Health Issues

Act ‘FAST!’

The American Stroke Association says, Act ‘FAST!”: Face drooping? Arm weakness? Speech difficulty? Time to call 911!

Can Caresses Protect the Brain from Stroke?

Neurons cut off by a stroke may have the inherent ability to reroute blood flow and save themselves. By Stephani Sutherland In Brief Saved by Caresses Stroke research has been stymied for many years by the complexity of the brain’s response and promising but failed therapies. An accidental discovery in lab rats revealed that stimulating […]

Coping with Depression

Things you can do to speed recovery and keep it from returning By R J Ignelzi Look around at the people in your office, the grocery store or your church or synagogue. Even though they may not be weeping or cowering alone in a corner, there’s a good chance that at least a few of […]


POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION • Sadness and crying • Loss of interest in formerly pleasurable activities • Withdrawal from social activities • Loss of energy • Feelings of uselessness, worthlessness, hopelessness • Irritability • Great concern with health problems • Vague aches and pains • Worry, self-criticism • Difficulty concentrating and/or making decisions • Loss […]

A Plan to Chart Heart Risk in 1 Million Adults in Real Time

Ron Winslow, The Wall Street Journal Researchers are launching a major study that will marshal the power of smartphones and other personal technologies in an effort to develop new strategies for preventing and managing heart disease. The project, called the Health eHeart Study, will use tools such as smartphone apps, sensors and other devices to […]

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 […]

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 […]