Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Support Groups For Caregivers, Part 2

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

When the caregivers get together, “a lot of times you hear laughter coming out of that group. Sometimes you need a chance to let your hair down, ” she said. Or show your fears and worries, since “in the persona of the caregiver, you have to be the strong one.” (more…)

Support Groups For Caregivers, Part 1

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

These days, my life is very hectic while I maintain a home, build a career and monitor teenagers, among other demands. But, with rare exceptions, you can always find me once a month at the same time and place: meeting with a support group of people who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. (more…)

Alabama Insurance Information

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The Alabama Legislature in 1997 through Insurance Regulation 115 established the Alabama Health Plan (AHIP), a high-risk health insurance pool. The Alabama plan is limited to serving only those high-risk individuals who are eligible for portability under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The plan became operational on January 1, 1998. (more…)

Vitamins for Babies

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

You’ll be glad to know that normal babies who are breastfed or who drink a commercial infant formula (cow milk or soy based) already get the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for all known vitamins and minerals (calcium, iron, zinc, etc.) for infants. The RDA for babies is determined, in fact, by measuring the content of vitamins and minerals in the breast milk of healthy U.S. mothers!
Commercial formulas are required to provide the RDA of vitamins and minerals in every quart or liter of formula, which is about how much a 4- to 6-month-old baby is likely to consume in one day.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that a baby be breastfed for at least the first 12 months of life. If that is not possible, AAP recommends that the baby get a commercial formula fortified with extra iron for the first 12 months, before regular cow’s milk is introduced, sometime after age 1. So, if a baby is breastfed or gets an approved formula for the first year, there is no need to give any extra vitamins. If your baby is fed a milk that is not recommended, like goat’s milk, the baby’s doctor will probably recommend a vitamin and mineral supplement.

Babies older than 12 months who eat a reasonable American diet, with fruits, breads and crackers, dairy products, and some meat and vegetables do not generally need any extra vitamins or minerals.

If your child is a very picky eater, her doctor can help you determine whether she needs any vitamins or extra iron or calcium — but most healthy children need nothing more than a nutritious diet.

Medications and Supplements

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

No drug can cure back pain, but certain medications are recommended to relieve symptoms temporarily. Acetaminophen has been shown to be an effective anti-pain medication with few side effects. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, are also effective for reducing inflammation and relieving pain.
NSAIDs have a few side effects, mostly involving the digestive system. However, NSAIDs can cause adverse effects at large doses or in the elderly. Acetaminophen and NSAIDs, both of which are available without a prescription, are considered the safest and most effective drugs for treating back pain. One of the more popular brands of acetaminophen is Tylenol. Common brands of ibuprofen are Motrin and Advil.

Narcotic drugs may be used to treat severe pain. However,most current studies show that narcotics are no more effective in promoting healing or relieving pain than acetaminophen or NSAIDs.

Furthermore, there is a high risk of physical dependence associated with narcotics, which is a big concern. Narcotics can also blur judgement and cause serious drowsiness.

Oral steroids, cholchicine (a drug for gouty arthritis) or anti-depressant drugs have not proven effective in treating back pain. They have significant side effects, including diarrhea, vomiting, dry mouth and drowsiness. Therefore, physicians rarely recommend them.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Part 3

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Recent findings indicate that exercise, especially with resistance, can improve JRA symptoms even more than previously believed. (more…)

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Part 2

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Treatment and Management
Because there are so many techniques for treating JRA, the ideal approach is team care. Here, specialists work together, and with the family, to implement a multifaceted treatment plan of medication and rehabilitation therapy. (more…)

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Part 1

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Arthritis does not strike just older people. It’s one of the most common childhood disorders, afflicting nearly 300,000 children in the United States. Of these, an estimated 71,000 suffer from the type called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). (more…)

Daytime Wetting

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Your son certainly has control of his bladder at night and in many other circumstances but is not using the toilet in the day as often as he needs to. You can be assured that his wetting is not due to a urinary tract infection or other disease process. (more…)

Women and Smoking

Friday, May 11th, 2012

While smoking is declining for Americans, it is not decreasing as rapidly among women as among men. Almost 23 percent of adult American women smoke, and that translates into about 22.6 million women. (more…)