Dr Bob The Drugless Doctor Presents “Get To Know” Men’s Health: Pain

May 26, 2011 by  
Filed under VIDEO

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

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CVD News Watch November 21

November 21, 2008 by  
Filed under HEART AND STROKE

CVD tribute to heart innovators

Dr Adrian Kantrowitz, inventor, transplant surgeon, dies

He was the first heart surgeon in the US to perform a heart transplant in a human being, the second in the world. Dr Adrian Kantrowitz passed away last week at age 90. The cause of death is complications from heart failure. Aside from being a successful surgeon, he was also an innovator who contributed to the development of heart implant devices.

CVD legislation watch

Decade of broken promises: the 1998 state tobacco settlement ten years later
November 18 marked the 10th anniversary of the Master Settlement Agreement between tobacco companies and the states. And anti-smoking advocacy groups including the American Heart Association (AHA) and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, expressed their disappointment over the progress that has been made regarding tobacco legislation during the last 10 years as reviewed in this report.

Ten years later, this report finds that most states have failed to keep their promise to spend a significant portion of the settlement funds on programs to protect kids from tobacco addiction and help smokers quit.”

CVD guidelines watch

New 2008 version of the ESC STEMI Guidelines!
European cardiac experts have recently issued a new version of the guidelines for the management of heart attacks. The guidelines were drafted by a Task Force of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Some excerpts:
A well-functioning regional system of care… and fast transport to the most appropriate facility is key to the success of the treatment.”
The full text entitled “Management of acute myocardial infarction in patients presenting with persistent ST-segment elevation” has been published in the European Heart Journal.

CVD genetics watch

The retail DNA test
The personalized genetic test by 23andme has been voted Best Invention of 2008 by Time magazine, topping 49 other cool gadgets and breakthroughs. What makes it even more extraordinary is that its costs only $399.00 and is non-invasive. The test is done on a saliva samples taken within the privacy of your own home. And what do you get in return? You get information on more than 90 traits, including those that make you susceptible to certain diseases, including cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer. You just have to wait for 4 to 6 weeks to get the results.

CVD statistics watch

Kids, teens chugging 20% of daily calories: StatsCan
Canadian statistics shows a disturbing trend – 20% of the daily calorie intake of children 4 years old and older comes from drinking sweetened beverages. And soda seems to be on top of the list. And what do sweet drinks give in return? Extra pounds and tooth decay.

CVD health care watch

Potent potential medical problem: ID Theft
This report on CBS news discusses how stolen IDs have penetrated health care as well. The report says

Medical ID theft involves someone pretending to be you, getting all kinds of medical treatments, from simple medications to life-saving operations, then leaving you responsible for bills totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

The current incidence estimate is 200,000 cases every year.

CVD lifestyle watch

Baby Salad Greens With Sweet Potato Croutons and Stilton
How about something healthy for the weekend? This recipe from the New York Times series “Recipes for Health” might just be the thing for your heart. Check it out!

CVD News Watch for the Weekend 11 July 2008

July 11, 2008 by  
Filed under HEART AND STROKE

Here is your compiled CVD news to enjoy over the weekend.

CVD lifestyle watch

Heart-Friendly Cities Revealed

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, through Sperling’s BestPlaces, conducted a study to determine how heart-friendly is your city.

And here are the results.

Top 3 most heart-friendly mega metros (= cities with population equal or greater than 1.5 million)

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  • San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland, CA

3 least heart-friendly mega metros

  • Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI
  • St. Louis, MO-IL
  • Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro, TN

Want to know whether your city is heart-friendly? Click here for a full list of heart-friendly cities in the US.

CVD patient watch

From CBC News: “Ontario woman gains East Coast accent following stroke

This woman was very lucky to survive a stroke but at the expense of her accent. Her Ontario accent was replaced by a much slower Canadian East Coast accent.

The rare syndrome affects people who have had a stroke, causing them to speak in a different accent than the one they had before the stroke. It usually occurs after a stroke damages the areas of the left hemisphere of the brain related to speech production, such as Broca’s area, pre-motor and motor areas and the basal ganglia.”

Small price to pay for surviving a stroke, I’d say.

CVD weight watch

From Reuters: “How weekend eating adds up

We are eating more on weekends, especially on Saturdays, leading to weight gain that adds up to almost 10 lbs a year! Careful, today is Friday.

CVD medical device watch

XIENCETM V Everolimus Eluting Coronary Stent now approved in the US

The US FDA approves Xience V, the eluting coronary stent system containing the drug everolimus. According to the FDA

“The XIENCE V stent is used in patients who have a significant narrowing in their coronary arteries caused by coronary artery disease – a condition that occurs when the arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the heart muscle become narrowed or blocked by a gradual build-up of ‘plaque’.”

For more information about this device, check out this video clip from Abbott.

CVD cholesterol watch

The New York Times “Cholesterol Drugs for Kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics broadens existing guidelines to include more cholesterol screening for children starting at age 2 and the use of cholesterol-lowering medications in children as young as 8 years old. More about the AAP guidelines next week.

CVD clinical trial watch

From heartwire: “FDA advisory committee recommends cardiovascular safety studies for diabetes drugs

After Avandia, the FDA is more wary about diabetic drugs. The regulatory body would require more clinical studies on new diabetes drugs to rule out cardiovascular risk before they can be approved for marketing.

Have a nice weekend.

Caregiver’s Corner–Get HELP

March 21, 2008 by  
Filed under ALZHEIMER'S

While college students plan their parties and high school students consider their weekend options; while your coworkers give thought to what movie they’ll see this weekend and family members consider how they might celebrate Easter, your plans remain the same. 

Whether you have dinner with family, attend a religious service or plan to stay home, one thing is constant.  You are a caregiver.

And there is at least one characteristic that is common among almost all caregivers, we are stressed and we need HELP.  You will rarely find a caregiver who says, “I’m all set, I have all the help and support I need.  My family readily chips in and I get a break whenever I need it.”

So, let me give you some practical suggestions as to how to get some much needed help:

ASK–I know that your brother should know that you take care of mom all week and that you need a break on the weekends.  But he didn’t renew his subscription to “Mind Reader Today,” so his skills have gotten a bit rusty.  Besides, you make it look easy and you seem to have everything under control.  So let him know that you need some help. 

BE SPECIFIC–“I could use some help you know” is not a request.  It’s a statement yelled in anger, frustration or desperation.  Or, it’s  breathed under your breath, either way, it still does not express what you really need. Try these specific requests and see how they work out:

  • John, would you sit with mother on Saturday morning from 9 to 1?
  • Mary, would you please prepare lunch for mom on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays?
  • Mike, would you be willing to give mom dinner on Tuesday evenings?
  • Linda, I know your schedule is tight. We are all stretched.  If I give you advance notice, would you handle taking mom to the doctor (or wherever)?

GET MOM OUT OF THE HOUSE–This one depends on what stage of Alzheimer’s you are dealing with.  Senior centers and Adult Day Care programs are excellent options.  They provide:

Opportunities for your loved one to socialize

Skill appropriate activities

Opportunity to get exercise 

A much needed break for YOU

In addition, many provide transportation to and from the center as well.

YOU GET OUT OF THE HOUSEConsider paid help.  I have only one older brother.  At the time I was caring for my mom, we did not live in the same state.  So, I was pretty much on my own 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It was a formula for disaster and depression.  Eventually, I hired someone to come in and help out.  On occasion, my husband or a church member would hold the fort down while I took a quick breather.

It was during my caregiving days that I buried superwoman along with her big red “S,” blue spandex and red cape flying in the wind.  I suggest you have a ceremony right now, let the superman/woman thing go. It’s a great cartoon, but doesn’t work in real life.

If you want to serve your loved one well and for the long haul, learn to ask for help and take care of YOU. 

Assignment–Get some HELP!

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