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Many rheumatologists at least verbalize a reluctance to use “cortisone”-like drugs such as prednisone in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis ; but many, if not most, rheumatologists do use prednisone. Prednisone, even in low dosages, can cause high blood sugar, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, and osteoporosis . And prednisone may also contribute to increased infection risk, hypertension , depression , cataracts, and peptic ulcer disease.
But prednisone is an excellent anti-inflammatory, and it has been conclusively shown that low dosages of prednisone decrease bone damage due to rheumatoid arthritis. Patients report decreased joint swelling and tenderness, and researchers have noted a slowing in the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.
Medications such as prednisone enter cells and bind to a receptor. This decreases biochemicals which produce inflammation, in as little a dose as 7.5mg of prednisone. Prednisone can also replace the body’s natural “cortisone,” which is normall...
At one time it used to be thought that over-stimulation could cause behavior problems in people with dementia . This notion has been overturned and it is now believed that the opposite is much more likely. Walk into most nursing homes and one of the most common observations is that routine rules and activities, for their mostly older client group, are few and far between. Recent studies have found that nursing homes with few activities and low levels of stimulation had actually increased the number of behaviors that people found difficult to manage.
It is believed that some people with dementia can receive so little stimulation that they may reach a state of sensory deprivation. Put in this situation, the theory goes, and many people will respond by using self stimulation or behaviors that show their discontent to the situation they are in. Studies have shown that in younger people social deprivation results in hallucinations , perceptual distortions which then lead to problem be...
Since its release in 1998, the breast cancer stamp has raised
over $50 million for breast cancer research. Perhaps one of the
reasons the breast cancer stamp has been such a success is that it
makes it so easy to do good: spend a few extra pennies on postage
for mail that has to be sent anyhow, and youve done your part
in supporting the cause.
The breast cancer stamp is the U.S. Postal Services first
semi-postal, a stamp that is sold above its actual
postage value. The stamp, which covers 37 cents worth of postage,
costs 45 cents. Those pennies have added up, with more than 650
million stamps sold so far. Beth Brophy spoke to Ethel Kessler, the
art director for the breast cancer stamp, who was diagnosed with
breast cancer in 1994.
Were seven years past the release of the
breast cancer stamp. Are you surprised by its popularity?
Im in shock and awe that we created something that
resonates this much with so many people. The stamp was supposed to
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