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April 22, 2014
Issue #707
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From the Editor's Pen Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary Barg


ALS Q&A - Dr. Kevin Horton

Gary Barg: Dr. Horton, let’s start with the basics. What is ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease?

Kevin Horton: In a nutshell, ALS is a rapidly progressive fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. Eventually, these motor neurons die and the muscles gradually weaken and waste away. Also, the ability of the brain to start and control voluntary muscle movement is lost. Often times, the ability to move is severely limited. It is a very aggressive disease and unfortunately there is no cure. There is one treatment, but it is limited in terms of its effectiveness: it really only prolongs a person’s life on average by about three months  ...more

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 IN THIS ISSUE



Sudden Hospitalizations
By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, an elderly person’s hospitalization can affect the healthy spouse’s risk of death  ...more

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Life Interrupted
By Ingrid Silvian

I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help is the title of a book I read before I understood that the inability of my daughter’s recognition of her bipolar illness had much more to do with the resistance to her treatment for it than anything else  ...more

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Knowing the Warning Signs of a Stroke
Could be the Best Prevention

Stroke is our nation's #3 killer and our best defense is to recognize the warning signs. It is possible to decrease your chances of having a stroke through education and a healthy lifestyle. Your brain needs blood, oxygen, and nutrients to function. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that feeds the brain these vital elements becomes clogged or bursts. That part of the brain is damaged and will not work, along with the part of the body it controls. Transient ischemic attacks, or TIA’s occur before the onset of a major stroke. They are considered to be a ‘warning stroke’  ...more

CareNotes

From Melinda:  My husband was recently diagnosed with MS. I have always taken care of my sister who is a brittle diabetic. Now I am researching all sites with MS caregiver info. Anyone that has info on the beginning of this please feel free to post suggestions.

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