An App to Detect alzheimer’s

Do you have an iPad or iPhone? An app available on these two devices could detect and track the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about how Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company, is working with game developer, Akili Interactive Labs, to determine if their “Neuroracer” app can detect early signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia in seemingly healthy senior…

Games for people with Alzheimer’s

Games for people with Alzheimer’s can be low-tech, high-tech, or anything in between. Every care community in the world probably has a Bingo game – and that’s about as low tech as you can get – yet Bingo has been shown to have positive effects when played by Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients. When I…

How does a deaf person communicate?

Deaf people may not be able to hear what you’re saying, but that doesn’t mean they can’t understand you. Especially if they use lip reading as a way to interpret conversations. Lip reading This is a technique to understand speech by visually interpreting the movements of the lips and tongue, using facial expression and body…

What is hypoplastic right heart syndrome (HRHS)?

Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS) is a condition that is even more rare than Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). HRHS refers to the underdevelopment of the right side structures of the heart, which means that the chambers, valves and related blood vessels on the right side of the heart are malformed. This malformation involves the…

Symptoms of Muscular Dystrophy

Below are the symptoms of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common form of the disease. The symptoms of Becker muscular dystrophy are similar but tend start in the mid-twenties or later, are milder, and progress more slowly. Initial symptoms A waddling gait Pain and stiffness in the muscles Difficulty with running and jumping Walking on…

Cervical Cancer Facts

When sports reporter Erin Andrews announced in January that she’d been diagnosed with cervical cancer, many headlines used the same word: secret. After all, the world was unaware she had undergone two procedures for it while working through the 2016-2017 NFL season and co-hosting Dancing with the Stars. But the word choice also underscores how…

Fibromyalgia symptoms

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition which leaves a person extremely tired, with an aching body and deep muscle pain. It’s estimated nearly 3% of the population is affected and more women than men have the condition. There is currently no cure – but there are treatments and people with mild to moderate fibromyalgia are able…

Fibromyalgie Treatment

Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition. It has no specific causes and no known cure. Yet for those who have it — as many as one in 50 Americans — the chronic pain, fatigue, and psychological strain of fibromyalgia are all too clear. Fibromyalgia symptoms are treatable, however. Fibromyalgia Treatment: Start With a Diagnosis Fibromyalgia is…

Treatments for heart failure

While there isn’t a cure for heart failure at the moment, the treatments available to control symptoms are helping many people live full and active lives. Your doctor is likely to prescribe drugs that will help control your blood pressure and help the pumping action of your heart. They will also give you advice about…

What is heart failure?

Having heart failure means that for some reason your heart is not pumping blood around the body as well as it used to.  The most common reason is that your heart muscle has been damaged, for example after a heart attack. It can be very frightening to hear that you or a person close to…

What is heart disease?

Your heart is a muscle that gets energy from blood carrying oxygen and nutrients. Having a constant supply of blood keeps your heart working properly. Most people think of heart disease as one condition. But in fact, heart disease is a group of conditions affecting the structure and functions of the heart and has many…