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Bone Marrow Cells Help Fight Respiratory Viruses

Posted on 12. Jun, 2010 by .

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Virus-resistant leukocytes migrate to the lungs and protect it.

People with influenza, Sendai virus, or even HIV could turn to their bone marrows for temporary treatment. Research by Mount Sinai School of Medicine suggests that bone marrow cells play a…

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Research Suggests Dementia Affects Perception of Flavor Sensation

Posted on 10. Jun, 2010 by .

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Patients lose understanding of certain tastes and food combinations.

Ever cared for long-term care patients with dementia who develop abnormal food preferences and a taste for eccentric food combinations? That behavior is most likely due to their loss of meaning…

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FDA: Proton Pump Inhibitors Could Increase Fracture Risk

Posted on 04. Jun, 2010 by .

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PPIs linked to wrist, hip, spine fractures.

Putting residents on proton pump inhibitors long-term or at high doses may be fraught with fracture risk.

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) has ordered a revision to the prescription and over-the-counter…

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International Panel Sets New Malnutrition Standards

Posted on 04. Jun, 2010 by .

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The initiative is expected to end confusion and misdiagnosis.

Experts have agreed on three uniform definitions of malnutrition that will help scientists, health care professionals, and clinicians deal with its treatment better.

Members of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition…

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Poll Finds Californians Fear Long-Term Care Costs

Posted on 26. May, 2010 by .

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Californians may not be the only ones with long-term care on their minds.

With the passing of the new health care law comes a new study that says two-thirds of registered California voters are anxious about the costs of long…

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Poor Sleep Troubles Older People in ALFs

Posted on 21. May, 2010 by .

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Study suggests abnormal sleep predicts worsening quality of life.

Older people living in Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) suffer from sleeping problems, a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

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Study Connects Elderly People’s Falls with Blood Pressure and Flow

Posted on 21. May, 2010 by .

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Seniors with blocked arteries fall an average of 1.5 times a year.

There could be a significant link between high blood pressure, slow blood flow in the brain, and incidence of falls in elderly people, according to a study published…

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LTC Planning Starts With Knowing the Bottom Line, Options

Posted on 14. May, 2010 by .

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Preparing for future long-term care is a conversation everyone should have.

Thinking through long-term care costs and coverage should be part and parcel of all retirement planning.  In fact, one financial counselor notes that you either talk long term care…

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Spouses of People With Dementia Could Be at Higher Risk for the Condition

Posted on 13. May, 2010 by .

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Spousal caregiver burden may include a heightened risk for  developing dementia.

Previous studies have linked spousal caregiver stress to an increased incidence of depression and physical ailments. But a new study has come up with a disturbing finding: People are…

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Sleep Troubles Pester Shift Workers

Posted on 06. May, 2010 by .

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Talking to your night shift folks may unveil whether sleep deprivation is taking a toll.

People in their 30s and 40s who work night shifts have trouble sleeping, according to a report in the April Journal

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