October 2019 is Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) Awareness Month

Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) Awareness Month is to raise awareness about the most misdiagnosed dementia. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), Lewy body dementia (LBD) is the second most common dementia after Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The theme of this year’s LBD Dementia month is “Love is Greater than Lewy.” This is to say…

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Unusual Kind of Shoe is Helping Stroke Patients to Walk

A special kind of therapeutic shoe was designed to improve stroke recovery in people who are left with a dragging foot. The shoe was engineered by Moterum LLC a startup company located in the University of South Florida (USF) Research Park. Clinical trials have been completed on the iStride shoe which is supposed to hit…

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Parkinson’s Disease and Driving

When is it Time to Stop Driving with Parkinson’s Disease? In answer to this question, the Michael Fox Organization published an article written by Dr. Rachel Dolhun about driving and Parkinson’s disease (PD). First of all, Dr. Dolhun points out that driving is an important means for socialization, for keeping in touch with family and…

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FDA will Require 13 New Graphic Health Warnings on Cigarette Packs

On August 15, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that there will be 13 new required health warnings on cigarette packages. Each warning will be accompanied by graphic colored photos showing the horrible consequences of diseases caused by smoking. The goal is to educate the public about some of the less commonly known…

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Seniors and the Stress of Sudden Financial Loss

Sudden financial loss is stressful for everyone. However, for seniors over the age of 65 sudden financial loss can be deadly. In fact, according to a study published April 3, in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), seniors who suffered a sudden major financial loss had  a 50% chance of death from all causes…

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Vitamin B12 Can Help to Prevent and Treat Diabetic Neuropathy

Deficiency of Vitamin B12 puts Diabetics at Risk for Diabetic Nerve Damage Diabetics are at high risk for diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which is diabetic nerve damage. A British study was presented November 21, 2018 at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Glasgow. The results of their research suggest that earlier detection of Vitamin B12…

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Respite Care is a Chance for Overburdened Caregivers to get a Break

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost six million seniors over the age of 65 receive home health services for chronic and acute disease conditions. These include neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the number one leading cause of dementia in the United States and is…

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One in Two Women and One in Three Men will Get Dementia, Stroke or Parkinson’s

According to a study published October, 2018 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, it is estimated that one in two women and one in three men will get dementia, a stroke or Parkinson’s disease during their lifetime. However, the researchers emphasize that this risk could be lowered by 20-50% if preventive strategies could…

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The Role of Uric Acid, Dairy Products and Fish in Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease and it is increasing at an alarming rate. It is estimated that about a million Americans have Parkinson’s disease and about 10 million people have it worldwide. It is a progressive disease that to date has no cure. Treatment…

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Preparing for a Total Hip Replacement

Osteoarthritis is the Most Common Reason for Needing a Total Hip Replacement Advanced osteoarthritis of the hip is the most common reason for needing a total hip replacement. Other reasons can be from a fall or accident that leads to a hip fracture. Most Seniors are Affected by Osteoarthritis by Age 70 Most seniors are…

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