As the baby boomers get older, so do their parents. Many of those parents are in nursing homes right now. It’s important for children of the elderly to know their parent’s legal rights when in this situation. Having an action plan will go a long way to reduce the burden of stress when it’s necessary to advocate for a parent in a nursing home. Continue reading “Advocating Patient Rights in Nursing Homes”
A number of factors determine what constitutes an effective cancer therapy. The type (benign and malignant) and organ involved are some of the determinant factors.
An ideal cancer therapy would involve killing or removing cancer cells while leaving normally growing cells intact. When the tumor is accessible, like in small superficial skin tumors, removal is possible. In less accessible cases, however, a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy may be necessary. New and experimental techniques also promise alternatives for safer and more effective cancer therapy. These are gene therapy, bone marrow and stem cell transplants, protease inhibitors and anti angiogenesis drugs. Telomerase inhibitors targeting cell division process and biological therapies enhancing immune system’s response are also being explored. Continue reading “Considering Cancer Therapy as an Option”
Prior to flu season, the media reports that millions of people will develop the flu causing an approximate death count of 36,000 people. But dying from the flu is rare.
According to the preliminary report from CDC website in 2002, the number of deaths from the flu was estimated to be around 753. The final total of deaths from the flu for the year 2001 was 257 not 36,000. Continue reading “Getting Around the Flu Vaccine”