Study Shows Age Is No Barrier to Weight LossRead the rest of this entry »
Here’s good news for those seniors who overdid it at the Thanksgiving table: It’s as easy for those over 60 to lose weight by making lifestyle changes as it is for those younger.
It still takes discipline and effort, but the study from the United Kingdom shows that with dietary changes, physical activity and appropriate support obese seniors can lose as much weight as younger people following the same regimen. …
Better COVID Treatments Are Saving LivesRead the rest of this entry »
We interrupt all the bad news about COVID with this from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation: surviving the virus has improved dramatically since the early days of the pandemic.
The likelihood of someone dying from COVID-19 has declined by a third.
In an interview with Reuters news agency, IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray said 0.6% of those infected with the virus die, compared to 0.9% last spring. …
Hiring In Health Home Care Is As Tough As EverRead the rest of this entry »
Far from becoming an employer market, hiring home health care workers is as hard as ever, industry executives say.
In September, Home Health Care News said industry jobs posted on Indeed were trending down, suggesting “home health and home care agencies simply aren’t looking to fill as many positions.” With the national unemployment rate at 8.4% in August and fewer jobs to fill, agencies would have an easier time …
Recognizing the Work of Radiologic TechnologistsRead the rest of this entry »
125 years ago this week, William Roentgen made one of the most momentous discoveries in both physics and medicine.
On November 8, 1895, Roentgen discovered x-rays and took the world’s first x-ray pictures, one of which was of his wife’s hand showing the bones and her wedding ring.
This week, National Radiologic Technology Week, we celebrate that discovery and the work of today’s radiology technologists.
R.Ts., sometimes called rad techs, …
In Recognition of Perioperative NursesRead the rest of this entry »
You may never have heard of a perioperative nurse, but if you’ve had surgery, that’s who cared for you before, during and after the procedure.
These healthcare professionals are warriors and advocates for patients and their families, declares the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, reason enough to join with them this week in celebrating Perioperative Nurses Week.
In medical dramas, the nurses you see in the operating rooms selecting and …
In Honor of Home Care and Hospice WorkersRead the rest of this entry »
Every day, all across the country millions of home care aides, therapists, nurses and social workers make life better for people with chronic illnesses, the disabled and healthy, but frail elderly by assisting them with daily living activities.
Home health aides care for patients who are still living at home, helping to lift the burden from family caregivers. Nurses and therapists make regular visits to their housebound patients to check …
Wearables That Print On Your BodyRead the rest of this entry »
Biomedical sensors long ago moved out of the hospital and into an assortment of recreational exercise devices monitoring heart rate, blood pressure, respiration and other vital signs.
Whether medical or recreational activity trackers, these sensors require some sort of carrier -- think wristbands or EKG electrode patches -- which limits their effectiveness and can make them uncomfortable when worn for extended periods. They can also be hard to place and …
Thank You Respiratory Therapists for the Vital Work You DoRead the rest of this entry »
Since first being proclaimed in 1982, National Respiratory Care Week has been celebrated in hospitals and clinics by respiratory therapists, their healthcare colleagues and patients.
This year is different. COVID-19 has made us all acutely aware of the important work respiratory therapists do. In the early months of the outbreak, therapists traveled to the places that were the hardest hit to help overworked staff. They managed patients on ventilators and …
Chronic Pain Patients Find Telehealth Cost EffectiveRead the rest of this entry »
Telehealth continues to demonstrate its popularity, this time among people suffering with chronic pain.
At their annual meeting this month, itself held online, anesthesiologists heard that patients who met with their pain specialist remotely were overwhelmingly satisfied with the experience.
Conducted by the UCLA Comprehensive Pain Center in Los Angeles, the survey period began in August 2019, long before the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients at the pain center were given the …
Dog Study Could Lead to Help For Humans with Sports InjuriesRead the rest of this entry »
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a common condition in humans and in their canine companions. An estimated 20% of dogs older than a year and 12% of people between 25 and 74 will develop the condition.
The causes and mechanisms are not well understood, however age and weight are considered major risk factors.
Injuries also lead to developing the disease. In fact one of the most common of all sports …