Do You Want to Learn More About Caregiving?

Giving

Challenges in Caregiving: Giving Care, Taking Care, a caregiver training conference will be offered on Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Tukwila Community Center in Tukwila, Washington. The event is hosted by Aging and Disability Services Administration, Full Life Care and Pierce County Community Connections/Aging and Long Term Care along with the support of numerous community organizations. The conference is designed to provide current, practical skills and resources that community caregivers can use in their daily caregiving responsibilities. The conference is intended for:

• Family caregivers (spouses, adult children, parents of adults with disabilities, or other relatives)
• Home care workers and adult day services staff
• Adult family home or assisted living staff
• Social service or mental health professionals who work with family caregivers

The Early Registration fee (by May 15) for individual caregivers is $30. Scholarships are available for unpaid family caregivers. The Early Registration fee for agency-based caregivers is $50. Fees include workshops, lunch and resource exhibits. Registration forms will be available in April and space is limited – so don’t delay! For more information or to receive a full brochure and registration materials, please call 1-800-422-3263 or 360-725-2544.

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Are They Your Vaccinations?

Medical personnel and flu shotsThe flu season may finally be coming to an end in the U.S. and after an extreme season, compared to previous years, many are eager for it to conclude.

Getting vaccinated has become one of our best defenses against the illness, but a recent report put the vaccine’s effectiveness at 62 percent, and many American’s are not sold on getting the vaccination.

There is also a rising debate for whether the vaccine should be mandatory for hospitals and other high risk organization. Hospital administrators are grappling with whether to compel doctors, nurses and other medical staff to get vaccinated which as of now is not required.

The flu continues to hit older people hard, with more than 50 percent of hospitalizations involving adults 65 years and older. For hospital workers alone 60% get the shot, according to a report by the California Department of Public Health. The federal government has set a goal of 90% by 2020.

With an estimated 36,000 people dying from the flu and its complications in a typical season, the debate for vaccination isn’t going away anytime soon. One thing that president-elect of the California Medical Association, Richard Thorp, hopes is that “we all agree that you come to the hospital to get well, not to get sick.”

To read more please click HERE

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FDA’s New Safety Plan for Opioids

The Food and Drug Administration has taken a stand against opioid abuse with their new safety measures.

This plan is a result of the fast growing prescription drug epidemic in the United States. Opioids are at the heart of this widespread debate, as they are prescribed for chronic pain, and sometimes over prescribed or abused because of their highly addictive qualities.

The abuse of common opioids such as OxyContin, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and fentanyl have contributed to the increase in annual opioid related deaths. “In 2008, nearly 15,000 Americans died where opioids were involved. In 2009, that number went up to 16,000” according to the FDA.

In order to cut down on the abuse of these drugs the FDA has established guidelines for manufactures to better educate physicians.

“The education guidelines will include information on weighing the risks and benefits of opioid therapy, choosing patients appropriately, managing and monitoring patients, and counseling patients on the safe use of these drugs.”

For more information please read the full article HERE.

Other information provided by the FDA.

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ObamaCare

Today marked a historical Supreme Court ruling, as President Obama’s health reform law has been upheld, with a 5-4 decision. The principle upheld by the high court’s ruling is that no American should go bankrupt because of illness.

This decision is likely to have a large impact on the upcoming November elections. Those who disapprove of the ruling, like Republican candidate Mitt Romney, believe that “defeating Obama in November is the only way to get rid of it.”

President Obama states that, “I know the debate over this law has been divisive…It should be pretty clear that I didn’t do this because it was good politics. I did it because I believe it is good for the country.”

Read more about how this ruling will impact your healthcare HERE.

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Can a Blood Test Help Predict Your Death?

A new study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the European Society of Cardiology Congress discovered a certain enzyme that could be linked to both heart disease and cancer. By measuring this enzyme in blood, it could serve as an early predictor of who is most likely going to die from these health problems.

The study had almost 2,000 participants joined in two separate long-term trials where the researchers measured the level of cathepsin S, an enzyme involved in breaking up proteins. They followed the participants for 12.5 years and found that, “those who have the highest level of cathepsin S were more likely to die than those with lower or half of those levels.”

It is yet to be clear how cathepsin S might be related to heart disease or cancer, but this study is the first to find a marker associated both these leading killers of U.S adults. Overall, it is too early to know if cathepsin S will be handy in predicting who has the greatest risk, but already pharmaceutical companies are keeping their eyes on the progress.

Read the original article here-courtesy of Times Heathland

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Overall, Cancer Rates in U.S. Continue to Decline

The American Cancer Society’s annual report announced that cancer death rates are declining 1.8 percent per year in men and 1.6 percent per year in women between 2004 and 2008.  The advances in cancer screening and treatment have prevented a million + deaths from cancer since the early 1990’s. There were seven less-common cancers that rose in the past decade signifying that more can be done.

Also, between 1999 and 2008, cancer death rates fell by more than 1 percent each year in both men and women in every racial and ethnic group except for American Indians/Natives whose rates are holding steady.

The biggest declines were among black men (2.4 percent) and Hispanic men (2.3 percent).

This year, they suggest that 1,638,910 people will be newly diagnosed with cancer and 577,190 people will die from it. That is why it is important to do cancer screenings every year.

For more statistics and information, click here—Courtesy of Foxnews.com

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Tougher rules for Sunscreen Labeling (Finally!)

The FDA has recently announced stricter rules for sunscreen manufacturers on labeling their sun protection claims. There are new provisions that permit simpler sunscreen labels and require the manufacturers to test their product’s effectiveness against UVA and UVB. The UVB rays are known to cause sunburn and both UVA and UVB rays are the foundation to cause skin cancer and wrinkling.

The FDA has been considering the new rules since 1978 and will turn into laws by next summer. They have found that any products with SPF of 2-14 are not effective in reducing the chance of skin cancer or premature skin aging, therefore must include a warning explaining that it hasn’t been proven to reduce the risks of cancer or skin aging. Interestingly enough, the FDA has suggest removing any SPF labels above 50, because they haven’t found any verification that sunscreens with that high of SPFs could give anyone better protection. The administration is continuing to research on the claim until further evidence has been found.

Also, the FDA is requiring all manufacturers to remove words such as “waterproof,” and “sweat-proof” from labels, because they are misleading to the consumers. They have instructed them to use terms such as “water-resistant” and they must label how many minutes that the product could uphold sun protection.

Read the rest of the article here: http://ti.me/iuu1CB

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