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Sweet Relief

The diabetes/arthritis/exercise triad

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: November 23, 2009
Source: Today in PT

Half of all adults diagnosed with diabetes also have osteoarthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. In fact, when the CDC analyzed combined 2005 and 2007 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, it found that the prevalence of arthritis in adults with diabetes was 52.0%, compared with 26.9% of the general adult population. The data also indicated that 29.8% of adults with combined diabetes and arthritis were physically inactive, as compared to 21.0% of those with diabetes alone.

Facility Maintenance and Capital Planning

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: July-August 2009
Source: FutureAge Magazine

As long-term care communities get larger and more sophisticated, physical plant management and planning practices must improve as well. Preventive maintenance planning must be joined to planning for replacement of equipment and renovation of buildings, and incorporated into long-term capital planning at the highest level of management. Here is a look at the issues involved, and the dangers of paying too little attention to facilities management.

Your Real Age

Dr. Michael Roizen wants to help you reverse factors that age you prematurely.

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: March 2009
Source: Success Magazine

Dr. Michael F. Roizen was consulting with patients in the mid-1980s when he began to see the value of using the real-age tactic to motivate them to quit smoking. Roizen, an internist and anesthesiologist, remembers telling his patient, Simon, that smoking made him eight years older. Simon replied, “I can’t be 57.” The patient, who actually was about to turn 49, went on to say that no man in his family had celebrated a 58th birthday. All had died by 57.

Growing Opportunities

The Challenges and Rewards of Working With Children With Down Syndrome

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: April 13, 2009
Source: Today in PT

A mother of a 19-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, Maryanne Bruni, BScOT, OT Reg(Ont), an OT at Silver Creek Pre-School, Etobicoke, Ontario, says that early intervention, good medical care, and lifetime professional support is making it possible for people with Down syndrome to reach capabilities not considered possible a generation ago.

Quality First

Private sector initiatives inform government effort to control escalating use of high-tech diagnostic imaging.

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: November/December 2008
Source: America’s Health Insurance Plans

A report released in June by the U.S. Government Accountability Office analyzes a dramatic upswing in the use of high-tech diagnostic imaging in Medicare Part B and recommends strategies to help Congress safely curb spending on imaging services, many based on radiology benefit management programs already in place at private health insurance companies.

Chasing Life Cheating Death

Winning Health Strategies from Around the World

By: Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Date: December 2008
Source: Success magazine

For many of us, living as long as we can really means living as well as we can. In fact, most people I’ve talked with in my world travels as a medical correspondent are not so interested in living as long as they can unless they continue to be of sound mind and sound body.

One of the analogies that struck me during an interview is good and simple: We want to live our lives like an incandescent light bulb—burning brightly our entire lives and suddenly going out. We don’t want all the fl ickering that we see with the fl uorescent light bulbs at the end, which is emblematic of being bedridden, in hospitals, in nursing homes, etc.

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