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 Tuesday August 23, 2011 - Issue #48

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad, actor, producer, writer, is possibly most recognized for her stellar role as Clair Olivia Hanks Huxtable, the wife/partner of Heathcliff “Cliff” Huxtable (Bill Cosby) on The Cosby Show.

Ms. Rashad has recently taken on a new role in raising awareness of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), a condition that affects about eight million Americans and puts them at more than double the risk of heart attack or stroke.  Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg recently sat down with Ms. Rashad for a frank, funny and wide-ranging interview.  Who could expect less from Mrs. Huxtable?

Gary Barg:  What should people know about PAD?

Phylicia Rashad:  That the people who are at greatest risk for developing PAD are those with diabetes who are over 50 years old, who have hypertension, high cholesterol, people who are heavy smokers, people over 70; people with a history of heart attack or a stroke in their family.

GB:  How has PAD affected your family?

PR:  When I did hear about PAD, I thought about my father immediately, because my father had diabetes and he died of a heart attack. Then I continued to read about PAD and I remember the moment that I read about one of the common symptoms, cramping in the legs...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

Top Ten Articles in July 

Feature Article

Alleviating Bed Sores Can Be Done

By Marie Santangelo, Staff Writer

Pressure sores are also known as decubitus ulcers and occur in patients who have little or no mobility allowing them to change positions and relieve the pressure on the body.  Sores can develop over time and may be diagnosed in “grades” of progression.  Prevention is the best method of dealing with anything that compromises our health, but bedsores can be alleviated efficiently when they are addressed in early stages...continued

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Guest Column

Today's Rural Caregiving: Managing Mood
Without Medication
By Linda Lindsey Davis, RN, PhD  

Gemma Reilly is a 72 year-old woman who, with her 74 year-old husband Bob, divided her time between visiting four adult children and 10 grandchildren, worked in the family garden, and maintained a busy schedule of church activities. After Bob’s death three years ago, Gemma tried to cope, but the recent death of her childhood best friend seemed to be the final blow...continued

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Tips for Managing Incontinence
with Frontotemporal Dementia
by Geri Hall, PhD, ARNP, GCNS-BC, FAAN

Always make sure the doctor does an evaluation to rule out infections, tumors, etc. for both urinary or bowel incontinence.

If the patient is still early in the disease, there are two frontotemporal dementia-specific issues:...continued

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I have had my mother living with me for nearly four years. While she is able to walk around the house and do some easy things, she is unsteady at times and has fallen. She has type 2 diabetes and COPD, as well as other less threatening health problems. Having a 17-year-old here, too, is sometimes very stressful. Mom is 82 now. Is there anyone out there that can give me some tips on keeping the peace?


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Phylicia Rashad

Feature Article
Alleviating Bed Sores Can Be Done 

Guest Column
Today's Rural Caregiving: Managing Mood Without Medication

Tips for Managing Incontinence with Frontotemporal Dementia  


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