Tag: palliative care

Helping Caregivers Care for Themselves

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

Learn the Basics of Living Well with Dementia

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

Palliative Care Can Improve Your Quality of Life

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

2. Prostate Cancer

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

1. Introduction: What Is the Prostate?

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?

What Are Opioids?

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: What Is Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

ALS: What Is Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

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

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