A recent study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry has found that people who feel lonely are significantly more at risk for developing dementia.
The study, headed by Tjalling Jan Holwerda of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, found that participants who reported feeling lonely , no matter how many friends and family surrounded them, were more likely to experience dementia than those who didn’t feel lonely. The team focused on approximately 2,200 older adults living in Amsterdam, ages 65 to 86. None of the participants exhibited signs of dementia and none of them lived in facilities such as nursing homes. The researchers visited the elders two times over the course of three years. About half of them lived alone, with 20 percent reporting feelings of loneliness, even if they were married or lived with family.
The researchers stress, that solid conclusions can’t be determined at this time because cognitive problems can ...
Whenever something bad happens there is an irrational thought process that causes each of us to try to assess "blame". This is no different for doctors than it is for other people. I can't think of anything much stranger than the discussion I hear from physicians after a young patient comes in with a heart attack . You can almost see the gears turning in each doctor's head. The first thought is that the patient has a family history, high blood pressure , uses cocaine or alcohol or tobacco, has high cholesterol , is diabetic , has congenital heart disease or rheumatic fever or any other problem that differentiates him/her from the doctor. After all, the doctor doesn't want to feel that this could happen to him/her. The next thought is that the patient must have been doing something to cause this catastrophe (not like the doctor), and certainly the patient should have known that something was wrong. These are common thoughts that people have (doctors included). We do...
Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women? It is, yet women often attribute signs of heart attack that they have to other conditions that are less life-threatening—conditions such as acid reflux, flu, or simply getting older. Neica Goldberg, M.D., medical director for the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health at NYU’s Langone Medical Center and an American Heart Association volunteer said:
"They do this because they are scared and because they put their families first. There are still many women who are shocked that they could be having a heart attack.”
This Go Red for Women video illustrates Goldberg's statement:
The Signs of Heart Attack in Women:
We've all seen the stereotypical heart attack scenes on television and in movies. You know those scenes - scenes of men clutching their chests and / or arms and collapsing on the ground. What we don't typically see are realistic scenes of heart attack in women. For us, heart attack can ...
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