Caregiver News Roundup Sunday April 25, 2010

By John Mills - April 25, 2010 10:46 PM

Caring for Dementia Patients Is Stressful and Isolating – A study from Pennsylvania State University found that caregivers of dementia patients were highly stressed and more likely to suffer from depression and potential mental breakdowns.


New Alzheimer’s Vaccine To Be Tested in Europe
– A vaccine developed by Austrian biotechnology company Affiris will be tested in 6 European countries with 420 participants in the trial. The vaccine works by attacking the plaque which is known to cause Alzheimer’s disease.


Domestic Robot May Help Seniors Live Independently
– European researchers are linking domestic robots with smart homes fitted with sensors and monitoring devices in an effort to help seniors live independently longer.


New Blood Test Could Help Tailor Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
– A simple blood test can help identify which immune system antibodies can be used to treat suffers of Rheumatoid Arthritis.


Caregiver News Roundup Sunday February 14, 2010

By John Mills - February 14, 2010 11:16 PM

Editors Note - Caregiver News Roundup will now be appearing every 2 weeks.

Industrial Chemical Linked to Increased Risk of Getting Parkinson’s
– A new study has found that exposure to the industrial solvent trichloroethylene increases your risk of coming down with Parkinson’s disease by six times.  Trichloroethylene is an industrial cleaner used in dry cleaning, machine shops and in the manufacture of electrical equipment.

Diabetes Drug Increases Risk of Bone Fracture in Older Women – A study has found that women over age 65 who take thiazolidinedione, a drug to treat Type 2 diabetes, were 50% more likely to suffer bone fractures than women not taking the medication.

57 Million Americans Sickened by Swine Flu – The Center for Disease Control estimates that 57 million Americans have come down with the Swine Flu since April 2009.  

Blood Test May Be Able to Predict Rheumatoid Arthritis – A study has found that blood tests maybe able to detect rheumatoid arthritis years before symptoms appear.  This information make it possible for doctors to identify the disease early and help find the most effective treatments for each patient.

Truth about Heart Disease: There Is No Cure – Heart disease is the number 1 cause of the death in the US and as former President Bill Clinton’s stent procedure shows that while it can be treated there is no cure for it.

FDA Wants to Reduce Radiation Exposure in Medical Tests – The Food and Drug Administration has announced a plan to reduce patient’s exposure to radiation in 3 tests – CT scans, nuclear medicine studies and fluoroscopy.  Medical advances over the past 20 years have resulted in a dramatic increase in radiation exposure from tests.

Marijuana Ineffective as a Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease – A new study from Canada has found that marijuana is not effective at combating the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.


Study Finds Working Caregivers Are More Likely to Have Health Issues

By John Mills - February 05, 2010 02:26 PM

Being a caregiver is an incredibly stressful experience and a new study by the MetLife Mature Market Institute has some startling conclusions about its impact.  The report examined employees serving as caregivers and found that they are more likely to suffer from health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and depression than their co-workers.

 

Some of the key findings in the study include:

 

  • Caregivers have health costs which are 8% higher than people who are not caregivers and cost employers $13.4 billion a year.

 

  • Employees serving as caregivers were more likely to report poor health than their co-workers.  For example, 17% of female employees ages 50 and older who were caregivers reported fair or poor health compared to 9% of non-caregivers.

 

  • Employed caregivers find it difficult to take care of their own health care needs and are less likely to get preventive care such as mammograms, annual physicals and preventive health screenings.

 


Caregiver News Roundup Sunday January 17, 2010

By John Mills - January 17, 2010 03:13 PM

 

Genetic Link Found for Parkinson’s Disease – A new study has found that a combination of genetic risks, dietary habits and other environment factors lead to the development of Parkinson’s disease.

 

Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation Center Launched – The American Parkinson’s Disease Association and Boston University have opened the first rehabilitation center aimed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease.  The center will emphasize exercise, a healthy lifestyle and physical therapy as a way to combat and slow progression of the disease.

 

Blood Pressure Drug Reduces the Risk of Dementia – A new study has found that people who take drugs to reduce their blood pressure have a 50% lower risk of coming down with dementia.

 

Caregiver Stress Linked to Hire Risk of Stroke – A new study for the journal Stroke found that caregivers who found the role stressful were 23% more likely to have a stroke.


Caregiver News Roundup Sunday December 20, 2009

By John Mills - December 20, 2009 02:06 PM

US Senate Set to Pass Healthcare Reform by Christmas – An agreement has been reached in the Senate on a healthcare reform bill and a vote is expected before Christmas.  The bill is expected to be merged with the one passed by the US House of Representatives in the New Year.

Participating in Social Services Activities Can Improve Senior’s Brain Function – A new study has found that volunteer activities such as tutoring students can help improve the brain function of older individuals.

Alzheimer’s Takes A Toll on Finances as Well as Memory – Providing daily care to Alzheimer’s patients including feeding, bathing, and other basic activities is costly and takes a huge toll on the finances of the patient and their families. 

Coffee, Tea May Help Prevent Diabetes – A new Australian study has found that drinking coffee and tea reduce your risk of developing Diabetes Type 2.  The study reports that every cup of coffee you drink reduces the risk of diabetes by 7 percent.

Obesity, Inactivity Are Having a Negative Impact in the Fight Against Heart Disease – New information provided by the American Heart Association finds that medical technology is getting better at treating heart and cardiovascular problems.  However, lack of exercise and obesity are reversing many of the gains being made in medical technology.


Caregiver News for Sunday November 8, 2009

By John Mills - November 08, 2009 09:04 AM
Healthcare Reform Passes House of Representatives –  A bill to reform the US healthcare system passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 220-215.  The bill includes a requirement that all people have health insurance, eliminates denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions, and provides a new regulatory structure for the health insurance industry.

Flu Facts for Patients for Dementia – The Alzheimer Foundation issued a list of tips for patients with dementia and the flu. One of the most important things is to look out for both Swine Flu and regular flu since both viruses will also be of concern this winter.

More Evidence That Alzheimer’s Is Hereditary – A Dutch study has found that about 60% of the risk on contracting the disease is based on genetics.  A gene called apolipoprotein E is believed to be the cause.   People with a variant called APOE e4 are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those without it.

Discovery of New Protein Offers Hope for Parkinson’s Patients – Scientists at Iowa State University have discovered the presence of protein kinase-C, a dopamine killer.  In people suffering from Parkinson's Disease the brain cells producing dopamine die.  It is hoped that knowing what causes these cells to die will lead to a cure.  

It’s National Family Caregivers Month – President Obama has declared November Family Caregivers Month to recognize the extraordinary work of this group of people

Sunday Caregiver News Roundup

By John Mills - October 18, 2009 08:34 PM

 

eCareDairy.com blog is starting a new feature today which is the Sunday Caregiver News Roundup. We will review important news stories from the previous week with a quick summary of the article and a link to it.

Swine Vaccine Shortage Predicted – The Centers for Disease Control is predicting a shortage of swine flu vaccine. Only 28-30 million doses will be available instead of the 40 million predicted over the summer. The cause is delays from vaccine manufacturers.


Argument About Swine Flu Vaccinations Continues
– Concerns about the safety of the swine flu vaccine has fueled debate whether or not people should get a vaccination.


Study Says Surfing the Web Can Help Slow Dementia
– A University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) study showed increased brain activity for seniors with dementia who spend at least one hour a day on the Internet. It appears that the old adage of use it or lose it is really true.


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