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Cutting-Edge Research Leads to More Targeted and Effective Home Health Care

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.23.2017 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

While there is still much to learn, the active research now underway in the home health care field means that we will only get better at delivering targeted, cost-effective home care in the future.

Education Is the Key for a Population to Realize Its Best Health

American Heart Association | Posted 03.08.2017 | Latino Voices
American Heart Association

The future health and health care of Latinos and other Americans will be in good hands. Listening to comments and questions from young Latinos attending a recent panel discussion on "The State of Hispanic Health in America," I was encouraged and inspired.

Let's Encourage Congress to Improve Stroke Care FAST

Nancy Brown | Posted 02.15.2017 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

While we use that acronym to help identify the warning signs of stroke (if you see Face drooping, Arm weakness or Speech difficulty, it's Time to call 911), in this case the acronym stands for Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine.

White Swan, Black Swan: Poetry in an Analytical Hour

Poetry Foundation | Posted 02.10.2017 | Home
Poetry Foundation

From Poetry Magazine by Molly Peacock Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry's current issue. Molly Peacock's poem "The Nurs...

Facing a Life Threatening Situation or Two? Be a Survivor

Lisa Deck | Posted 02.10.2017 | Impact
Lisa Deck

But the numbness lasted for four days and wouldn't subside. I knew I had to listen to the advice I had given: Take action when experiencing symptoms. I was shocked when the doctors diagnosed my fourth stroke.

My Love/Hate Relationship With My Stroke

Harshada Rajani | Posted 01.26.2017 | Good News
Harshada Rajani

My stroke robbed me of my arms, my legs and my voice. It stole from me my pride, my dignity, and that one ever evasive thing I once had loads of -- my happiness. But it left me my brain, my mind, my heart, my soul, whatever you want to call it, all in one piece.

Daughters and Dads: Love and Loss

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 01.20.2017 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

I hated feeling powerless. As if there was nothing I could do to positively affect anything in the universe, let alone my dad's pain and suffering. Yet that's exactly how I felt as I stood beside my ailing father's bedside after his stroke.

That Annoying Leg Pain Could Be a Blessing in Disguise

Nancy Brown | Posted 01.08.2017 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

What if I told you a test could determine whether you're at an elevated risk for heart attack and stroke, and all it would take is removing your shoes and socks for about five minutes.

Home Health Aides: Unsung Health Care Heroes

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Home health aides, an often overlooked part of the health system, can make the difference between comfort and dignity vs. suffering and neglect. Aides are lifelines for elders in need and family caregivers who often have extensive caregiving duties on top of their work and other responsibilities.

Turns Out Christmas and New Years Might Increase Your Chance of Dying

Abhinav Sharma | Posted 12.27.2016 | Science
Abhinav Sharma

Large population-based studies have demonstrated that Christmas and New Years are associated with some of the highest number of deaths from cardiovascular causes compared with any other time of the year.

Depression in the Elderly: A Common Condition That's Often Overlooked

Marki Flannery | Posted 12.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Depression is frequently overlooked in older individuals, in part because their condition is often expressed in physical symptoms like fatigue, insomnia or loss of appetite, as opposed to overt sadness.

Shingles Linked To Higher Risk Of Heart Attack And Stroke | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Sara G. Miller Published: 12/16/2015 10:52 AM EST on LiveScience A bout of shingles may increase your risk for other serious health conditions —...

Got PMS? You Might Have High Blood Pressure In The Future, Says Study | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.26.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Agata Blaszczak Boxe Published: 11/25/2015 10:14 AM EST on LiveScience The headaches, fatigue and other symptoms of premenstrual syndrome may be m...

After Almost Dying From a Stroke, I Asked These Questions

Darling Magazine | Posted 11.25.2016 | Women
Darling Magazine

The world stopped making sense to me when I almost died at 26 years old, and that's when the real questions began. On April 21, 2008, out of the blue, without a sign or symptom, I suffered a massive brain stem stroke while my six month old baby, James, slept in the other room.

Should Your Blood Pressure Be Lowered to 120?

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 11.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

Studies show, and my patients confirm to me, that most doctors don't do this, yielding BP readings that are misleadingly higher. If your SBP is over-read this way, you are at greater risk of over-treatment and harm than were the study patients. The risk of harm may be higher in the real world than in the study.

Speaking More Than One Language Helps Stroke Recovery

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living

There are ways to reduce your risk of having a stroke — for example, you can exercise more and not smoke. But should a stroke occur, you might also ...

Overcoming Perceptions of Parenting with a Disability

Christinne Rudd | Posted 11.15.2016 | Parents
Christinne Rudd

When I became a mom, I never knew how much scrutiny I'd face just because I happen to be disabled too. You read that right, my disability is secondary to me, and to be quite honest, I actually don't think of it at all.

This Is What It's Like To Have A Stroke At 44

Prevention | Posted 11.06.2016 | Healthy Living

Asking for help is also something I've gotten better at. I was hesitant to accept help at first, but as soon I found out that my heart health could be a real concern, one of the first things I did was call my mother and ask when I could take her up on her offer to stay with me and help out.

How to Learn the Warning Signs of a Stroke F.A.S.T

Dr. Rani G. Whitfield | Posted 10.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Rani G. Whitfield

What if singing a song or rapping lyrics could give someone the power to spot stroke signs and take action? And what if sharing that song could spread...

Catherine Hopes Her Tale Teaches Others F.A.S.T.

Nancy Brown | Posted 10.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

One Friday, she was in the gym with a client when Catherine said a "really, really funny feeling" overcame her. She feared that her face was becoming numb. She told the client the session was over so she could figure out what was happening.

Magnets Might 'Unlock' Paralyzed Arm After Stroke

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.22.2015 | Healthy Living

People who suffer a stroke face many physical and emotional hurdles on their long road to recovery. But now, there may be a glimmer of hope for those ...

Salt Gets An Unfair Shake, Public Health Feels The Pinch

Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS | Posted 10.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS

2,300 mg of sodium is the upper level of intake recommended by existing Dietary Guidelines for Americans and by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. But are these recommendations actually justified? And will labeling appropriately focus consumer attention and improve public health?

My Father, Arianna ... and Sleep

Michael Tierney | Posted 09.18.2016 | Parents
Michael Tierney

My father's stories not only taught me how to sleep... but dream as well. And the importance of stories as something in themselves. Which is, I think, a really wonderful lesson.

Blood Pressure Patients: You Need To Know The Latest

Nancy Brown | Posted 09.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

If you or a loved one is 50 or older and has high blood pressure plus another risk factor for heart disease, you might want to schedule an appointment...

The Most Beautiful Dance I Ever Enjoyed With My Husband

Myra Demeter | Posted 09.14.2016 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

It was just five years ago that my husband's life took a cruel turn and he suffered a devastating stroke. He couldn't walk, talk or eat. He had a feeding tube in his stomach, and we were told he was 'gravely' ill.