Medical Advances Improve Chances of Stroke Recovery

U-T San Diego Catheter-based treatment, neurosurgery boost survival rates Every year, more than 750,000 Americans suffer from a stroke or what some call a “brain attack.” Strokes occur from a lack of blood flow to the brain, known as an ischemic stroke, or from bleeding within the brain, known as a hemorrhagic stroke. Past treatments […]

The American Diabetes Association says that…

…diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes Frequent urination Unusual thirst Extreme hunger Unusual weight loss Extreme fatigue and irritability Type 2 Diabetes Any of […]

HERMAN ~ Forum addresses ‘the talk’ for seniors

Agnes Herman, NCT A serious matter that concerns all of us: senior driving. When is it time to give up the keys? At 16, 17 or 18, we gleefully take on the responsibility, the privilege of driving an automobile. It is the most exciting event of the tumultuous teen years. It is freedom, independence, pending […]

Retiring the Keys

Joseph D Younger, AAA Westways Magazine How can you tell whether an older driver presents a hazard on the road? Experts agree: You can’t answer the question by age alone. “Biological age and chronological age are two completely different things,” says Linda Hill, director of preventive medicine residency at the University of California at San […]

Welcome to the Hall of Fame ~ A Celebration of Long Life!

Jeanne Louise Calment, February 21, 1875 – August 4, 1997, was a French supercentenarian with the  longest confirmed human lifespan in history, living to the age of 122 years, 164 days. She lived in Arles, France her entire life, outliving both her daughter and grandson by several decades. She  holds the record for being the oldest living […]

Wall Street Journal ~ A Few Extra Pounds Won’t Kill You–Really

A new finding could undermine many diet resolutions, a new government study shows that people who are overweight are less likely to die in any given period than people of normal weight. Even those who are moderately obese don’t have a higher-than-normal risk of dying. Being substantially obese, based on measure called body mass index, […]

Wall Street Journal ~ Why Doctors Die Differently

Careers in medicine have taught them the limits of treatment and the need to plan for the end Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. It was diagnosed as pancreatic cancer by one of the best surgeons in the country, who had developed a […]

USA Today ~ Change in gait could signal Alzheimer’s

Subtle changes in the way a person walks can be an early warning sign of cognitive decline and a signal for advanced testing, researchers reported Sunday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The findings are the first to link a physical symptom to the disease, which up until now required doctors to […]

USA Today interviewed Bill Thies, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer for the Alzheimer’s Association:

Q: What effect does sleep have on changes in the brain? A: Researchers report that cognitive health declines over the long term in some people with sleep problems. A large study done at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, of 15,000 participants ages 70 and older, reported important findings. Sleep duration shorter than seven hours […]