Tara Hill Professor: Dr. Vidourk February 5, 2012 Reading Reaction Paper Are Americans over medicating themselves? “Are Americans Over medicating Themselves” The article discusses the benefits that can help you and the malfunction that can hurt you when taking these drugs. These medications can be beneficial and harmful to an individual with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or recurring chronic illness. The article often discusses the manufacture of new drugs before releasing them to the public. The article really focuses on many doctors that prescribe medications without realizing the consequences of their chronic illness already and what a new medication will do to them.
The disease is often detected in the first few weeks of life. Due to the buildup of lipids in the CNS, motor control, swallowing, and mental capabilities are impaired. In the very worst of cases most children do not live beyond two years, in mild cases some are known to live into their teen years. The trait is passed on when both parents carry a defective gene that moderates protein sphingomyelin. The likelihood of the child getting Farber’s is twenty five percent; there is a fifty percent chance that the child will carry the defective gene with no symptoms, a carrier.
There has been another increase in improved medical practice as recently, bypass surgery and other similar developments have reduced heart disease and its related deaths by one third. Public health measures and environmental improvements are more reasons for the falling death rate since 1900. There have been improvements in housing (including better ventilation, and less overcrowded houses), improved sewage disposal methods which helped increase the level of hygiene in areas and purer drinking water which raised the health of citizens. Also, the Clean Air Acts reduced pollution which impacted on the number of deaths. Other social changes which are more reasons for the decline
There are different forms of the disease, and it is hard to predict if a person will experience a mild form or a severe one. People who experience sudden attacks of symptoms, which then improve or completely disappear are said to have the relapsing remitting form of the disease. This is the most common form. About two thirds of people with this end up going on to develop the secondary progressive form after 15 years (Multiple Sclerosis 2010). This is when their symptoms fail to recover and gradually worsen.
Since it is impossible to predict how long the disease has been active before being diagnosed, many patients last less than a year. However, life span can be five years after diagnosis and a small percentage survive ten years. Older persons and those with bulbar form tend to have a worse prognosis. About five to ten percent of ALS victims have an inherited disease, which strikes at a younger age and consecutive generations. Non-inherited ALS develops between 40 to 70 years of age and does not have racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
L o n g -Te rm Ca r e Sy st em s Long-Term Care In The United States: An Overview A complex system of public and private funding often leaves elderly persons at risk of financial catastrophe and inadequate care. by Judith Feder, Harriet L. Komisar, and Marlene Niefeld PROLOGUE: Elderly Americans are just about the only group of U.S. citizens whose health care is universally insured as an entitlement. However, elders who need long-term care have much less protection. Medicare, the federal program for the elderly and disabled, covers many of the costs of acute medical care but only tangentially covers some long-term care services. Medicaid, the federal/state health program, covers long-term care but only for people who are poor or who
About 75% of people who are diagnosed with dementia will have either Alzheimer's or vascular dementia, or a combination of the two. There are other forms of dementia which are less common. They include dementia with Lewy bodies, fronto-temporal dementias, Huntington's disease, alcohol-related dementias, and HIV/AIDS-related dementia. 4.1 Peoples ability and disability differs depending on what type of dementia they have. Not all people who have dementia are always forgetful and some types, such as fronto-temporal dementia, are far less forgetful than Alzheimer’s disease.
The symptoms of atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries are shortness of breath, chest pain, increased heart rate, sleep problems, fatigue or tiredness, and lack of energy. So if you are experiencing any of these symptoms you need to talk to your doctor. SLIDE
Signs include chest pain, coughing, difficulty breathing, and fever. Aplastic crisis: This is when the bone marrow temporarily slows its production of RBCs due to infection or another cause, resulting in a serious drop in RBCs and severe anemia. Signs include paleness, fatigue, and rapid