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7 Tips for Making Life Easier after a Stroke

Stroke recovery is a difficult ongoing task that necessitates constant work because it involves the center of your being—your brain. Moving from being a stroke patient to being an individual person again takes time, patience, determination, faith, and support. Here are seven tips for making life easier after a stroke: Self-empowerment: Choose to work at home, on...

The Reluctant Caregiver: A Wife’s Story of Alzheimer's Disease

Below is Janaan's story of her life as a caregiver to her husband Carl: I was never interested in Alzheimer’s disease. I knew it was out there messing up people’s lives, but no one I knew had been diagnosed with it. Now Carl has the disease, and it is forcing both of us, especially me, to do what we can to make a difference in what happens about the disease...

What To Know About Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. Roger Brumback, professor of Pathology, Psychiatry, and Neurology and an expert in Alzheimer's disease, answers questions about Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Q: Doesn’t everyone get senile as they get older? A: There is a great myth in that all older people normally lose their thinking and reasoning abilities and become “senile.” The cut off time seems to be 65 years of age—after that age, the brain just can’t work right...

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a medical problem characterized by the progressive loss of intellectual and cognitive abilities sufficient to result in impaired social and work functioning. Although the term dementia is usually applied to elderly people, dementia can also occur in younger adults. Dementia is not really a disease, but is a symptom of something going wrong in the brain. In other words, dementia is what you witness in the patient’s behavior, but what is happening in the brain is the disease causing...

Understanding Medical Insurance: HMO, PPO, Medicare, Medicaid

Preparing information about your medical condition is very important, but preparing information that the doctor’s office needs for billing your office visit to the insurance company is essential in order to guarantee that you will even be seen by the doctor! Let’s start with the typical information you will need in hand in order to complete patient registration forms at the doctor’s office. Your social security...

Cancer and the Environment

Chemicals in the environment—including those in the air we breathe, food we eat, water we drink, and products we use—have long been a subject of concern for both scientists and the general public. Scientists agree that exposures to certain chemicals and pollutants do contribute to cancer risk. According to the American Cancer Society, trace levels of pollutants in foods, drinking water, and the air are much less likely to affect your personal cancer risk than factors such as tobacco...

Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome through Creative Expression

One of the fundamental challenges from post-deployment syndrome (PDS) is loss of meaning or purpose. But creativity, either alone or with a group, is an immediate way to be of service to something outside your self. Creativity is work and it is play. It’s trudging along and it’s riding effortlessly. Creativity is natural. It’s so natural that every cell in your body is doing it all the time. At each moment some thing is being created. When you are consciously in service to a creation,...

Menstrual and Hormonal Aspects of Migraine

Migraine often begins—or increases dramatically—when a woman enters puberty and generally improves after menopause. This is due to the fact that the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone have an effect on migraine. Many women tend to get their most severe or only migraines around the time of their period. The most distinctive form of menstrual migraine occurs just after the onset of flow and appears to be due to the sudden drop in estrogen that occurs around the menses. The...

Post-Traumatic Headache

Post-traumatic headache, defined as headache following head trauma, is one of the most controversial types of headaches. Some experts believe that it has been fabricated by lawyers and greed. Others consider it a biological disorder resulting from permanent brain or nerve injury. No one can deny that it generates a huge amount of medical, legal, and insurance company activity. Post-traumatic headache is similar to other headache disorders in that it has both acute and chronic forms. No...

Is Your Doctor Skeptical about Your Headaches?

Headache treatment should be a two-way street, with the patient communicating a goal and desires about his headache management, the doctor contributing her knowledge and values, and the final plan incorporating both perspectives. Signals that you need to find another doctor include: Your physician looks confused or uninterested while you are describing your headache symptoms Your physician says you have to learn to “deal” with the headache Your...