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2020

Therapy by Phone Helps Parkinson's Patients Manage Depression

Therapy by Phone Helps Parkinson`s Patients Manage DepressionFRIDAY, April 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A type of talk therapy by phone may help treat depression in people with Parkinson's disease, researchers say. Depression is common in Parkinson's disease patients. It's associated with faster physical and mental decline, but is often overlooked and undertreated. While cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has shown promise in easing depression in people with Parkinson's, many don't have access to therapists who understand Parkinson's. This study, published online April 1 in the journal Neurology, assessed the effectiveness of CBT by telephone. "These results are exciting," said study author Roseanne Dobkin, an associate professor of psychiatry at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, N.J. "They show that specialized...

How to Connect With Nursing Home Patients in Quarantine

9 April 2020
How to Connect With Nursing Home Patients in QuarantineTHURSDAY, April 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. nursing homes, assisted living centers and other long-term care facilities have closed their doors to outsiders due to the coronavirus pandemic, making it difficult for residents and their families to stay connected. The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) has some advice for making this difficult situation better. "Right now, families across the country cannot visit their relatives in long-term care settings, and while they can't be there with them in person, they can, and should, still be there for them," said Charles Fuschillo, president and chief executive officer of the AFA. "There are other ways that individuals can remain connected with a loved one with Alzheimer's from anywhere," he noted in a foundation news...

Are Steroids Really the Answer for Arthritic Knees?

8 April 2020
Are Steroids Really the Answer for Arthritic Knees?WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Folks with knee arthritis will get more out of physical therapy than a cortisone shot, a new clinical trial argues. People with osteoarthritis of the knee had less pain and disability after one year of physical therapy than others who received as many as three injections during that same period, according to study results. "We found that the steroid injection did not have any advantages over physical therapy," said lead researcher Gail Deyle, a physical therapist and professor at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Deyle hopes these findings will spark a change in the way knee arthritis is treated. Only about 10% of patients with knee arthritis are offered physical therapy prior to requiring a total knee replacement,...

Many Americans Will Grieve Parents, Grandparents Lost to...

8 April 2020
Many Americans Will Grieve Parents, Grandparents Lost to CoronavirusWEDNESDAY, April 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As deaths from coronavirus continue to mount, researchers are calling attention to another toll of the pandemic: the many people left behind to grieve, in a time of social isolation. Losing a loved one is a traumatic event at any time. But experts say the ongoing crisis presents unique difficulties for people in mourning -- from the suddenness of the loss, to the societal shifts happening around it. And a huge number of people will be affected in the months to come. "This will be a mortality shock that the U.S. has never experienced," said Emily Smith-Greenaway, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. Greenaway and colleague Ashton Verdery recently published an analysis estimating how...

How to Ease Loved Ones With Alzheimer's Through the Pandemic

7 April 2020
How to Ease Loved Ones With Alzheimer`s Through the PandemicTUESDAY, April 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus pandemic is throwing Americans' daily lives into disarray, and such disruptions are especially hard on people with Alzheimer's disease. Changes in daily routines can trigger anxiety, confusion, agitation and/or discomfort for people with Alzheimer's, but there are a number of things family caregivers can do to adapt, according to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA). "There is often comfort in the familiar," said Charles Fuschillo Jr., foundation president and CEO. "As we all adjust to the 'new normal' created by the coronavirus outbreak, caregivers should know about steps they can take to adapt routines and help their loved ones stay calm and comfortable." Try to maintain normal daily schedules for getting up,...
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