Swine Flu Emergency Declared – President Obama declared a swine flu emergency Saturday. This allows hospitals to move emergency services for swine flu into non-emergency room settings which will help speed treatment and protect non-infected patients.
Swine Flu Hits Children and Young Adults the Hardest – Of the 1,000 people who have died from swine flu, approximately 100 have been children. It is believe that swine flu is hitting this population harder because their immune systems have not been exposed to as many viruses as older people.
Caregiver Contracts Are New and Growing – Nearly a quarter of all the US adult population caring for elderly or sick relatives and 60% of caregivers work at full time jobs. This creates stress for families providing care so some are starting to enter into “caregiver contracts” where relatives get paid a modest amount to care for elderly or disabled family member.
Alzheimer’s Association Launches Comfort Zone TM To Monitor Alzheimer’s Patients – This is a new monitoring technology which allows caregivers to set a safety zone for Alzheimer’s patients. When the person leaves the zone, the caregiver receives a notification.
High Protein Diet May Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s – A study has found that popular high protein diets like the Atkins Diet may increase your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
Retired Football Players Have Higher Rates of Dementia – A study performed for the NFL has found that retired football players have a higher rate of dementia and other memory related diseases than the general US population.
People Who Engage in Cycling and Squatting Activities Have a Greater Risk for Arthritis – People who bicycle a lot or engage frequent squatting activities have a much higher likelihood of developing arthritis in their knees. The arthritis generally occurs after a person reaches middle age.
Parkinson’s Disease is More Likely for People with Gaucher’s Disease – A new study has found that people afflicted with Gaucher’s disease, a rare genetic disorder, are five times more likely to come down with Parkinson’s disease than the general population.