Statins Again

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We talked about statins a few years ago, however, there is new evidence that suggests the use of statins might not be the best treatment for everyone with elevated cholesterol levels. It goes without saying that anyone with a history of cardiovascular disease and elevated LDL levels would likely benefit from statins, however, a recent study looked at whether patients …

You Are What You Eat

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Vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian (vegetarian diet that includes “aquatic” animals) – there are lots of diet choices for those who choose to limit or not consume red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy, etc. right? Many researchers are studying the outcomes of restrictive diets like these, and the findings are interesting. As always, there are limitations to most studies however, this study …

Retirement

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Remember when grandpa retired from the job that he held for 25 years? It was a huge deal, he got the “watch,” and he was “old” in our eyes! Yet, in hindsight, grandpa was likely 55 years old, not old but in the eyes of a child, 55 years old is ancient! Those were the good old days, when you …

Healthy Sleep

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If you have never worked a night shift in a senior care community, you may be surprised to know that many residents do not sleep. Yep, they may have their eyes closed, laying in bed, however, if you simply walk past their doorway, their eyes pop open. Back in the old days, hypnotics were used, administered early in the evening, …

Depression and Stroke

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Most of us have had the experience of caring for someone who has suffered a “stroke” or “CVA.” The outcomes can be catastrophic, leaving the patient with debilitating symptoms such as paralysis, loss of speech, inability to walk, etc. which can lead to depression. However, in a recent study published in Neurology, researchers found that depressive symptoms increased slightly BEFORE …

Alcohol – Got Your Attention?

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It seems like every time I turn on the local news station they give me bad news, so, being the person I am, I avoid the news! However, I do read every day and sometimes even believe what I read! So, imagine my disappointment when I read a recent article on the detrimental impact alcohol has on the brain! Sure, …

The Verdict and Why

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The verdict, $3.9 million dollars. The claimant? A former employee. Why, do you ask? Well, here’s the scenario. CNA providing care to a resident in the resident’s room. The room next door is being “terminally cleaned” including stripping the floor to be recoated. The cleaning solution seeps under the wall into the room where this aide is providing care. The …

The Amazing B6!

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I am not a big vitamin person; I was raised to eat a balanced diet and get as many nutrients from natural food sources as you can. Sure, if you have a clinical condition requiring you to take vitamins, by all means, take them! That said, a recent article published in myfooddata.com was very interesting. The article talked about the …

Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia

Metformin and Dementia

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In a study published on medRxiv (not yet peer reviewed), researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes, over aged 50, and new users of Metformin, had about a 20% lower rate of dementia than patients taking Sulfonylureas (Glipizide, Glucotrol, etc.). The new users of Metformin also had about a 20% lower rate of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and vascular dementia. …

Food for Thought

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Soft drinks, salty and sugary snacks, ice cream, sausage, deep-fried chicken, yogurt, canned baked beans, tomatoes, ketchup, mayonnaise, packaged guacamole, packaged hummus, packaged breads, and flavored cereals. Do I have your attention? How about potato chips, chocolate candy, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and french fries? See I knew I could get your attention! If these are “staples” in your diet …