Healthcare Tips

Caring For An Aging Mother?

September 16, 2019

Pernille Ostberg cherishes memories of growing up with her mother in Michigan, and providing care later in life when her mom was struggling with Parkinson's disease. "Through the difficult times, we continued to celebrate Mother's Day together over a special meal, sharing memories of our lives," said Ostberg, president and CEO, Matrix Home Care, a statewide service provider. Like many Floridians, Ostberg knows that caring for an aging or disabled mother can be a difficult challenge for family m...

Tracking Your PSA: Be Proactive To Find Trends

September 15, 2019

Experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center advise men to keep a record of their prostate specific antigen (PSA) test results to help determine if they are at increased risk for prostate cancer. "Recent reports have debated the usefulness of the PSA test, but men should not write off this exam," says John W. Davis, M.D., assistant professor in MD Anderson's Department of Urology. "It's still an effective way to track trends in your prostate over time," he says. "Doing this in...

New York State Compensation Policy For Egg Donors 'Seems Justifiable,' New York Times Editorial States

September 14, 2019

Although New York state's decision to allow state-funded embryonic stem cell researchers to compensate women for donating their eggs "has provoked criticism from some ethicists and runs counter to guidelines issued by" NIH and the National Academy of Sciences, it still "seems justifiable" to pay the women "for undergoing an arduous procedure and to spur progress on potentially important research that has been slowed because of a lack of human eggs," a New York Times editorial states. The state's...

Onset Of Schizophrenia Triggered By Faulty 'Wiring' In The Brain

September 13, 2019

A new study by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King's College London has discovered abnormalities in the white matter of the brain that seem to be critical for the timing of schizophrenia. The study, led by Professor Phillip McGuire and Dr Sophia Frangou, has been published in this month's edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry. The white matter of the brain consists of nerve fibres that connect parts of the brain and help regulate behaviour. The normal brain develops in...

Gift of life leaflets for every GP surgery, UK

September 12, 2019

Half a million organ donor registration forms are being mailed to doctors' surgeries throughout the UK this week - in response to public demand. Research has shown that people expect to be able to pick up an organ donor registration leaflet at their doctors' reception area - but often find they are out of stock. The massive mail drop to more than 10,500 practices will ensure every practice in the UK has copies of the life-saving leaflet available. A leaflet dispenser and poster encouraging peo...