped recognizing family members or are getting lost going to and from once familiar places. Maybe they’re having trouble in crowds. Family dinners were once a breeze but now you may notice them getting really overwhelmed with all of the noise and commotion. These may be some of the early signs that your seniors memory is going. You may also notice mood swings, wandering, changes in their sleeping habits or even delusions of things you know aren’t real.

Third, the only definitive way to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is to evaluate the brain after death. However, doctors can do a series of cognitive and behavioral tests to determine if your loved one has Alzheimer’s. They may also want to do other diagnostic tests to be sure there isn’t another underlying cause of the change in their behavior, such as a urinary tract infection. Simple things like this can cause major changes in behavior.

Fourth, there are several things one can do to combat the onset of Alzheimer’s dementia. Getting plenty of sleep, keeping stress under control, having an active social life, keeping your mind sharp, getting exercise and eating a balanced diet can all help delay the effects and onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

If you think your loved one may be suffering from Alzheimer’s dementia you should contact their doctor and set up an appointment for an evaluation. Prevention is key.

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Helpful Health Care Links: December 4, 2014

Flu season ahead signOur helpful health care links focus on many topics dealing with both personal health and the government — the effectiveness of this year’s flu shot and the status of ObamaCare enrollment after the second week. We also include a story from the Miami Herald touching on the court rejection of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s drug testing for welfare applicants. All are worth your time. And, as always, if you ever come across a healthcare story that you think merits more attention, please send it our way!

CDC: Flu Shot Less Effective This Year Because Current Virus Has Mutated

Scientists are concerned about what they’re seeing so far this flu season. The CDC agency advised doctors that this year’s flu vaccine is not as effective because the current strain of the virus has mutated.

Scientists Find Why Male Smokers May Run Even Higher Health Risks

Male smokers are three times more likely than non-smoking men to lose their Y chromosomes, according to research which may explain why men develop and die from many cancers at disproportionate rates compared to women.

Running Linked to Lower Alzheimer’s Death Risk

Running more than 15 miles a week may reduce the risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests.

Court Rejects Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Drug Testing of Welfare Applicants

A federal appeals court on Wednesday dealt another blow to Gov. Rick Scott’s crusade to conduct drug tests on welfare applicants when it upheld a lower court ruling that the practice was unconstitutional.

ObamaCare Enrollment at 765K After Week 2

About 765,000 people have chosen a private health plan on the federal ObamaCare marketplace since year-two enrollment began on November 15.


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