Research on Aging: Women’s Health from A to Z

June 16, 2011 by  
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We all want to know the secrets of how to maintain our health as we age, but where do we start? Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, MD, noted expert in women’s health, walks us through the basics from AZ, providing the viewer with easy to understand tips that can be incorporated into daily life. This video was created by UCSD-TV. Watch more of their videos at

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Self-care Tips and Info for New Moms from Texas Health Resources

May 11, 2011 by  
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Helpful information and tips for women who have just delivered their first baby. There’s a new life in your life, with all the joys and challenges that brings. Texas Health Resources wants to help you approach them with as much confidence and comfort as possible. On behalf of the physicians on the medical staff and the nurses from the postpartum unit, nursery and lactation department, congratulations and welcome to a new and exciting world for you, your baby, and your family. The information presented here is general in nature. If your OB/GYN or Pediatrician has given you other instructions, please follow the advice of your physician. The information in this video covers: -Postpartum Period -Changes to Birth Canal -Menstrual Cycle -Bowel Movements -Hemorrhoids -Episiotomy Care -Cesarean Birth Care -Activities -Swelling -Feeding Baby -Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression -The New Dad -When to Call your OB From the moment your first baby is born, life changes forever. During the postpartum period, don’t be shy about seeking help if you have a question or problem. While no amount of study and practice can guarantee you’re ready for parenthood, the more knowledge you have, the more likely you will enter this new chapter in our life with a confident and positive outlook. 1-877-THR-WELL

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Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine Physician Gives Tips on Heart Health

March 15, 2011 by  
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Dr. Mimi Guarneri, medical director of Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, gave tips on women and heart health. Dr. Guarneri discusses the risk factors for heart disease in women and how to minimize them through a healthy lifestyle and stress management. The clip was originally aired on KSWB in San Diego.

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Health Tips 1: Women’s Health

December 18, 2010 by  
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Come join in as Khun Rapheephan, a gynecologist from Bangkok Hospital Samui and Khun Nok discusses women’s health…

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Hospitals + hospitalists = better heart attack care

August 25, 2009 by  

heart-gift2Hospitals with hospitalists seem to deliver better quality care than those without, especially in cases of myocardial infarction. This is based on a study by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers reported in the recent issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. But wait a minute… what are hospitalists?

The term “hospitalist” is rather new, so new that one cannot find it in the Medline medical encyclopedia. According to the Society of Hospital Medicine,

hospitalists are physicians whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Their activities include patient care, teaching, research, and leadership related to hospital care.The majority of hospitalists (85%) are specialized in general internal medicine and some underwent extra training pulmonary/critical care.

The study looked at 3619 hospitals and medical centers in the US. It compared two groups of hospitals, one group which employed hospitalists (N=1461, 40%) and another group which did not (60%).

The two groups of hospitals were assessed based on health care provided in patients who suffered from heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia, which are the three most common clinical diagnoses in inpatients in the US. The researchers looked at the performance of the hospitals in treatment and diagnosis, and counseling and prevention of these 3 conditions for a one-year follow up period.

The results indicate that hospitals with hospitalists scored better in evaluations that reflect adherence to Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) care measures for acute heart attack and pneumonia. Other differences also noted. In general, hospitals employing hospitalists

  • are more likely to be private, nonprofit teaching centers with at least 200 beds.
  • are more likely to have intensive care units.
  • have fewer Medicare patients and more Medicaid patients
  • had higher nurse-staffing ratios and more nurses per patient-hour

The hospitals with hospitalists scored much better in the care and treatment of patients of with heart attack and pneumonia but not those with heart failure.

Those who had the lowest scores were hospitals which were public and with fewer that 50 beds.

The results indicate that hospitalists and nurses do play an important role in delivering quality care to patients. However, the researchers warn from jumping into conclusions. According to co-author Dr Leroi S Hicks

“We’re not saying it was the hospitalists themselves who improved the quality of care in these conditions. We adhered very closely to saying that if having a hospitalist were itself a metric, there’s something about these hospitals that is associated with better care.”

Other factors, including bedside manners, as well as the difference between outcomes in heart attack and heart failure, need to be looked into.

Future Planning for a Loved One With Alzheimer’s Disease

October 22, 2007 by  
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By J. Trevey

If you have a loved one who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you may initially be filled with questions about what the diagnosis means for your family. If you have spoken with the doctor and performed your own research about Alzheimer’s disease, you have likely realized that the diagnosis will undoubtedly bring about some changes in the lifestyle of your loved one. Your loved one will need more care and support as time goes on, not to mention the financial implications of medical visits and eventual fulltime care. Though you may be faced with a barrage of emotions at first, it is important to remember that you are in the company of millions of other people in the same situation, as made evident by the plethora of organizations, support groups and associations that exist to help people like you understand and respond to the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Besides educating yourself about Alzheimer’s disease, it may also be beneficial to begin planning for the future now, while your loved one is the most independent and able to provide input about decisions affecting his or her future. Creating a plan for your loved one’s medical and other care expenses and establishing how decisions will be made on his or her behalf in the future can help ensure that your loved one has access to proper care and prevent you from encountering a gray area that leaves your hands tied in the future.

Arranging for healthcare is an important stage of planning for your loved one’s future. Establishing a situation in which long term medical care is available and affordable can benefit anyone, but is especially important for people with a long term illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. If your loved one currently has a long term care insurance policy, carefully read over the policy as it relates to progressive or long term illnesses. Clarify with the provider any portion of the policy about which you or your loved one have questions. If your loved one is uninsured, you may consider the possibility of obtaining the best policy that is affordable, paying particular attention to the coverage of medical care for long term illness outlined by the policy.

If your loved one is over the age of 65, he or she should qualify for Medicare, a federal health insurance program that covers some hospital, medical and prescription expenses. You may want to investigate your loved one’s eligibility for Social Security and Medicaid benefits as well to ensure that he or she receives the maximum assistance for which he or she qualifies.

The progressive nature of Alzheimer’s disease results in a decreasing decision-making ability over time. For this reason, it is important to discuss financial planning with your loved one as early as possible, and establish how and by whom he or she would like financial decisions to be handled. The procedure through which future financial, medical and other decisions will be made on behalf of the patient can be officially established by a document called a power of attorney. A power of attorney, often a component of a person’s estate plan, gives an appointed person or organization the authority to make decisions on behalf of your loved one when he or she is no longer able to do so. Talk to a trusted lawyer about the type of power of attorney that is appropriate for your individual situation.

Planning for the future is an important step in caring for your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Taking the initiative now to plan for future financial, medical and decision making needs will provide numerous benefits to yourself and your loved one moving forward.

About the Author: John Trevey is the manager of The Breckinridge, a Kentucky assisted living home specializing in Alzheimer’s care. For more information, please visit

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