August 20, 2012

Afflictions Vary with Age

1 Type 2 Patients Beset by Pain, Other Ills

A joint study of 13,000 adults by Kaiser Permanente and the University of California at San Francisco has determined that nearly one-half of those persons with Type 2 diabetes experience acute and chronic pain, while one-fourth report depression, sleep disturbances, neurological disorders, fatigue, and either physical or mental disability. Other notable reported symptoms or side-effects include nausea, constipation and shortness of breath. Those aged 60 or older were found to experience more physical problems, especially pain, while younger Type 2 sufferers more often report psychological ailments, such as depression. The report, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, recommended that a greater emphasis be placed on pain relief and prevention for Type 2 patients.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Journal of General Internal Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, Type 2 Diabetes, UCSF, Diabetes Research, Diabetes and Pain, Type 2 Symptoms, Type 2 Ailments

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The Dots Connect Themselves

2 U.S. Males Smoke & Drink More, Die Younger

The fact that women in America outlive men by nearly five years, surviving to an average age of 81.1 versus males' average of 76.2, may not be just a matter of gender-specific biological differences, but of lifestyle choices. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 percent of U.S. adult males are current smokers, as opposed to 18 percent of females, 59 percent of men report drinking alcohol regularly, compared to 43 percent of women, and 27 percent of men have not been seen by a doctor or other health professional in the past year, almost double the 14 percent rate among women. These are, of course, raw numbers, and the CDC does not mean to suggest there are causal connections between them and longevity differences.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Life Expectancy, Male and Female Life Spans, Smoking and Longevity, Drinking and Longevity

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Who Takes Care of Me?

3 AARP Highlights Caregivers’ Plight

Forty-two million Americans care for older or impaired adult relatives or friends, according to 2009 statistics. “[I]t can become more than a full-time job,” says Debra Whitman, whose employer, AARP, has begun running a multimedia ad campaign to raise awareness of the impact of family caregiving. The ads direct caregivers to the AARP website, which offers online support groups, legal advice, locators for care providers, and web chats. Non-web savvy caregivers can call 877-333-5885 to request a “Prepare to Care” brochure that offers checklists for families new to caregiving. AARP estimates that family members provide $450 billion worth of unpaid care annually and, recognizing the toll taken on the caregivers’ health and finances, urges them not to neglect their own needs.

More at USAToday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Numbers of Alzheimer's Caregivers Increase

Tags: AARP, Caregivers, Caregiving, Eldercare, Caring for Elderly, Debra Whitman, American Association of Poison Control Centers

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Followed by Childhood Obesity

4 Top Health Concern: No Exercise for Kids

Lack of exercise was rated as the top health concern for children in 2012 by adults across the U.S. For the first time, the annual C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health found that most adults rated lack of exercise as their biggest health concern for kids. "The strong perception that lack of exercise is a threat to children's health may reflect effective recent public health messages from programs such as First Lady Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move' campaign," says Matthew M. Davis M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the poll. The poll also found that childhood obesity was the second biggest health concern for children, followed by smoking and tobacco use. Other top concerns include drug abuse, bullying, stress, alcohol abuse and teen pregnancy.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Childhood Bullying, Childhood Obesity, Health Concerns Kids, Lack Exercise Children, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health

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Meds Lower Overall Inflammation

5 Psoriasis Treatment Reduces Heart Attack Risk

Results from a recently published study show that treating psoriasis with a class of drugs known as tumor necrosis factor inhibitors appears to lower the risk of a heart attack. Previous studies have shown that individuals with the skin condition had a higher heart attack risk but this one shows a more direct link. Patients were either given a TNF inhibitor, other drugs such as cyclosporine and methotrexate, light therapy or topical ointments. Only 0.3 percent of the group taking TNF inhibitors had a heart attack compared to 0.4 percent and 0.7 percent not taking powerful drugs. Future studies will have to look at the severity of psoriasis and risk and if heart medications are being taken concurrently but doctors believe that these results suggest psoriasis is not something to ignore.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Severe PsoriasIs Is RIsk Factor for Heart DIsease

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