January 2, 2011

Give Them What They Want

1 New Treatment for Alzheimer Patients

Approximately two-thirds of nursing home residents have some level of dementia but there is still no effective medical treatment for the disease. Patients can become easily agitated or combative, but one nursing home, Beatitudes, has adopted an unorthodox way of providing care; let the patients call the shots. Dementia patients are allowed practically anything that provides comfort for them. Want to get a bath at 2 AM or have unlimited access to chocolate? No problem. While the methods might seem odd, research indicated that creating positive emotional experiences for Alzheimer’s patients reduces distress and behavior problems. Tena Alonzo, director of research, says “Whatever your vice is, we’re your folks.”

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: New Alzheimer's Disease Poll Released

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Caregivers, Beatitudes, Nursing Home

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Sports Drinks Better Than Coffee

2 Hangover Myths Tackled

One of the biggest party days of the year, New Year's Eve, has come and gone, but some hangover myths still linger. According to the Today show, the old "Beer before liquor, never sicker. Liquor before beer, never fear" saying is indeed a myth. It's the total amount of alcohol you consume that matters, not the order. Another myth tackled by the Today show is that taking acetaminophen before bedtime can relieve a hangover in the morning. Mixing acetaminophen with alcohol can be very dangerous for your liver! It's safer to stick with ibuprofen for hangovers: two before bed and two in the morning. Another hangover myth is that it's good to drink coffee the next day. Coffee isn't what the hungover, dehydrated body needs. Instead, try water and sports drinks with electrolytes.

More at Today Show Health | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Hangover Myths, Hangover Cures, Fixing Hangovers, Avoid Coffee After Hangover, Sports Drinks Good After Hangover, Ibuprofen Better for Hangover, Avoid Tylenol with Alcohol, Beer Before Liquor, Liquor Before Beer

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Obama Signs from Hawaii

3 September 11 First Responders Bill Signed

While vacationing in Hawaii, President Obama signed a bill for 9/11 first responders who became ill while working, reports CBS News. The bill will provide health aid to survivors of the September 11 terrorist attacks, as well as workers who cleaned up the ruins of the World Trade Center. Congress passed the measure in their final days before adjourning in December. It will provide $4.2 billion in health benefits and compensation to survivors and certain workers affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The funding will be broken down with $1.5 billion going to health benefits for first responders, and $2.7 billion for compensation.

More at CBS News | Hat tip to ABC News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Terrorists May Try to Poison Food

Tags: President Obama, First Responders Bill, Survivors of the Terrorist Attacks, Health Aid to 9/11 Workers

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Cheat Death by Walking

4 Exercise Decreases Colon Cancer Death Risk

Walking for 30 minutes each day can lower your risk of dying from colon cancer, suggest researchers. New research findings reveal that consistent exercise is associated with a lower risk of dying from colon cancer. Researchers from Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis examined data from the American Cancer Society Prevention Study II (CPS II), which included more than 150,000 men and women. They discovered that people who had exercised consistently for at least 10 years had the lowest risk of death from colon cancer. "It's never too late to start exercising, but it's also never too early to start being active. That's the message we hope people will take away from this study," says first author Kathleen Y. Wolin, ScD.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Omega 3 Cuts Colon Cancer Risk

Tags: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Kathleen Y. Wolin, Washington University School of Medicine, Colon Cancer Risk, Risk of Death from Colon Cancer, Colon Cancer Mortality, Avoiding Colon Cancer, Preventing Colon Cancer, Exercise Benefits, American Cancer Society Prevention Study II

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No More Smoky Tapas

5 New Anti-Smoking Law in Spain

Spain's new anti-smoking law, enacted today, makes it illegal to light up in enclosed public spaces like tapas bars, airports and casinos, reports CBS News. The law will even apply to some outdoor spaces, such as open-air playgrounds and access points to hospitals and schools. Spain, the fourth-largest producer of tobacco in the European Union, is following up on a 2006 law that prohibited smoking in the workplace. Under the 2006 anti-smoking law, some smaller restaurant and bar owners were free to decide whether or not to prohibit smoking inside, and most allowed smoking. The new law will likely be unpopular in Spain, where many people think it's their right to smoke while eating in restaurants.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: People in California Smoking Less

Tags: Smoking Laws, No Smoking, New Anti-Smoking Laws in Spain, Tapas, Enclosed Public Spaces

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