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News, Opinions and Advice regarding the U.S. Home Health Care Industry

Archive for September, 2005

People ’simply die for lack of health care’

September 30th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Too many don’t have doctors, clinics, insurance
By Peter Smith
and Laura Ungar
psmith@courier-journal.com

At the Little Flower Free Clinic in Hazard, nurse Beverly May sees patients in imminent danger of heart attacks or risking blindness and amputation from uncontrolled diabetes.

And those are the fortunate ones.
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Experts warn of growing resistance to Tamiflu

September 30th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

By Tan Ee Lyn
Fri Sep 30, 7:47 AM ET

A strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus that may unleash the next global flu pandemic is showing resistance to Tamiflu, the antiviral drug that countries around the world are now stockpiling to fend off the looming threat.

Experts in Hong Kong said on Friday that the human H5N1 strain which surfaced in northern Vietnam this year had proved to be resistant to Tamiflu, a powerful antiviral drug. Read the rest of this entry »

Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

September 30th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Here are a few suggestions to help make winter more bearable … and safe!

Snow Shovelling Safety
Keep walkways around your home clear of snow and ice. You might choose to hire a student to do the shoveling for you. If you do this heavy work yourself, remember that you may get tired more quickly in the cold. Don’t push yourself. Instead, take more breaks than usual. Exhaustion makes you more susceptible to frostbite, injuries, and hypothermia. Read the rest of this entry »

Home Safety Tips

September 30th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Here are tips you may use to make your household environment more “user friendly” for yourself or your loved ones. These are merely suggestions and ideas to “safe proof” you and your home as well as to protect you from mishaps and accidents. Read the rest of this entry »

A Home Safety Checklist

September 30th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Introduction
Each year, many older Americans are injured in and around their homes, and treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with products they live with and use everyday.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) believes that many of these injuries result from hazards that are easy to overlook, but also easy to fix. By spotting these hazards and taking some simple steps to correct them, many injuries might be prevented. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Home Fire Safety Checklist

September 30th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Introduction
The United States has one of the highest fire death and injury rates in the world. Fire–in the form of flames and smoke–is the second leading cause of accidental death in the home.

More than 4,000 people die each year in home fires. Every year, there are more than 500,000 residential fires serious enough to be reported to fire departments. More than 90 percent of residential fire deaths and injuries result from fires in one and two family houses and apartments. Property losses exceed 4 billion dollars annually, and the long term emotional damage to victims and their loved ones is incalculable. Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts of the day

September 30th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Friday, September 30, 2005

Value the minutes
+++++++++++++++++++

Value the minutes, for they are where life happens. When you put the best of yourself into each and every minute, those minutes will quickly build on each other into something great. Read the rest of this entry »

Call for relaxation of stem cell restrictions

September 29th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

PM - Thursday, 29 September , 2005 18:25:56
Reporter: Daniel Hoare
MARK COLVIN: The Victorian Government is calling for a relaxation of national laws to allow for more research into stem cell cloning.

The Victorian Treasurer John Brumby says current laws, which only commit the use of spare IVF embryos for stem cell research, are stalling the development of important areas of research. Read the rest of this entry »

Pomegranate juice may fight prostate cancer

September 29th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Asian News International

Washington, September 27, 2005

A new study by University of Wisconsin Medical School researchers states that pomegranate juice may fight against prostate cancer, which is the most common invasive cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

Veggies in Diet May Cut Lung Cancer Risk

September 29th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

By Miranda Hitti

The health perks of eating your vegetables may include a lower risk of lung cancer, new research shows.

The finding, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, isn’t written in stone. More work is needed to check the results, write Matthew Schabath, PhD, and colleagues. Read the rest of this entry »

Safety Precautions for Drivers 50 and Older

September 29th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

By Philip LePore

When you drive well, you drive safely. Both you and your vehicle are able to respond to ever changing highway conditions. As simple as this sounds, safe driving really means that many critical human and mechanical elements work together. Let’s look at them and some tips to help you drive well. Read the rest of this entry »

Injuries and Violence

September 29th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

About Injuries and Violence

More than 400 Americans die each day from injuries due primarily to motor vehicle crashes, firearms, poisonings, suffocation, falls, fires, and drowning.

The risk of injury is so great that most persons sustain a significant injury at some time during their lives. Motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of serious injury. Read the rest of this entry »

Physical Activity Fundamental To Preventing Disease

September 29th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Regular physical activity, fitness, and exercise are critically important for the health and well being of people of all ages. Research has demonstrated that virtually all individuals can benefit from regular physical activity, whether they participate in vigorous exercise or some type of moderate health- enhancing physical activity. Even among frail and very old adults, mobility and functioning can be improved through physical activity. Therefore, physical fitness should be a priority for Americans of all ages. Read the rest of this entry »

Overweight Epidemic:

September 29th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

Poor Diet, Inactivity Close To Becoming Leading Preventable Cause of Death

W ith poor diet and physical inactivity poised to become the leading preventable cause of death in America, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson renewed efforts against obesity and overweight, announcing a new national education campaign and a new research strategy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read the rest of this entry »

New “Calories Count” Approach to Help Reduce Obesity

September 29th, 2005 by RespiteMatch.com

The U. S. Department of Health & Human Services recently released a new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report outlining another element in HHS’ comprehensive strategy for combating the epidemic of obesity that threatens the health of millions of Americans with a focus on the message, “calories count.” Read the rest of this entry »