Archive for February 2013

Watch and share the official Rare Disease Day 2013 video!

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Watch and share the official Rare Disease Day 2013 video! The sixth Rare Disease Day takes place on 28 February 2013. This year's slogan "Rare Disorders without Borders" emphasises the need for international cooperation. Join an activity taking place near you to demonstrate global solidarity. Let's go beyond borders for rare disorders. Show your solidarity today!


All ears for the sounds of life

Posted by Kerrie Denner

by Louise Bellamy

Janet Saunders has spent more than a decade starting each day with her dog waking her up with the touch of a paw when the alarm clock goes off. Janet has no hearing in her left ear and only a little in her right and it is Julia who is Janet's ears to the world.

Meditation: No Longer Such a 'Black Box'

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Carl Sherman

Although the scientific study of meditation goes back a good 40 years and includes thousands of papers, most research has focused on apparent health benefits and psychological effects, and only in the past decade has the underlying neurobiology come under close scrutiny. But recent progress in this area has been rapid, according to psychiatrist-researcher Charles Raison of University of Arizona.

Feds’ ‘E-Health’ initiative reaches out to patients

Posted by Kerrie Denner


Want to email your doctor? Download your brain scan? Make sure that your online health records are up to date? Good luck.

In an age of the Web, Wi-Fi and ever-present social media, so-called e-health lags far behind. But federal officials leading the multibillion effort to get doctors and hospitals to use health information technology are now reaching out to patients and families to help them become e-patients.

New Tools Help Health Providers Reduce Patients' Risk of Falls

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D.

For older adults, falls are serious, whether they take place in the home or in a health care setting.

More than one-third of adults over age 65 fall each year. Falls can cause bone fractures, disability, and even death. Among people 75 and older, falls are far more likely to cause admissions into a long-term care facility than for adults 10 years younger, Federal data show.


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