Monday, June 4, 2018







                                 June is National Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month !




     Stroke, Bell's palsy, and sudden deafness are conditions that each have a specific window of time to get evaluated or treated. Learn the signs and seek immediate help to reduce or reverse any disability.




Stroke: There are two kinds of stroke. An ischemic stroke is a blockage that prevents blood flow to the brain, says David Wang, DO, FAAN, chair of The American Academy of Neurology Stroke Section and Clinical professor of neurology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.


Know the signs:
  1. Facial droop
  2. Arm or leg weakness
  3. Speech problems (an inability to speak or garbled speech)
  4. Sudden bad headache
  5. Double vision
  6. Difficulty walking
  7. Vision loss
  8. Sudden loss of sensation on one side of the body










                                Pharmaceutical companies make me hot under the collar:


                                             We Americans need a call to action:


The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and other leading medical organizations have called for major changes in how drug prices are determined in the United States. In early 2017, the AAN issued a position statement on three major areas of action that would lower drug costs.




#1:  Negotiate Price: Grant authority to federal agencies to negotiate prices with drug manufacturers under Medicare . This would allow the government to use its purchasing power to obtain prescription drugs at a lower price.( and where Medicare goes, private insurers typically follow.)


#2:  Be Transparent : Require manufacturers to disclose pricing information, including how drugs are priced and the prices paid by insurers and consumers, and limit direct -to-consumer advertising, which creates demand for unnecessary or inappropriate medications and contributes to marketing costs.


#3:  Allow importation : Allow the importation of the same high-quality prescription drugs from Canada when prices for those prescriptions are less expensive than in the United States. Many specialty drugs are priced much higher in the United States than in other countries.

Thursday, April 19, 2018













                                                     What is Alzheimer's Disease?


What is it?


 Alzheimer's is a progressive disease of memory loss and thinking difficulties. It involves protein fragments called plaques and tangles , which are suspected of disrupting communication among nerve cells in the brain.


Who is most at risk?


People over age 65,those with a family history of the disease, and those with certain genetic mutations in a gene called APOE. Mild cognitive impairment, severe head trauma, and lack of social and intellectual engagement appear to raise risk, too. there's also evidence that the odds of getting the disease with unhealthy behaviors such as smoking or as being sedentary.


How to prevent it:


" A healthy heart life-style is a brain-healthy lifestyle, " potentially reducing Alzhiemer 's disease symptoms by as much as 40%, says Pierre Tariot, director of the Banner Alzheimer's disease Institute in Phoenix and a professor at The University of Arizona Medical School. The goal is to lower inflammation to keep blood vessels and the brain cells healthy, since "the cardiovascular system provides the pipes that provide blood to our brain," says Tariot.


Follow the Mind Diet:


This diet focuses on the 10 brain-healthy foods including beans, berries, fish, nuts, vegetables, and whole grains. The diet-developed by Martha Clare Morris, a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush University's medical school, along with several colleagues-emphasizes the importance of eating these foods while severely limiting consumption of butter, cheese, and fried and fast foods. One study showed that this diet can lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's by 53% if followed rigorously. 


Exercise regularly and maintain normal blood pressure.


Get enough sleep" Aim for 7 to 8 hours a night. Beta-amyloid, one of the proteins associated with Alzheimer's, diminishes in sleep. Plus, " the brain literally clears itself out " during sleep, says Rudolph Tanzi, a neurology professor at Harvard University and director of Massachusetts General Hospital's Genetics and Aging research Unit.


Try Brain Training Excercises. The recent Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly Study, funded by the National Institute On Aging, found that cognitive activities showed help in enhancing reasoning and showed promise in keeping Alzheimer's at bay.











Monday, April 16, 2018







                            Lung Cancer.....WHAT is it? WHO is the most at risk? HOW to prevent it!






        What Lung Cancer is: This form of cancer, which kills more people than breast and colon cancers combined , occurs when cells in the lungs grow rapidly and out of control. The most aggressive type is small-cell lung cancer, while the most common kind is non-small-cell cancer, which affects about 85% of patients and spreads more slowly.




      Who is most at risk? Smokers, those with a family history of the disease, and people exposed to air pollution, asbestos, radon, or secondhand smoke. Although cigarette smoking accounts for more than 80% of lung cancer cases, many nonsmokers get the disease too, and their numbers are on the rise. "All you need to get lung cancer are lungs," says Dr. David Cooke, head of general thoracic surgery at The University of California , Davis.




      How can one prevent it?


1) If you smoke, quit. And avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.


2) Pay attention to air-quality alerts. Heed community warnings to stay inside when high levels of pollutants are in the air.


3) Keep a check on radon levels to make sure they stay low. Radon, an invisible radioactive gas, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.


4) Eat plenty of produce: The antioxidants in produce appear to protect against cancer.


5)Request a low-dose CT scan if you are a smoker an ex-smoker. While the screening test doesn't prevent cancer , it can detect the disease earlier.

Monday, April 2, 2018







                                        April Showers bring May flowers!!




            How can you make your fitness routine blossom? How can you get the benefits of a personal trainer without spending the BIG BUCKS? What do fitness pros know that we don't?




           1) The best trainer is the one inside your head.


"Positive self-talk can motivate you to stay active. While you exercise, tell yourself you're doing a good job. You'll be more likely to exercise again the next day."




            2) A little prep goes a long way.


" Set out exercise clothes the night before. This help you roll out of bed and get moving."




            3) Success requires some inner digging.


"Try to think about inspirational people and what inspires you."




            4) Being slower and weaker can have its perks.


" Inviting a friend or family member over who is in better shape may push you harder."




            5) Remember it is easier to cut calories than to burn them.




" Some people work out for months and wonder why they are not losing more weight than they have." So remember weight loss is 80% of what you eat and 20% of working out. So when you see that last piece of pie....try sharing with a friend!



Thursday, March 22, 2018











                                        March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!




          Of Cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer - elated deaths in The United States. To help combat the disease, Medicare provides coverage for screening.....


           What you can do:  If you're 50 to 75 years old, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. If you're younger than 50 and think you may be at risk of getting colorectal cancer, or if you're older than 75, ask your dr. if you should be screened.
  • Be physically active.
  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Don't drink too much alcohol.
  • Don't smoke.


Monday, March 19, 2018

   




                                                              St.Patricks Day!



                      Why is it celebrated? It was a religious feast day to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland,


 but it is now a festival celebrated around the globe, to celebrate Irish Culture. How do people


celebrate it? Most places: people dance, eat special foods , and wear green. Some Irish dishes are :


Shepherd's Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew and Soda Bread.


                     The most common character associated with St. Patrick's Day is the Leprechaun.The


 four-leaf clover is also associated with St. Patrick's Day. It has been said that a four-leaf clover will


bring you good luck. However, the most common St. Patrick's Day symbol is the shamrock.The


 shamrock is the leaf of  the three leaf clover plant and is a symbol of the Holy Trinity.


                      Here are some St. Patrick's Day Activities to celebrate with those suffering from


                      Dementia and Alzheimer's.:


                      1) Music: Listen to "When Irish Eyes are Smiling or Dannie Boy


                      2) Shamrock Snack: Cut slices of green peppers(the shamrocks) and place atop of


                       cheese covered English muffins. Put the muffin the oven to toast and melt the cheese.


                      3) Create a rainbow snack using froot loop cereal, then eat!


                      4) Shamrock stamping: Using an Irish Potato cut a clover in the potato then dip in green


                      paint...ta da...shamrock stamping!