Tag: long term care

Help Stop the Spread of “Superbugs” with Judicious Antibiotic Use

When used properly, antibiotics can safely and effectively treat conditions such as strep throat and urinary tract infections. But the overuse and misuse of antibiotics is contributing to a growing public health threat: the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Earlier this year, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy

Newsbriefs: COPD Treatment; Intestinal Infection Treatment

COPD Treatment Guidelines Revised.
The Global Initiative for the Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) released revised and updated recommendations for assessing COPD, therapies, nonpharmacologic therapies and COPD and common comorbidities, its third revision since 2001. Highlights of the report include recommendations to 1) separate spirometric values

2. Eating To Beat Disease

When you have a chronic health condition or are at increased risk of a chronic disease, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, or celiac disease, it’s natural to focus on foods you should limit or avoid. However, you’ll likely find eating more enjoyable if you shift your attention to substituting

Infectious Diseases and Antibiotic Treatment: 5 Things to Question

Medical conditions and disorders are stressful enough without having to think of all the questions you might have for your doctor.
But an initiative from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation called “Choosing Wisely” (www.choosingwisely.org) may help start a dialogue with your health care practitioner.
In the area of infectious

10. Practical Advice: Legal, Financial, Healthcare

Receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be emotionally charged, and practical matters may be neglected. But at some point, early on, it will be necessary to make certain legal and financial decisions and to think about future care. Even if a person with Alzheimer’s disease is still capable of handling his

8. Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease

If a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease and you will be the primary caregiver, there’s much you need to know, both about how to care for the person with the condition and about how to care for yourself. More than half of the people with Alzheimer’s disease are cared for

9. Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (often called TB) is a contagious disease that usually attacks the lungs. Before effective treatment became available in the 1940s, TB was a dreaded disease that killed many people while sparing others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the early 1900s one out of

Independent Living to Dependent Living: A Staged Approach

Independent Living to Dependent Living: A Staged Approach

Anticipating how your needs will change with aging can be daunting, but taking measures to plan for those changes can make the eventual transition from independence to dependence smoother. Careful planning can also potentially prolong your independent living, allowing for more of your needs to be met inside your home.

Get Vaccinated to Reduce Your Pneumonia Risk

When you schedule this year’s flu shot, make sure you also arrange to get the updated pneumonia vaccine if you haven’t had it already. It’s one of the best ways you can protect yourself from the infection, which is a leading cause of death and hospitalization in older adults.
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