A review of more than six million hospitalizations shows no linkage between reduced 30-day readmissions and increased post-discharge mortality, according to a new study in JAMA.
Three different three-drug regimens all provided dramatic results against cystic fibrosis, a fatal disease of the lungs and digestive system that afflicts 75,000 people worldwide. The results are a step forward both for the drugs’ maker, Vertex Pharmaceuticals of Boston, Mass., and a long-awaited victory in the quest to use genes to develop new drugs.
Physicians used a series of oxygen treatments, like hyperbaric oxygen therapy, to significantly reverse the 2-year-old's brain damage after she was in the water for 15 minutes.
It’s a well-known fact that turmeric is one of the most effective health-boosting substances available today. Its active ingredient, curcumin, is a natural compound with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, as well as heart disease-and-cancer-fighting properties (1, 2, 3).
Other studies have indicated that taking medicinal doses of turmeric may even protect your brain. This is because turmeric boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a growth hormone that prevents depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia (4, 5).
A large longitudinal cohort study out of Denmark, recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, corroborates previous evidence that antipsychotics increase the risk of developing diabetes in people diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a preventable disease in which persistent respiratory symptoms and airflow limitations worsen with time. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the world. The treatment of COPD includes various inhaled therapies as well as preventive measures, such as smoking cessation and immunizations. Patient education is crucial to the management of COPD. Medication therapy management (MTM) can play a role in helping patients learn how to manage COPD and decrease complications. Successful MTM interventions can improve patient care and provide a positive impact on the star measures of both pharmacies and healthcare plans.
Telehealth in the United States is entering a new phase of accelerating growth. Indicators of this next phase include: FDA approval of remote diagnostic tools; the rapid evolution of telehealth platforms focused on managing chronic conditions as well as achieving specific patient outcomes; the expansion of telehealth services offered by private and government operated healthcare systems (such as the Veterans Administration); and a new direct-to-consumer initiative by Samsung and American Well.
However, the telehealth industry is still young. In many ways, today’s telehealth industry is comparable to the Internet services industry, when the reigning speed of Internet access was 56.6 kbps. As far higher broadband speeds became the norm, entire industries were upended. Similarly, as the telehealth industry matures, healthcare delivery across our nation will experience disruptive shifts.
Watching for signs of illness in a loved one can be challenging. Some illnesses show up quite clearly, while others have a more subtle effect on daily living. Dehydration, depending on the severity, sometimes creates only small telltale signs while having a big effect on the body, especially in the elderly.
Dehydration occurs when a person loses more water than they take in. Adequate fluid allows the body to regulate temperature through sweating, maintain blood pressure and eliminate bodily waste. If severe enough, dehydration can lead to confusion, weakness, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, bedsores in bed-ridden patients or even death. Generally speaking, humans can't survive more than four days without water.
CAUSES OF SENIOR DEHYDRATION
Elderly dehydration is especially common for a number of reasons:
It's not uncommon for seniors to be on several medications at any given time. Some of these may be diuretic, while others may cause patients to sweat more.
- Decreased Thirst
A person's sense of thirst becomes less acute as they age. In addition, frail seniors may have a harder time getting up to get a drink when they're thirsty, or they may rely on caregivers who can't sense that they need fluids.
- Decreased Kidney Function
As we age our bodies lose kidney function and are less able to conserve fluid (this is progressive from around the age of 50, but becomes more acute and noticeable over the age of 70).
Vomiting and/or diarrhea can quickly cause elderly dehydration.