The theme of the International Day of Older Persons 2017

“Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.” This year’s day is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies at large. It focuses on the pathways that support full and effective participation in old age, in accordance with old persons’…

How to Identify a Substance Abuse Problem

Definition of substance abus – excessive use of a drug (such as alcohol, narcotics, or cocaine) :  use of a drug without medical justification Bridgewater, N.J. (October 4, 2013) – According to PsychCentral, “Often, addicts and alcoholics are the last to know they have a problem, because they cannot see the outward signs of addiction.”…

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…

Congenital Hearth Defects

Some congenital heart defects cause no signs or symptoms. For some people, signs or symptoms occur later in life. They can recur years after you’ve had treatment for a heart defect. Common congenital heart disease symptoms you might have as an adult include: Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) A bluish tint to the skin, lips and…

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…

What is Muscular dystrophy?

Muscular Dystrophy is a  group of disorders characterized by a progressive loss of muscle mass and consequent loss of strength. The most common form of muscular dystrophy – Duchenne muscular dystrophy – typically affects young boys, but other variations can strike in adulthood. Currently, there is no cure for muscular dystrophy, but certain physical and…

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…

September is national Oral Health Month

September is national Oral Health Month – time to pay extra attention to your dental routine, particularly as two of the world’s most common health problems affect the mouth – cavities (dental caries) and gum disease. Gum disease ranks second only to the common cold in terms of prevalence, with an estimated 90% of South…