Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

December 26, 2011

Have You Had Your Baked/Broiled Fish Today?

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

HAVE YOU HAD YOUR BAKED/BROILED FISH TODAY?

 

     An MRI brain scan study discovered older persons who regularly ate baked or broiled fish experienced a reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

     Eating fried fish did not improve gray matter volume or reduce the risk of developing cognitive impairment.

     The study controlled for age, gender, education, race, obesity, physical activity, and the presence or absence of apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4), a gene that increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

The findings showed that consumption of baked or broiled fish on a weekly basis was positively associated with gray matter volumes in (more…)

October 19, 2011

Enjoy Coffee in Moderation

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

ENJOY COFFEE IN MODERATION

     I was in my thirties before I began drinking coffee. I started the habit when I was leading domestic violence group meetings at my dining room table, and attendees forbade me from making their coffee. My schedule was so tight that I succumbed to drinking coffee during the meetings, and discovered it helped me with a physical problem.

     Since then, I have enjoyed one cup of coffee each morning while I read the daily newspaper.

     Then came the time that I spent the weekend in the hospital. I’d had symptoms of heart problems that they weren’t going to address until Monday. I was admitted Friday evening.

     Disaster! I wasn’t allowed to have (more…)

October 15, 2011

Bugs Fly Into My Eyes

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

BUGS FLY INTO MY EYES

     It was a bug-eyed summer for me. At least half a dozen times I flew into my house to remove (more…)

October 4, 2011

Value of Flu Vaccine to Persons Over 65

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

VALUE OF FLU VACCINE

TO

PERSONS OVER 65

     As I type this post I hear the drip, drip, drip, of raindrops rolling off the eaves of the house onto the ground. It’s been a constant sound since Friday evening, and before. My hands are chilly in the damp forties temperature.

     It’s a reminder that the flu season is upon us.

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     A Swedish institute concludes there’s no evidence that the flu vaccine does anything in the over-65 population that opening windows and washing hands wouldn’t do, according to the results of a world-wide data review over a period of forty years of flu seasons.*

     What can one conclude from this review?  Perhaps

  • persons surviving six and a half decades have (more…)

May 31, 2011

Second- and Third-Hand Smoke

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

SECOND- AND THIRD-HAND SMOKE

WORLD TOBACCO DAY

     Eight year old Rosemary entered my house on one of her many visits. This time she would stay for several days while her mother was in the hospital for diabetic treatment.

     Rosemary knew the routine: as soon as her mother left, she unpacked all her clothes, gathered a clean robe I provided, and took a shower. The clothes she unpacked and the ones she took off her back were immediately thrown into the washing machine. Sometimes they were run through the wash cycle twice.

     Each time we did this, Rosemary looked (more…)

April 9, 2011

Self-Improvement at the Cost of Memory

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

SELF-IMPROVEMENT AT THE COST OF MEMORY

These days, almost everyone is involved in some kind of self-improvement program, even though most of these don’t work very well. What if you pursued one that did work well, but there was a price to pay?* 

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     What if you could choose to change one thing about yourself—would you do it, would it be worth it, if you lost a portion of your personal memory in exchange?

     I think it depends. If I gave up a portion of my personal memory that was not too important—say, memories of my life between birth and age three—in order to release myself of an addictive habit such as (more…)

April 8, 2011

Pharmacogenomics Can Improve Patient Meds

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

PHARMACOGENOMICS CAN

IMPROVE PATIENT MEDS

     When I began taking heart medications I entered new territory. I hated taking medication of any kind, and only did so when I was desperately in need. The new regimen made me feel like I was a part of a giant pharmaceutical experiment. Plus, I was aware there could be side effects. And, as always, I questioned whether or not I truly needed the medication.

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What if when you went to the doctor’s office, instead of making an educated guess about what medication to prescribe, your doctor gave you a genetic test that indicated which medication was right for you?

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     Such tests might predict how your response to a drug or determine if you are in a group of patients who would suffer side effects.

     Pharmacogenetics, a.k.a. pharmacogenomics, is the intersection of two fields, pharmacology and genetics. This youthful field that studies how genetic variations affect the ways people respond (more…)

March 5, 2011

Pennsylvania Encourages Organ Donation

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

PENNSYLVANIA ENCOURAGES ORGAN DONATION

     Pennsylvania not only wants your taxes, it wants your organs.

     Donate Life Pennsylvania and the Center for Organ Recovery & Education are asking Pennsylvanians to sign up to literally give a part of themselves to others.* Although eighty-five percent of Pennsylvania’s population supports organ and tissue donations, not even half (more…)

February 1, 2011

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

February 1, 2011: Morning: car coated with thin layer of ice

10:30 p. m.: 32 degrees, icicles dripping

 HEART ATTACK SYMPTOMS IN WOMEN

February 4, 2011, is National Wear Red day, a day set aside to raise awareness for women’s heart health and the effect of heart disease on women. To learn more, click on http://www.goredforwomen.org/about_the_movement.aspx

Be aware that the symptoms for women having a heart attack are often different from those of a man, but any of the following symptoms can occur in men and women:

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Classic Symptoms

  • Squeezing chest pain or pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Tightness in chest
  • Pain spreading to shoulders, neck or arm
  • Feeling of heartburn or indigestion with or without nausea and vomiting
  • Sudden dizziness or brief loss of consciousness

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Symptoms More Likely in Women (more…)