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How to Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

Salmonella Outbreak in Raw Turkey Meat It’s that happy Thanksgiving time of year again and here are some safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who report that since November 5, 2018, a multi-state salmonella outbreak in raw turkey has occurred in 35 states and is currently under investigation. So far…

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccines to Protect Seniors from Harmful Diseases August is National Immunization Awareness Month and this is a good time to remind seniors that not all vaccines are for children. In fact, every year many seniors suffer needlessly with diseases like shingles, flu, pneumonia or hepatitis that could have been avoided had they received vaccinations. Shingles…

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Antidepressants Associated with Increased Death in People Suffering from COPD

For people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) taking a Serotonergic (SSRI/SNRI) antidepressant may increase the risk for death by 20% and hospitalization by 15%. A study carried out by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario in Canada was published June 26, 2018, in the European Respiratory Journal. The lead author, Dr. Nicholas…

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Amazing Sound of Music Brought a Stroke Survivor out of his Coma

This is an amazing story about a stroke survivor, who is an associate professor of music at SUNY Buffalo State University , a conductor of the school’s Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as the Amherst Chamber Ensemble and Buffalo’s Chopin Singing Society. He also plays the violin and bass. Music Brought him Back to Reality out…

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Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

The Heart Muscles cannot Properly Pump Blood Most people think that congestive heart failure (CHF) means the heart is no longer working, but the truth is the heart still works but in a limited way. The heart is mainly muscle and when the muscles of the heart can no longer pump blood the way they…

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Spasticity Management and Stroke Rehabilitation

Spasticity Awareness Week June 17 – 24, 2018 Spasticity Alliance The National Stroke Association calls on everyone to raise awareness about spasticity, a post stroke disabling condition that affects 12 million people all over the world. In light of this the National Stroke Association has joined together with several organizations to form the Spasticity Alliance,…

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Smoking Main Cause Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a very serious disorder that damages the lungs and affects the ability to breathe. The cause is usually from cigarette smoke, but can also be from breathing in all kinds of fine particles of polluted air in a factory. In some countries where people use open…

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Post Stroke Insomnia and Obstructive Sleep Apnea can Interfere with Rehab

Insomnia can be a Long-term Effect from Stroke A new study published May 30, 2018, in Scientific Reports, has discovered that insomnia (inability to fall asleep or remain asleep) may be a long-term effect after having experienced a stroke, especially in patients with right hemispheric stroke. This insomnia can interfere with a patient’s rehabilitation therapy…

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Speech and Language Therapy in Stroke Rehabilitation

Many People have Speech and Swallowing Problems Following a Stroke A stroke is a devastating event, as it can cause paralysis which is often on one side of the body and all kinds of other problems depending on where the brain was damaged. About a third of the people who have strokes will have difficulty…

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