The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reported this year that in 2006 Alzheimer's disease moved up one place to become the 6 th leading cause of death in the USA. 72,914 Americans died of the disease. While life expectancy for Americans increased to an average 78.1years, statistics showed that Alzheimer's disease was the only one of the 15 leading cause of death where death rates increased (age is one of the major risk factors for Alzheimer's).
When people get a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease they not only have to face living with the illness itself, they often begin to consider their death. Many ‘patients', and their families, wonder how they will die and start to ask health care workers for more information about end of life issues.
Statistics vary about the length of time people survive with Alzheimer's from diagnosis to death, but it is about 8 years. The cause of death varies, but is one of three ways;
from another medical condition such as heart disease or ...
My Crohn's Disease has been acting up of late. I had been on a trip in upstate NY and a few other people I was with were diagnosed with Giardia. Could I have it too, and what should I do?
Giardiasis is a parasite infection caused by Giardia lamblia, the most common intestinal parasite in the United States. Most infections result from fecal-oral transmission or ingestion of contaminated water. Contaminated food is a less common etiology. It is commonly spread among people, with 25% of family members with infected children becoming infected. The incubation period averages 1-2 weeks, with a mean of 9 days. The average duration of symptoms ranges from 3-10 weeks. Most infections are asymptomatic, but when symptoms do occur, they can be very similar to that of Crohn's disease. Some patients develop abrupt onset of explosive, watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, fever, and malaise lasting a few days. More commonly, patients experience a more insidious onset of symptoms which ...
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