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 2002-04-15 Neural Stem Cells Can Develop into Functional Neurons
 A new study done at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and at The Salk Institute shows that adult stem cells can become working brain cells. The investigators said that these cells (neurons) seem to be exactly like normal adult neurons. One difference was that the stem cell derived neurons did not have as many synapses, or connections, as normal neurons. They are not sure whether this anomaly is due to the adult stem cells which they used or to a fault in the experiment protocol. Much more study will be required before it is known whether adult stem cells can be used as effectively as embryonic stem cells in treating cases of damage to the brain and nervous tissue.
--Howard Hughes Medical Institute -
 2002-02-10 Transplant Drug "Protects Against Cancer"
 Transplant patients have been found to be more likely to develop certain cancers. Cyclosporine, a common anti-rejection drug, has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. A new drug, rapamycin, seems to handle the anti-rejection qualities needed by transplant patients, and it also seems to control and prevent the growth of tumors in tests on mice.
--BBC News
 2002-02-10 Alzheimer's Patients Get Lost From Motion Blindness
 Disorientation in Alzheimer's patients may be due to more than the patient forgetting where he is going or where he lives. New evidence suggests that there is a part of the brain that detects self-movement. Patients seem to have lost function in this part of the brain and do not realize that they are moving. Therefore, they are surprised to find themselves in a different place, and they don't know how they got there.
 2002-02-07 Drug Transforms Life for Lung Patients
 Tests with a new drug, tiotropium, have found that it not only improved lung function in COPD patients, it also reduced the number and severity of attacks that patients experienced. Researchers are still cautious about recommending this new drug, though, for the general population of lung patients.
--BBC News
 2002-02-07 FDA Approves Leukemia Drug for Gastrointestinal Cancer
 The serious cancer drug with the funny name is now approved for use against another type of cancer.
--The Dallas Morning News/
 2002-02-04 Altered Images for Brain Damage Patients
 Brain injury occasionally causes an unusual condition known as visual agnosia. This condition can cause people to have trouble recognizing faces, objects, or animals. For some, a family member may not be recognizable - until they speak or move! Others don't recognize familiar animals as real and believe that fantasy animals are real. Interesting photos of invented animals accompany the article.
--BBC News
 2002-02-04 New Test Detects Colon Cancer Gene
 A non-invasive test for colorectal cancer has been tested in a small group of patients. The test looks for mutations in a specific gene. These mutations are known to initiate the cancer, so finding evidence of them can lead to an early diagnosis while the cancer is more easily cured. While the percentages of mutations found in patients with the cancer are not high, the number of false positives was zero. This alone can make the test more attractive to those who may fear the results of tests.
--Howard Hughes Medical Institute News
 2002-02-04 E. coli Could Provide Alzheimer's Clue
 The same bacteria that cause food poisoning also produce plaque-forming amyloid fibers similar to those found in Alzheimer's patients. While this discovery gives researchers an easier way to study the amyloid production process, it also leads to some interesting questions, such as, can bacterial infection cause plaque formation?
--BBC News
 2002-02-04 Medicare Widens Funding for Diet Help
 Preventive nutrition therapy is finally covered by Medicare. As of the beginning of the year, nearly 5 million diabetic and kidney patients are eligible for individualized medical nutrition therapy. A 1999 study showed that therapy provided by registered dietitians could save federal money. The details of the program are still being worked out, but dietitians are readily signing up to provide services under the program.
--Washington Post
 2001-12-20 Caring for Loved Ones Takes Its Toll
 A new study shows that former spousal caregivers still show signs of depression a few years after their spouses have died. Several tips for managing stress and stress-reduction techniques are listed.
 2001-10-25 Carers Lack Vital Support
 Results from a survey of caregivers in the U.K. It shows areas in which caregivers need help and how caregiving affects health.
 2001-10-25 A Carer's "Isolated" World
 A profile of one woman's life as a caregiver for her husband.
 2001-08-24 New Drug Recommended for Patients Getting Heart Surgery
 Combining aspirin with a new drug, Plavix, seems to cut the risks of heart attacks and strokes after heart bypass surgery as well as after balloon angioplasty and coronary stenting. Long-term effects are not yet known, but at the moment researchers are only recommending this treatment for up to one year.
 2001-08-24 Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs' Link to Tuberculosis Examined
 Two rheumatoid arthritis drugs, Remicade and Enbrel, are becoming associated with increased risk of tuberculosis. Because the method of relieving inflammation also inhibits the immune system, people with inactive TB may experience renewed infection. Remicade is urging doctors to give patients a TB skin test before starting them on the drug. Other "opportunistic" infections are also possible while taking these drugs.
 2001-08-22 Leaving Your Loved One Home Alone
 Some important questions to ask when considering whether you can leave your loved one alone.
 2001-08-22 Government Takes Glimpse of Assisted Living Facilities
 A report released by the U.S. government surveys assisted-living facilities in an attempt to provide a better sense of what is available to seniors.
 2001-08-22 Caregiver Burnout
 Symptoms of burnout and strategies for dealing with burnout are listed.
 2001-08-22 Experts Find Dangers in Emphysema Surgery
 A common operation used to treat emphysema is now being questioned in the cases of very ill patients.
 2001-08-22 Urinary Incontinence Treatments for Women
 A listing of the types of incontinence and some new treatments available.
 2001-08-22 Heart Failure Gets a New Drug
 Natrecor, the first new treatment approved for heart failure in 14 years, seems to be safer than nitroglycerin and other treatments now available.
 2001-08-07 Study: Cutting Cholesterol for the Old Could Be Bad
 A Hawaiian study published in The Lancet medical journal shows that low cholesterol levels in Japanese-American men over 70 can lead to an increased risk of death. However, it is still unclear what the predominant factor in this study is - the age or the ethnicity of the test subjects.
 2001-08-07 Researchers Optimistic About Alzheimer's Vaccine
 A New York University School of Medicine study on mice which have been given the human gene for Alzheimer's shows that a new vaccine dramatically reduced the formation of the plaques that kill nerve cells, causing the symptoms of Alzheimer's. The researchers hope to start testing in humans within the year.
 2001-07-30 Caregiving Boomers Sandwiched Between Young and Old
 The AARP reports the results from a new survey of American baby boomers.
 2001-07-30 Caregivers: The Invisible Patient
 A profile of three caregivers including Suzanne Mintz, founder of the National Family Caregivers Association. Several resources are listed.
 2001-07-01 Aging & Nutrition Concerns
 Since many caregivers are caring for older loved ones, this article by Registered Dietitian Laura Garrett can help you determine the differences in nutritional needs for older people. Of course, please use this information in conjunction with any dietary requirements established by your loved one's doctors. (a WebSeed Publishing Website)
 2001-07-01 A Portrait of Alzheimer's
 A report on an amazing study of the progression of Alzheimer's as seen through the eyes of an artist with the disease. This is a visual record of what happens inside the brain of an affected person. The differences in perception are clear for those who have no experience of the disease.
--BBC News
 2001-07-01 Parkinson's Disease
 This overview provides information on Parkinson's Disease, its symptoms, treatments, and tips for patients and caregivers. This is good basic information with resources.
 2001-07-01 Stretching and Flexibility
 Caregiving can reduce the time we spend taking care of ourselves, but that is exactly what we must do if we are to continue to care for our loved ones. This article on stretching teaches the basics of stretching effectively to prevent injury and increase mobility. As the author says, "You should aim to stretch all your major muscle groups at least once a day, even if you do not plan on participating in physical activity - especially if you do not plan on participating in any physical activity."
 2001-05-13 Little Orange Pill Gets Green Light
 The first of what researchers hope are many new cancer-specific drugs was approved by the FDA on May 10 for use in the U.S. Gleevec should be available by prescription within a week of its approval for people with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). It also may show promise for use against other types of cancer. And in an unprecedented move, Novartis, the pharmaceutical company that makes Gleevec, is offering the drug free or at a lower cost to patients who cannot afford the expensive medicine.
--CBS News
 2001-05-08 A Spice of Life: Turmeric Helps Arthritis and Cancer
 Have a little curry to celebrate National Arthritis Month this May! The same turmeric that colors curry targets the enzyme that arthritis drugs Vioxx and Celebrex work on. While you shouldn't throw away your pills, turmeric does seem to ease arthritic pain.
 2001-05-08 Where Does Your "Self" Live?
 Scientists have found the place in the brain that holds our personalities, the part that makes you "you". This amazing work can lead to treatments for people with frontotemporal dementia, or Pick's disease. These people radically change their beliefs, likes, and dislikes in midlife, and eventually cannot move, talk, or express themselves.
 2001-05-02 Osteoporosis Sufferers: This Time, It May Be a Breakthrough
 Our elders may not have to worry about osteoporosis for much longer. A new treatment is expected to gain approval by the FDA this summer and be available for prescription this fall. Based on a completely different mechanism for building bone density, Forteo has shown that it increases bone density about twice as much per year as the commonly prescribed Fosamax and Actonel.
 2001-05-02 Health Tips from the Pros: How Doctors and Other Experts Live, Eat, and Exercise
 Caregivers rarely consider taking care of themselves but need to do just that in order to take care of their loved ones. Look over these tips from busy medical and healthcare professionals to see how you might incorporate some of their ideas into your life.
 2001-04-30 Breakthrough in
 Japanese researchers have beaten British and American teams to produce the first complete genome of two of the most dangerous bacteria. These bacteria had become resistant to almost all antibiotics and are the major cause of hospital infections. With the genomes complete, research can begin on effective vaccines and therapies to combat the infections the bacteria cause.
--BBC News/Health
 2001-04-28 Taking Care of the Greatest Generation: Are Baby-Boomers Ready for the Challenge?
 Do you have elderly parents whose health is failing? Experts say begin talking to them about options for potential care as early as possible. There is no one way to do it, so take all the factors surrounding your family into consideration. And don't forget about the financial aspects!
 2001-04-27 If the Shoe Fits, You May Not Be Wearing It
 Women caregivers, if you spend a lot of time on your feet, you may want to pay more attention to the shoes you have on your feet. This article explains why women's shoes aren't made to fit women's feet!
 2001-04-27 Early Growth Linked to Heart Disease
 European research suggests a strong link between early growth and coronary heart disease. Slow pre-natal growth and slow growth in the first year of life may predispose children to poor health later in life.
--BBC News/Health
 2001-04-25 Fighting Cancer with Exercise
 Exercise has proven to be such an enormous aid to staying healthy during cancer treatments that new cancer patient exercise classes are springing up. A new cancer exercise specialist certification program is being developed for use starting next year.
 2001-04-22 Nutrition Thieves: Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Robs Elderly of Vitamins
 "Bacterial overgrowth syndrome" may lead many seniors to suffer from weight loss, anemia, and nutritional deficiency. A new breath test can help identify this problem that not only robs people of needed nutrients but may reduce the efficiency of medicine.
 2001-04-22 Pill Makes Chemotherapy Easier to Swallow
 A common colon cancer chemotherapy drug has been re-formulated as a pill. Xeloda produces fewer side effects and is more convenient, but it may not be for everyone. Further research is being conducted to determine who might benefit the most from the treatments.
 2001-04-05 Mother Nature Can Be Nurturing
 An environmental health expert says we shouldn't just focus on the harmful elements of our environment. In an article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Dr. Howard Frumkin notes that beautiful landscapes can actually make us feel better. Even inside, nature in the form of plants and animals can bring us health benefits - without medicine.
--WebMD Medical News
 2001-04-05 Note to Self: Buy Memory-Boosting Beeper
 A British study examined the use of pagers programmed to remind the user to do various tasks. The subjects of the study suffered from memory-impairment due to stroke, brain injury, and early Alzheimer's disease. The patients were able to live more independently, which relieved caregivers and other family members of some of their worry.
--WebMD Medical News
 2001-04-01 Time Off is Essential for Caregivers, Report Says
 A report from the American Psychological Association stresses the need for time off for caregivers, especially for those who care for Alzheimer's and other dementia patients. A list of suggestions is included.
--Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas)
 2001-03-27 Pill Seen as Advance for "Mild Heart Attack"
 Plavix, a pill already in use for other heart problems, could help reduce the numbers of deaths, heart attacks, and strokes significantly according to research presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology last week.
 2001-03-27 Who's Watching Grandma?
 Legislators in some states are proposing bills that would let nursing home residents install cameras in their rooms. Associated Press
 2001-03-22 Shame on You: Self-Blame Can Literally Make You Sick
 A study at UCLA shows that shame, more than guilt, can increase stress hormones that affect your immune system. This can lower your resistance to disease.
--WebMD Health
 2001-03-22 AHA: Nurse Shortage, Budget Cuts Hamper ER Care
 A nursing shortage and rising ER visits have many hospitals on frequent "drive-by" status. Some states are already experiencing a shortage of nurses, and it's only a matter of time before it is a nationwide problem, unless something is done soon. Health Week
 2001-03-20 Heparin May Reduce Cancer's Spread
 The common blood thinner Heparin may keep cancer cells from spreading through the bloodstream by allowing the body's immune system to recognize and attack these cells.
--WebMD Health
 2001-03-18 Docs Urged to Keep Up with Alternative Medicine
 The March issue of Pediatrics suggests that doctors must keep up with complementary and alternative medicine because parents often use these therapies on their disabled or chronically ill children. Caregivers should also make sure that they discuss any of these therapies that they use with their loved one's doctors.
 2001-03-18 Forgiving Others May Do A Body Good
 Holding a grudge may hurt you more than the person you just can't forgive.
 2001-03-08 Cavemen Don't Get Alzheimer's
 A study appearing in this month's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that physical and intellectual activity in the years between 20 and 60 may help prevent Alzheimer's significantly. Though this is an early study, it may signal hope for family members who fear that they will inherit a parent's illness.
 2001-03-08 20 Ways to Care for Caregivers
 A list of tips and suggestions from caregivers and care managers at the Medicare Alzheimer's Project in Florida. These ideas apply to caregivers dealing with any condition.
 2001-03-02 Cancer Pill Speeds Through Testing
 There appears to be new hope for patients with a common type of leukemia. Dramatic results have been seen in drug trials for a new pill called Glivec. The FDA has approved it for "fast track" status. It cannot yet be considered a cure because it has only been tested for three years. Normally, a patient must be free of cancer for 5 years before he is considered cured. However, given the high response rates and the minimal side effects shown thus far, Glivec could be on the market by the end of this year.
 2001-02-24 Easing the Load for the Dying
 Information on hospice and palliative care.
--OnHealth with WebMD
 2001-02-24 Organ Transplant Demand Rises Dramatically
 The annual report of the United Network for Organ Sharing finds that while the number of organs donated by living donors has increased over the last few years, the numbers of people on the transplant waiting lists have far outgrown the supply.
 2001-02-23 Seniors Most in Need of Home Care May Not Get It
 A new study shows changes in which seniors receive home health care.
 2001-02-23 Pill Bottles 'Talk' to Elderly
 Soon, a smart chip on prescription bottles may be read aloud by a small battery-operated reader, helping the blind and those with poor eyesight take their medicine correctly without the help of another person.
 2001-02-23 Cell Transplants Possibly Repair Stroke Damage
 Long-term hope for stroke survivors was presented in a study at the 26th International Stroke Association meeting in Florida.

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