Review of Osteoporosis

About half of all women over 50 will get a fracture related to osteoporosis (CNN). An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) provides these quick facts: Each year in the United States, hip fractures result in approximately 300,000 hospital admissions and an estimated $9 billion in drug medical costs.  Most … Read more

Information on Alzheimers Disease

According to the National institute on Aging (NIA), Alzheimer’s disease is considered “a major public health problem” affecting millions of older Americans.  The NIA is the lead research agency for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). When healthy people continue to age, their brain changes.  Parts of it shrink, communication between neurons is reduced, blood … Read more

Researching Heart Disease

Government Agencies The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has a branch called the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.  This department provides information to both the public and health professionals on diseases and research affecting the heart, lung, and blood. To search for information on bypass surgery, click the NHLBI link above, and … Read more

A look at Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, refers to plaque buildup in the blood vessels that carry blood away from your heart, especially to the legs.  Plaque is composed of fat, cholesterol, and other substances. Peripheral Artery Disease is caused by arteriosclerosis or atherosclerosis, which refers to the hardening of arteries from plaque buildup.  Plaque may result … Read more

Finding Reputable Research on COPD

Government Agencies The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, provides information on COPD, including an overview, causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and clinical trials.  They also offer information in a video format. Associations The American Lung … Read more