As we age, our bodies change and as a result we are more susceptible to illness and disease. A common disease among the elderly is diabetes. Studies have shown that common diabetes complications like chronic kidney disease, eye disorders that…
Osteoporosis, a disease that thins and weakens the bones to the point where they become fragile and break easily, affects 10 million Americans.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 48 million Americans – or 20 percent of the population – have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons at some time during their lifetime. This includes many elderly who are using medication for pain management.
Consider your mouth a reenactment of the Wild West, replete with heroes and villains. The streptococcus salivarius bacteria are the “good guys” with the job of keeping the “bad guys,” the streptococcus mutans, at bay. At stake is your oral health and the prevention of such common conditions as tooth decay, cavities, gingivitis and periodontitis (gum disease).
NJ Home Health News For the many people who don't feel refreshed after sleeping, exercise could be the solution. A recent study by the National Sleep Foundation found that exercisers report better sleep than non-exercisers even though they say they…
It wasn’t too long ago that heart disease was viewed as a man’s problem. In fact, up until about 10 years ago virtually all studies on heart disease excluded women.
That was a big mistake because heart disease is the biggest killer of women in the U.S. Even with increased awareness, 80 percent of midlife women (ages 40 – 60) still have one or more of the modifiable risk factors for heart disease – high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, and smoking.
In the last few years, there has been an explosion in scientific evidence showing support for nutritional changes that can help prevent memory loss, as well as improve memory in patients with already diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease.
According to Alzheimer’s expert Dr. Richard Isaacson, author of “The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step by Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment,” certain steps can be taken to improve memory function for those with Alzheimer’s or mild cognitive impairment.
Dialysis keeps alive an estimated 354,000 Americans who suffer from end stage renal disease. Dialysis becomes an ongoing and integral part of their lives, with a kidney transplant the only hope for breaking the routine (and staying alive).
Prostate cancer is the number one form of cancer among men in the U.S., with 240,000 new cases diagnosed every year (according to the American Cancer Society). An estimated 11 percent of all men who have the disease will die from it, and it will affect one in six men (compared to one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer) at some time in their life.
The high hospital readmission rate of those who suffer from heart failure impacts adversely on both the cost of health care and the health and well-being of the patients themselves.