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Since the first wave of baby boomers is turning 65, the alarms about the coming tsunami of Alzheimer’s are starting to sound.
“Today, 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. But it’s only going to get worse – and fast. By 2030, the U.S. population aged 65 an over is expected to double, meaning there will be more and more Americans with Alzheimer’s – as many as 16 million by mid-century, when there will be nearly 1 million new cases every year,” states Generation Alzheimer’s: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers, a new report by the Alzheimer’s Association. “For many baby boomers, Alzheimer’s was a disease they saw in their parents or grandparents. Not anymore. Alzheimer’s disease is now their disease, their crisis, their epidemic.”
Several interesting – and very scary – facts are stated in the report, including:
Of the 5.3 million Americans who currently have Alzheimer’s,...
The transcript of this podcast is below. If you prefer to listen to it, you can do so easily from the MigraineCast Web site.Hello and welcome to MigraineCast the weekly podcast brought to you by MyMigraineConnection.com and the HealthCentral Network.Sunday, June 3, marks the beginning of National Headache Awareness Week. Some people have asked me why there's an awareness week for headaches and Migraine disease. People who need to ask that question are generally people who never experience anything beyond a minor tension-type headache. Those with chronic headaches or issues with Migraine disease know the answer. Although the World Health Organization ranks Migraine disease as the 19th leading cause of years lived with disability on a global level, Migraine is still dramatically underdiagnosed, undertreated, and misunderstood. That ranking is from 2004. In 2000, Migraine was ranked at 20th. While we would hope that Migraine would move down on the list, it is, unfortunate...
Muscle contraction headache; Headache - benign; Headache - tension; Chronic headaches - tension; Rebound headaches - tension
Understanding your headache triggers can help you avoid situations that cause your headaches. A headache diary can help you identify your headache triggers. When you get a headache, write down the day and time the pain began. The diary should include notes about what you ate and drank in the last 24 hours, how much you slept and when, and what was going on in your life immediately before the pain started. For example, were you under any unusual stress? Also include information about how long the headache lasted, and what made it stop.
Hot or cold showers or baths may relieve a headache for some people. You may need to make lifestyle changes if you have chronic tension headaches. This may include changing your sleep habits (usually to get more sleep), increasing exercise, and stretching the neck and back mus...
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