Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) isn’t simply one disease, but a term used to describe serious lung problems such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Severe, non-reversible asthma can sometimes be considered a form of COPD. Guidelines for treatment of these serious respiratory conditions call for a mix of medications, oxygen
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If you’ve been feeling bone pain, your doctor may take one look at that stiff, swollen joint or that loss of motion and suspect that what you’ve got is the inevitable onset of age-related osteoarthritis (OA) or the autoimmune disorder that leads to rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
But to refine that diagnosis,
Various dementia types can be caused by medical or psychiatric conditions, among them high fever, vitamin deficiency, head trauma, or depression. These are the so-called “reversible dementias.” Other dementia types are irreversible and—if you’re wondering, “Is dementia hereditary?”—can be caused by family genes.
Let’s look at reversible dementias first. It’s important
MCI to Dementia
Progressing from MCI to dementia means the difference between forgetting names, dates, or what you intended to buy at the supermarket, and having significant trouble functioning in your day-to-day life. The progression of MCI to dementia can alter many aspects of who you are, including your memory, personality
Even though COPD cannot be cured, it can be treated. Treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms, preventing the disease from getting worse, improving the ability to exercise, preventing and treating complications, and preventing and treating exacerbations.
For those with COPD who are current smokers, the most important first treatment will be
Q: My sister, who is 69, has always been mentally alert. Recently, however, she suddenly began showing signs of severe memory problems, such as frequent confusion about the date and time, constant forgetfulness, and even occasional trouble recognizing friends or relatives. Could this signal the beginning of dementia?
A: Any serious changes in
Lung power is brainpower. Without sufficient oxygen delivered by the lungs, the brain—which represents just two percent of the body’s weight, but consumes 25 percent of its oxygen you—cannot function properly. In the short term, a lack of oxygen may cause temporary symptoms such as lightheadedness and poor motor skills.
Research suggests that restful, restorative sleep is a prerequisite for the health and proper functioning of the brain, and that chronic sleep insufficiency can be highly damaging in a variety of ways. For example, a study published Dec. 20, 2015 in Nature Neuroscience suggests that poor sleep may be linked
UCLA medical researchers are testing heart-surgery recovery and stroke therapy wearable tools that directly provide data to doctors rather than relying on patients’ imperfect memories. About a dozen UCLA heart-surgery patients went home with toolboxes that contain a pre-programmed computer tablet and wireless digital sensors that patients use to measure
Common drug treatments for inflammatory diseases may be weakening your bones; among the major glucocorticoids side effects is a condition called glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis.