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

Archive for January, 2006

Things That Can Go Wrong With the Heart and Circulatory System

January 31st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Problems with the cardiovascular system are common - more than 64 million Americans have some type of cardiac problem. But cardiovascular problems don’t just affect older people - many heart and circulatory system problems affect children and teens, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Heart and Circulatory System

January 31st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

With each heartbeat, blood is sent throughout our bodies, carrying oxygen and nutrients to all of our cells. Each day, 2,000 gallons (more than 7,570 liters) of blood travel many times through about 60,000 miles (96,560 kilometers) of blood vessels that branch and cross, linking the cells of our organs and body parts. From the hard-working heart to our thickest arteries to capillaries so thin that they can only be seen through a microscope, the heart and circulatory system (also called the cardiovascular system) is our body’s lifeline, delivering blood to the body’s tissues. Read the rest of this entry »

What Does the Endocrine System Do?

January 31st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Once a hormone is secreted, it travels from the endocrine gland through the bloodstream to the cells designed to receive its message. These cells are called target cells. Along the way to the target cells, special proteins bind to some of the hormones. The special proteins act as carriers that control the amount of hormone that is available to interact with and affect the target cells. Also, the target cells have receptors that latch onto only specific hormones, and each hormone has its own receptor, so that each hormone will Read the rest of this entry »

Endocrine System

January 31st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Although we rarely think about them, the glands of the endocrine system and the hormones they release influence almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies. The endocrine system is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, and metabolism, as well as sexual function and reproductive processes.\ Read the rest of this entry »

Digestive System

January 31st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

What’s the first step in digesting food? Believe it or not, the digestive process starts even before you put food in your mouth. It begins when you smell something irresistible or when you see a favorite food you know will taste good. Just by smelling that homemade apple pie or thinking about how delicious that ice cream sundae is going to taste, you begin to salivate - and the digestive process kicks in, preparing for that first scrumptious bite. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain and Nervous System

January 31st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

You’re in the middle of a meeting at work, but your mind keeps drifting to the parent-teacher conference you have tonight … and the car you have to pick up at the shop on the way home … and how you wish you hadn’t skipped lunch because the rumbling in your stomach is driving you nuts. You vaguely hear your boss ask you a question and for just a moment your heart races and you tap your pen nervously, trying to regain your focus. Then, suddenly, you’re back in the moment, answering confidently and hoping nobody noticed your brief “departure.” Read the rest of this entry »

Muscle Stem Cells Transformed Into Cartilage

January 31st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

MONDAY, Jan. 30 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they have turned adult muscle stem cells into cartilage, and used them in animals to heal the kind of damage caused by arthritis.

That is potentially good news for the many people who now face joint-replacement surgery because there is no available technique to repair cartilage damage from osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear condition that afflicts many older people. Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts of the day

January 31st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Brilliant string of moments
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Each thought you think builds your character. Every action you take creates your life.

The small moments and the big occasions all go into the person you are. The public expressions and the private secrets all weave together to form the fabric of your life. Read the rest of this entry »

Hope of liver cancer blood test

January 30th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Scientists hope new technology will help them develop a blood test to improve early diagnosis of liver cancer in high risk groups.
A team at the University of Birmingham used sophisticated protein measurement and computer analysis to detect changes characteristic of early liver cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

Nursing home residents could move into community under program

January 30th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

ALBANY, N.Y. Senior citizens living in nursing homes could soon start moving back into communities around New York state. Read the rest of this entry »

Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

January 30th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

MONDAY, Jan. 30 (HealthDay News) — Early findings in the laboratory suggest that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might prove an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

Japanese researchers say the statin drug fluvastatin induced apoptosis (programmed cell death) in synovial cells collected from people with rheumatoid arthritis. Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts of the day

January 30th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Monday, January 30, 2006

Maintaining determination
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With enough determination, no goal is out of reach.
Determination carries you past seemingly insurmountable obstacles and makes things real that were once considered impossible.

So how do you create and maintain sufficient determination to take you where you want to go? How do you keep the power of determination working for you? Read the rest of this entry »

Losing Independence

January 28th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

The decline into paralysis was one of the greatest challenges of my battles with ALS. Losing independence is a physical struggle as well a mental challenge. Before going on disability my job required extensive travel. I was fortunate to work with a knowledgeable occupational therapist that provided me with several assistive tools that prolonged independence. I used a dressing stick, a device to put on socks, a tool to button buttons and a long shoe horn. In the shower I used a washcloth bag that had a Velcro strap to hold it around my Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Many in new Medicare plans deprived of common drugs

January 28th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

By Julie Appleby and Richard Wolf, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Almost one-third of the 6.2 million Medicaid beneficiaries who were automatically switched to the new Medicare prescription drug program on Jan. 1 were put in plans that cover fewer drugs than commonly used under Medicaid, a new study shows. Read the rest of this entry »

FDA approves inhaled form of insulin

January 28th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Decision affecting millions offers biggest change in diabetes treatment in decades

Justin Gillis / The Washington Post
January 28, 2006

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved an inhaled form of insulin, the first new way to get that hormone into the body since it was discovered in 1921 — and a new treatment option for many of the 21 million Americans with diabetes. Read the rest of this entry »