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(BPT) - With flu season in full swing, many adults are visiting their health care providers to discuss ways to stay healthy. Have you thought about other potentially serious diseases you may be at risk for as an adult?
(BPT) - Major depressive disorder (MDD), also known as clinical depression, affects a large number of people. In fact, in the United States, it’s been estimated that more than 30 million people have suffered from MDD over a lifetime. Symptoms of MDD include saddened mood, loss of interest or pleasure, significant changes in weight or appetite, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, lack of energy, restlessness or slowed thinking or movements, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, difficulty concentrating, or indecisiveness, and recurrent suicidal thoughts or actions.
(BPT) - Expectant moms already have plenty to worry about including keeping up with medical appointments and setting up a nursery. However, one very easy and vitally important thing to do for a healthy baby is to make sure pregnant and nursing women get enough iodine.
Patricia Haynes in the UA College of Medicine has been awarded $3.1 million to study the relationship between unemployment and putting on pounds.
At the University of Arizona, students and employees have long been actively engaged in efforts to aid in the statewide and global drive to improve individual wellness, access to care and the population’s overall health.
David Savitt, an associate professor in the University of Arizona Department of Mathematics, has been chosen to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor the U.S. government bestows upon science and engineering professionals who are in the early stages of their independent research careers.
A study by researchers at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery, published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, showed that an innovative, customized exercise program applied to clinical practice substantially improved care for dementia patients.
The UA study combined high-intensity strength and functional exercises with specifically designed strategies for patients with dementia to promote exercise training in a hospital setting. The new exercise program was implemented in a hospital rehabilitation unit and compared with a usual-care rehabilitation program.
"Rehabilitation of basic functional tasks, such as the ability to rise from a chair or walking, is of utmost importance to reduce fall risk, prevent loss of independence and increase mobility-related quality of life in patients with dementia," said Michael Schwenk, lead author of the paper and a research associate with the UA Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performanc, or iCAMP. "However, there has been a lack of evidence whether patients with dementia can benefit from more intensive rehabilitation exercise programs."
In addition to cognitive deﬁcits, people with dementia experience declining basic motor performances, such as walking, during the course of the disease. Motor deﬁcits worsen by the reduced physical activity and increase the fall rate in these patients, causing an additional disability burden. Based on motor and cognitive deﬁcits, people with dementia have a threefold risk of falling compared with those without cognitive impairment, Schwenk said.
Results of the UA study showed that the higher-intensity, tailored exercise program greatly increased the benefits of functional performances in patients with dementia as compared with the traditional rehabilitation program. The patients who received the novel intensive training improved substantially in basic motor functions, such as lower-extremity muscle strength and postural balance, which are linked to the high fall risk in this population.
"Improvement in lower extremity strength was four times higher in the group that received the new training program compared to the group that received usual rehabilitation care only," said Schwenk. "Results indicate that medium to high training adherence can be achieved in the majority of geriatric inpatients despite cognitive impairment and acute functional impairment."
Several studies have identified cognitive impairment as a negative predictor for functional rehabilitation outcomes and that memory loss, language impairments or lack of motivation may be barriers for effective rehabilitation. Schwenk said geriatricians and therapists struggle with which type of exercise and what level of intensity is appropriate for these patients, and that little guidance is available as to which exercise program is the most suitable. Specific exercise programs incorporating strategies to promote exercise training in patients with dementia have not been adequately developed, he said.
"The UA study provides important insight as to how geriatric rehabilitation exercise programs in patients with dementia can be adjusted and rendered more effective," Schwenk said. "Current findings may help to establish specifically designed rehabilitation exercise programs for patients with dementia and may provide guidance to clinicians as to which rehabilitation protocols are the most effective."
Schwenk, who also is a member of the UA's Arizona Center on Aging, collaborated on the study with a multidisciplinary team that included Bijan Najafi, iCAMP director, UA associate professor of surgery and engineering, and member of the Arizona Center on Aging, the UA Arthritis Center and the UA Cancer Center; Jane Mohler, iCAMP clinical adviser, associate director of the Arizona Center on Aging and associate professor of medicine with co-appointments in the UA colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; Ilona Dutzi, William Micol and Klaus Hauer, all with the Department of Geriatric Research, Bethanien-Hospital/Geriatric Centre at the University of Heidelberg, Germany; and Stefan Englert, with the Institute of Medical Biometry and Informatics, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Getting top grades, serving as president of her student nursing association and networking with professionals didn’t get Chloe Burtcher the nursing job she knew was her calling when she received an associate degree from Yavapai College in 2012.
Barbara B. Brewer, clinical associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, has been awarded a four-year, $1.3 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the top reason for medical errors: communication issues.
As contemporary shifts in higher education are reshaping the path toward graduate school, several University of Arizona programs are working to ensure that students are well poised to earn advanced degrees.
They roam the remotest corners of the world, scale the highest mountains and descend deep into the Earth.
U.S. Senator John McCain
A $1.7 million committment by Tucson Foundations is making the endowed chair possible. Rhee was this year's Undergraduate Commencement speaker.
Students are encouraged to inquire with their colleges for ceremony details and to visit the commencement website.
Easter Bunny coming to Tucson malls
June 15, 2011 - U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords reached a major milestone in her recovery today when she was discharged from TIRR Memorial Hermann and will soon begin outpatient treatment at the same facility.
Globally about, 15 million people suffer from a stroke each year, with fivc million left permanently disabled. Typical disabilities include poor balance because neuromuscular control is lacking, blood pressure imbalance and depression.
With a steady hand, a robot repaired Oro Valley resident Tom Moser’s heart while his doctor stood nearby guiding the entire process with his feet.
9/80 Club generates 300 toys
Arizona Theatre Company has elected Dr. Mary Jo Ghory and Dina Scalone-Romero to its board of trustees, and chosen Arlene Webster as an honorary trustee.
Gowned, masked and awed, I stood on the anestheologist's raised platform at the patient's head and peered over the blue drape. Three feet away, cardiac surgeon Jack Copeland, M.D., was busy using a cautery tool to separate a partially-clogged blood vessel from the muscle of the patient's beating heart.
Andrews for mayor, unless he's sick of it
Upcoming arts, entertainment and cultural events.