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Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are both known for taking a terrible toll on loved ones, families and caregivers. Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, they are not the same medical condition.
Typically associated with cognitive decline due to aging, dementia is a “catch-all” term used to describe a diverse set of symptoms that include impaired thinking and memory. Alzheimer’s is actually a common cause of dementia, but it is not the only one. Others include Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Continue reading
While many people are aware of the basic concept of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the importance of finding, purchasing, and consuming non-GMO products is greatly increasing. Over 80% of the food consumed in North America contains genetically modified organisms (1), which means that unless we’re seeking out non-GMO products on a regular basis, we are likely consuming laboratory-modified foods quite consistently. So what is the best way to ensure that you are purchasing and eating non-GMO products? Continue reading
Our senior population wants to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. They do not want to be a burden to anyone. Any falls or loss of balance can lead to great anxiety in our loved ones. Fortunately, most falls can be prevented with a change in environment or routine. The following tips can help give your loved ones and yourself more peace of mind. Continue reading
Hemophilia is a very rare disorder, where a lack proteins called ‘clotting factors’, prevents excessive bleeding in those afflicted. Even minor cuts and bruises have the potential for heavy blood loss. This genetic disorder is passed down through a family's genes and occurs almost exclusively in men.
The most disconcerting problem for people with hemophilia is internal bleeding, especially bleeding into joints like the knees, elbows, and ankles. When bleeding happens inside the joint, it becomes very swollen and painful. Repeated bleeding into a joint can lead to severe arthritis. Internal bleeding in vital areas such as the brain, throat, and abdomen can be life-threatening.
A person with mild hemophilia may only experience problems with bleeding during surgery, major dental work, or injury. A person with moderate hemophilia will have those problems plus bleeding problems with more minor injuries such as a hard bump to the knee. A person with severe hemophilia can have what are called spontaneous bleeds, where bleeding starts inside the body for no known reason. Continue reading
Seizures are disorganized, electrical discharges of the brain and can have multiple causes. Anyone who has watched another person suffer through a seizure can explain the flurry of emotions that flood onlookers. Despite most people knowing what a seizure looks like, few know how to respond. Whether a friend, coworker, family member, or stranger—knowing a little seizure first aid may greatly help someone having a seizure, and may even save a life. A seizure can be a scary experience for everyone, however, knowing what to do can help the seizure victim avoid injuring themselves. Continue reading