People who become caregivers whether to a spouse, parent or other loved oneÑoften do so without much training or preparation. Dementia can take hold of an individual slowly, allowing a caregiver to get used to the changes in personality and abilities. But sometimes, a rapidly progressive dementia (RPD) can take
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For people diagnosed with dementia and for their caregivers, maintaining an optimal quality of life can often seem like an impossible goal. But in a recent study of nearly 3,000 people who were either diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia or who were caregivers for people with dementia, researchers identified
When you hear the words “palliative care,” what comes to mind? If you said “hospice” or “terminal illness,” you have a common misconception about what palliative care is and how it can benefit patients.
“Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with chronic or serious illnesses with the goal of
Even when a son or daughter has moved out of the house and is starting life as a young adult, the dynamic between parent and child often remains similar to what it has always been: The parent is wiser and can be turned to for help when needed.
But over time,
Thanks to medical advances, Americans are living longer than at any other time in history. For many, the same medical technology that increases lifespan also increases quality of life. But for some, longevity comes at the expense of dignity and comfort, and in contravention of what they may actually want.
Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer in men (after skin cancer) and the second-most-common cause of cancer-related death in men (after lung cancer). Latest data from the American Cancer Society: One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and one in 41 will die from
Hidden deep within the male pelvis is a small gland about the size of a walnut known as the prostate. The prostate is an essential part of the male reproductive system. But it suffers from a serious design flaw.
Similar to a rubber ring, the prostate surrounds the urethra, the thin,
What are opioids? That’s simple: Morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and fentanyl are opiods. Heroin is an illegal opioid. Opioids are derived from the opium poppy (or synthetic derivatives) and act on the nervous system to relieve pain.
What’s not so simple is why the United States is in the midst of
ALS—the abbreviation for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—is a rare neurological disorder that’s eventually fatal. It was July 4, 1939, when Lou Gehrig made his famous “luckiest man alive” speech at Yankee Stadium, an event that helped give widespread attention to ALS. Gehrig, when he was diagnosed, was only 36 years old
Q: Is it true that there is a blood test for cancer now?
A: Developing blood tests for cancer is one of the hottest research goals in medicine. These tests are also called “liquid biopsies.” John Hopkins researchers recently developed a single blood test that screens for eight common cancer types