Health Updates 4 August 2011

  • Florida heading for a significant increase in Alzheimer’s patients: “Today, an estimated 500,000 Floridians have Alzheimer’s disease, but that number is expected to grow 40 percent by 2025, according to a recent report from the Alzheimer’s Association, a national nonprofit agency dedicated to research on the disease.  That would give Florida more Alzheimer’s patients than all but one other state – California.  And it will make Florida ground zero for the coming Alzheimer’s wave.” (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Three exercises for bone health: “Good nutrition (such as adequate calcium intake) is vital to bone health – but so is exercise.  Daily exercise can help prevent and even reverse bone loss, as well as promote stability and balance.”  Try to work these forms of exercise into your daily routine: 1). weight-bearing exercise – walking, climbing stairs, dancing – and try for 30-60 minutes per day; 2). strength-training – lunges, free weights or weight machines (a professional trainer can help you organize a program right for you); and 3). flexibility exercises – tai chi and yoga can really improve your balance, coordination and general flexibility.  (
  • No PTSD benefits with antipsychotic: “Military-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) showed no response to risperidone (Resperdal) for antidepressant-resistant symptoms, data from a multicenter Veterans Affairs study showed.  Risperidone-treated patients had about a four-point greater improvement on a PTSD scale than did those who received a placebo, but the difference did not achieve statistical significance….Nor did the groups differ significantly with respect to anxiety, depression or health-related quality of life.”  Most of the patients had long-standing military-related PTSD dating back to the Vietnam War or earlier, and their symptoms were judged to be principally related to direct combat participation.  There are also significant risks associated with the drug itself, including weight gain and motor difficulties.  (Charles Bankhead, MedPage Today)
  • Wrist-worn device may detect cardiac arrest:“…a watch-sized device worn on the wrist successfully detected loss of pulse in an early-stage trial, a key step in developing a practical, noninvasive way to monitor patients at risk for sudden cardiac death.” The device, called the  Wriskwatch,  transmits a Bluetooth radio signal with a loss of pulse occurs, alerting an emergency medical system and any appointed bystanders (nursing home personnel, family or community member and so forth).  (John Gever, MedPage Today)

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