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

Archive for July, 2006

HIV hides itself in the intestines to beat drugs

July 29th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

By Sam Lister, Health Correspondent

HIV can avoid the powerful drugs that sufferers take to destroy it by hiding in their guts, scientists have discovered.

The scientists found that the virus that causes Aids took hold in intestinal tissue of patients receiving antiretroviral therapy (ARV). There it continued to replicate and suppress the immune system even though blood samples showed that the drugs were working. Read the rest of this entry »

Chronic Pain On/Off Switch Found

July 29th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

July 27, 2006
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(WebMD) A molecular switch turns off chronic pain, Columbia University researchers report.

The switch is an enzyme called protein kinase G or PKG. When PKG gets stuck in the “on” position, nerve cells keep sending pain signals – long after the injury that originally caused the pain has healed. Turning PKG off stops the pain, rats studies show.
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Caring about caregivers

July 29th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Introduction

The Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 commenced on 1 April 2005. The Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills will shortly produce policy guidance, which sets out the Government’s views of the issues for local authorities in carrying out their functions under the Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000 and the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004.
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Thoughts of the day

July 29th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Saturday, July 29, 2006

Authentic best
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No matter what does or does not happen, your life has real and unique value. Even when you go through long stretches during which nothing goes your way, that value is always there.

The way to tap into that value is to stop focusing on what has happened and start focusing on what you can do. Even if the whole world seems to be against you, there is something of value that you have to contribute.
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Patients slam Herceptin decision

July 28th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Cancer lobbyists and patients are crying foul over a Pharmac decision to deny funding for the breast cancer drug Herceptin.

Pharmac claims there is insufficient clinical data to ensure Herceptin’s safety.

But critics say that is just an excuse and are convinced Pharmac has backed away because of the cost.

Pharmac has defended the decision.
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Study: Water Contaminant Can Cause Cancer

July 28th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

By JOHN HEILPRIN
The Associated Press
Thursday, July 27, 2006; 8:42 PM

WASHINGTON — Growing scientific evidence suggests the most widespread industrial contaminant in drinking water _ a solvent used in adhesives, paint and spot removers _ can cause cancer in people.

The National Academy of Sciences reported Thursday that a lot more is known about the cancer risks and other health hazards from exposure to trichloroethylene than there was five years ago when the Environmental Protection Agency took steps to regulate it more strictly. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Water Contaminant Can Cause Cancer

July 28th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

By JOHN HEILPRIN
The Associated Press
Thursday, July 27, 2006; 8:42 PM

WASHINGTON — Growing scientific evidence suggests the most widespread industrial contaminant in drinking water _ a solvent used in adhesives, paint and spot removers _ can cause cancer in people.

The National Academy of Sciences reported Thursday that a lot more is known about the cancer risks and other health hazards from exposure to trichloroethylene than there was five years ago when the Environmental Protection Agency took steps to regulate it more strictly. Read the rest of this entry »

Acute Urinary Incontinence

July 28th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Acute (or Transient) Incontinence is caused by a new or recent medical problem that can be treated. Medical conditions such as dehydration, delirium, urinary retention, fecal impaction/constipation, urinary tract infection and atrophic vaginitis can cause an onset of UI. If one of these problems is identified, treatment to correct the problem should be started. Once the medical problem causing the acute incontinence is resolved, the incontinence should improve. In addition to medical problems, certain medications can cause or contribute to an incontinence problem. An easy acronym used to remember these causes is the word DRIP. The breakdown of this word is as follows:
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Thoughts of the day

July 28th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Friday, July 28, 2006

Savor the richness
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Feel the terrain beneath your feet. Don’t just speed past it or fly over it without noticing. Hold the texture of life in your hands. Immerse yourself in the details. Read the rest of this entry »

Who is a Family Caregiver?

July 27th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

A “family caregiver” is anyone who provides any type of physical and/or emotional care for an ill or disabled loved one at home. Loved ones in need of care, could be suffering from a physical or mental illness, disability, substance misuse, or other conditions.

There are different types of family caregivers:

Parents
Adult children
Spouses
Family members
Neighbors
Friends

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Thoughts of the day

July 27th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Awaken your passion
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What desires have you left behind that you would like to have back? What dreams have you avoided that were meant to show you who you are?

It is never too late to recapture the passion that, after all, gives life to your life. Every moment holds the possibility of real meaning and fulfillment.

Remember what it felt like when you felt you could not live without your heart’s desire? Listen to what that feeling has to say to you now. Read the rest of this entry »

SUGGESTED MODEL FOR TRANSITIONAL CARE PLANNING

July 25th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Transitional Care Planning is a patientcentered,
interdisciplinary process
that begins with an initial assessment of the patient’s potential needs at the time
of admission and continues throughout the patient’s stay. Ongoing consultation
with the patient care team and reassessment of the patient’s changing medical
functional, social and cognitive capabilities assures that the comprehensive Read the rest of this entry »

WHAT CONSUMERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR ABILITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

July 25th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

For consumers with newly acquired disabilities, the consumer needs to understand his/her condition from both a medical perspective and what it will mean to live with a disability. Physicians should discuss with the consumer physical changes, probable care needs, possible complications and other things to watch for related to the disability. Peer support should be offered to each consumer. Peer support is available through the local Independent Living Center, as well as various disability specific support groups. Read the rest of this entry »

WHAT CONSUMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BEING DISCHARGED TO HOME CARE

July 25th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

You have the right and responsibility to be involved in your plan of care. To the greatest extent possible, consumers should be an active participant in developing that plan. Below are questions to help you and your family with your discharge and future health needs.

Do you have your insurance cards or other documents?
Do you and your family feel that your current medical and mental health status is stable enough to be discharged to home care?
Do you have family or other people at home to assist you at home?
If not, are you comfortable taking care of yourself as needed? Read the rest of this entry »

WHAT THE DISCHARGE PLANNER NEEDS TO KNOW IN ORDER TO EFFECT A SAFE AND EFFICIENT TRANSITION

July 25th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Baseline information about the individual* such as their: current medical, psychological and mental health status, family and community support systems, payor source, financial status, decision making capacity (proxies, Do Not Resuscitate, Power of Attorney, Guardianship, Committeeship), religious preference, legal issues, Adult Protective Services involvement, environmental limitations, etc.
Does the individual have a community medical provider? Read the rest of this entry »