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'Going through the motions' to better treat dementia
Doctors are turning to wireless technology in an effort to better treat people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Doctors and nurses, will explore whether gadgets such as motion sensors and wearable motion detectors can give doctors and nurses a clear picture of patients' lives in their own homes. (2004-10-27)

Caregivers get no emotional relief from institutionalizing relatives with dementia
Results of a multi-site study coordinated by the University of Pittsburgh in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association show caregivers who make the difficult decision to place their relatives into institutionalized care get no relief from depression and anxiety and in fact suffer additional emotional trauma following their decision. (2004-08-24)

OHSU study reveals many seriously consider physician assisted suicide
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have published the first study of dying Oregonians' attitudes towards physician assisted suicide (PAS). The survey found that while very few Oregonians use PAS to end their lives, a much greater number of patients seriously consider it. A commentary published along with the article also suggests Oregon's unique law may actually limit the number of physician assisted suicides in Oregon. While illegal in other states, the practice appears to be more common outside of Oregon. (2004-08-20)

Women who early in life care for elderly parents are at higher risk of poverty later
Taking on the role of caregiver earlier in life can worsen women's economic well-being later in life, according to a study by sociologists at Rice University in Houston. Women who assumed caregiver roles were 2.5 times more likely than noncaregivers to live in poverty and five times more likely to receive Supplemental Security Income. (2004-08-14)

New hope for children with fetal alcohol syndrome
People diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome are more likely to escape social and relationship problems if they are diagnosed early in life and raised in a stable and nurturing environment. (2004-08-12)

'Crack babies' do better when placed with non-family caregivers
Researchers and doctors are concerned about the development of children born to women who used cocaine during their pregnancy. This study examines how the type of care provided to toddlers who experienced prenatal cocaine exposure affected their development. (2004-07-16)

Emergency department may be an ideal setting for teaching home injury prevention
Hospital emergency departments may provide an effective setting, although perhaps an unexpected one, for parents to learn injury prevention. Using safety questionnaires and providing a kit full of childproofing devices, researchers studied parents of injured preschoolers in the emergency department. (2004-06-07)

Caregiver burden
In this issue of CMAJ, Grunfeld and colleagues present the results of their prospective study of the burden faced by 89 caregivers of women with advanced breast cancer for 3 years or until the patient's death. (2004-06-07)

Parkinson's caregivers at risk for deteriorating health
A study by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University's Parkinson Center of Oregon found that people caring for spouses with Parkinson's disease, either at home or in a care facility, are at heightened risk for deteriorating health and well-being, as well significantly increased strain. The study's goal was to identify early warning signs in families that would predict who's at greatest risk of caregiver strain, and the negative effect on health and depression. (2004-05-26)

Safety of Canadian hospitals
This issue of CMAJ features the results from the first-ever comprehensive study examining the incidence of adverse events (AEs) in Canadian acute care hospitals. (2004-05-24)

Improving health care for children with special needs
Health care delivered close to home is vitally important, especially when the patient is a child. But how do community pediatric practices adapt to offer the best care when faced with a child who has complex and often, multiple health needs? Reporting in this month's issue of Pediatrics, Dartmouth researchers outline a process designed to help any practice become a state of the art (2004-05-20)

Enhanced counseling eases depression among people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease
The spouses of Alzheimer's patients often experience extraordinary psychological stress, but a new study by NYU School of Medicine researchers shows that a six-session counseling and long-term support program substantially eases the depression of people caring for a loved one with the devastating brain disease, and that the mental health benefits apparently are long lasting. (2004-05-01)

Hidden cost of depression in seniors: $9 billion in care from spouses, children
Depression among senior citizens carries a huge unrecognized cost: many extra hours of unpaid help with everyday activities, delivered by the depressed seniors' spouses and adult children. Even the moderately depressed require far more hours of care than those without any symptoms of depression, regardless of other health problems they may have. (2004-05-01)

Supplement use growing among children and adolescents
More than 50 percent of all young children and more than 30 percent of all adolescents in the United States have used a dietary supplement, according to research by a pediatrician at Brenner Children's Hospital and reported in the April issue of Pediatric Annals. And, she says, the increased use of these alternative therapies brings increased risk. (2004-04-19)

Caregivers, remember this: Patients' medications ease your distress too
The so-called (2004-04-05)

Low activity levels found among children with asthma due to parental health beliefs
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center report that 20 percent of children with asthma do not get enough exercise, even though physical activities such as running and swimming have been shown to decrease the severity of asthma symptoms. (2004-04-05)

Physicians can help family members caring for dying loved ones
Physicians have five areas of opportunity to be of service to family members caring for patients at the end of life, according to a UCSF Medical Center palliative care expert. (2004-01-27)

USP's hospital medication error report supports key patient safety goals
Data from the most recent report on medication errors compiled by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) supports several key patient safety goals outlined by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in the areas of patient identification, communication, high-alert medications, and use of infusion pumps. (2003-12-08)

Keeping grandma safe and healthy with biosensors
Keeping Grandma safe and healthy may someday be as simple as using a tiny sensor that can reliably track her movements. An Oregon Health & Science University professor recently received $300,000 from Intel Corporation to create new ways of using sensing technology to detect cognitive impairment and dementia in elderly adults. The technology may someday help seniors maintain their cognitive abilities and provide added peace of mind for family members worried about their loved one's health and well-being. (2003-12-03)

Synthetic marijuana reduces agitation in patients with Alzheimer's
Results from a Phase II, multi-center study found dronabinol, a synthetic version of the active ingredient in marijuana, reduces agitation in patients with Alzheimer's disease. In addition, the research concluded that reduced agitation may contribute to the relief of caregiver burden associated with the condition. The findings were presented at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists' 34th annual meeting. (2003-11-14)

Caregivers for patients with dementia need more support before patient dies, less after
Findings from the first major study to follow family members who provide care to an elderly loved one with dementia show the vast majority of caregivers need more support before the death of their loved one than after, a realization that could lead to new interventions that consider the well-being of the caregiver as well as the comfort of the patient. The results appear today in the New England Journal of Medicine. (2003-11-12)

Caregivers of family members with dementia experience more health problems than noncaregivers
More than five million caregivers of persons with dementia exist in the United States (AARP, 1988) and no quantitative review has been conducted on the physical health correlates of caring for a family member with dementia until now. In a meta-analysis of 23 studies examining self-reported health and physiological functioning in caregivers of persons with dementia, researchers found that caregivers had higher stress hormones, lower resistance to some viruses and reported poorer health than noncaregivers who were similar in age and sex. (2003-11-09)

Latest advances in end-of-life care to be featured at Tampa conference
A national conference focusing on the latest advances and issues in end-of-life care will be held Thursday, November 6, at the Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel. (2003-10-22)

Study shows people with Alzheimer's can benefit from exercise combined with caregiver training
A new study, published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by a recipient of the Alzheimer's Association's Pioneer Award, demonstrates that a regular exercise program combined with caregiver education and training on supervising exercise improved the physical and emotional health of individuals with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. (2003-10-14)

Mild depression breeds prolonged inflammation in caregivers
Even mild depression can substantially unbalance the human immune system and that change can be pivotal in setting older Americans up for developing serious age-related diseases. These findings, published today in the Archives of General Psychiatry, are the latest from a quarter-century-long body of research aimed at unraveling the link between increased stress and weakened immunity. A key conclusion from this study is that a persons mental health really does matter. (2003-10-13)

Caregivers refuse Alzheimer's medications when patient's quality of life threatened
A caregiver's assessment of an Alzheimer's patient's quality of life is the key factor in determining if and why some caregivers decline to use a treatment that slows progression of the patient's disease, according to a new study from researchers at the Institute on Aging at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. (2003-10-03)

Stress makes MS symptoms worse
For patients with multiple sclerosis, stressful life events seem to make their symptoms worse, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2003-09-18)

Learning skills greatly limits stress for family caregivers, says Stanford study
Interventional skill-building programs ease the depression, anxiety and anger common among family caregivers coping with a loved one who has dementia, say Stanford University Medical Center researchers. In the first study of its kind, the researchers found that female caregivers derived more benefit from this type of program than from traditional support groups. (2003-09-15)

Synthetic marijuana compound reduces agitation, improves appetite in Alzheimer's patients
Study results suggest dronabinol, a synthetic version of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, may reduce agitation and lead to weight gain in patients with Alzheimer's disease, according to data presented today at the annual meeting of the International Psychogeriatric Association. Dronabinol, marketed as Marinol, is the only FDA-approved cannabinoid and is indicated for the treatment of anorexia in patients with HIV/AIDS and for the treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy. (2003-08-20)

How do people in Africa want to die?
Terminally ill people in Africa want to die at home without pain, stigma, or financial hardship. Yet two articles in this week's BMJ show how poverty, limited healthcare services, and poor access to pain relief are major barriers to improving end of life care. (2003-07-24)

Common treatment for depression is safe and effective for Alzheimer's patients
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a drug, Zoloft, commonly used for depression, also improves quality of life and alleviates disruption in daily activities for the one-quarter of Alzheimer's patients who also suffer from major depression. However, the drug did not improve patients' cognitive abilities, such as thinking, remembering and learning, which are often impaired in Alzheimer's disease patients. (2003-07-23)

Changing how America deals with living and dying
UC Davis Medical Center today was named a Circle of Life Award winner. It was recognized for its West Coast Center for Palliative Care Education and Research, a program of the UC Davis School of Medicine that improves the care of patients near the end of life or with life-threatening conditions. (2003-07-14)

Mechanism found that weakens caregivers' immune status
Researchers have found a critical chemical pathway through which the human immune system is weakened by chronic stress. This reinforces earlier work that showed long-term caregivers suffer from impaired immunity. The new discovery is important because it points to a specific cytokine - Interleukin-6 - as the mechanism by which the immune system may be compromised. An increase in IL-6 has been associated previously with an increased risk for a host of serious diseases in the elderly. (2003-06-30)

Study shows long-term stress appears to damage caregivers' immune systems
Taking care of chronically ill loved ones over long periods stresses caregivers, as everyone knows, but a new study provides strong new evidence that such continuing stress boosts the risk of age-related diseases by prematurely aging caregivers' immune systems. (2003-06-30)

Sweet drinks increase obesity, nutrition risk in kids
Children who drink several cups of punch or lemonade consume a lot less milk and gain more weight than children who drink less than a glass. They also consume significantly less calcium, zinc, protein, phosphorus and vitamin A, according to a Cornell University study. (Journal of Pediatrics, June 2003). (2003-06-26)

Federal task force study on dementia screening
U.S. Preventative Services Task Force found that insufficient data exists to indicate whether it is a good idea or not to administer dementia screening tests to patients who do not have symptoms of memory loss or confusion. (2003-06-02)

Aging drivers--when it is time to take away the keys
The safety of most older drivers should be a concern to everyone, yet for those seniors who should no longer be behind the wheel asking them to give up their keys is not as easy as it sounds. A University of Alberta researcher is hoping to make that transition as smooth as possible. (2003-05-30)

Psychoanalysts to convene 92nd Annual Meeting
The 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association will be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston from June 18 through June 22, 2003. (2003-05-09)

'Enhanced' counseling, support interventions slash long-term risk of depression among AD caregivers
Short-term intensive counseling in conjunction with readily available support can significantly reduce the long-term risk of depression among husbands and wives caring for spouses with Alzheimer's disease. The positive impact of these interventions continued for more than 3 years after the initial counseling sessions ended and persisted even after those with AD died or were placed in nursing homes, according to a study supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). (2003-05-01)

Early use of universal forms boosts informed consent among ICU patients
Asking permission at the first opportunity rather than when it becomes urgent can nearly double the consent rate for most of the invasive procedures performed in the ICU setting. (2003-04-15)

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