Weekly Link Round-Up: Bill to Aid Disabled Veterans, The Hope And Hype of Diabetic Alert Dogs, and Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms: The Sign On Your Skin That Could Signal The Condition.

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Brindisi Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Aid Disabled Veterans

Congressman Anthony Brindisi has introduced a bill to expand automobile grants for disabled veterans. The Advancing Uniform Transportation Opportunities for Veterans act is proposed to increase access to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ automobile grant. These resources are used by some of the nation’s most severely disabled veterans to purchase a vehicle. The bill's goal is to lessen the financial burden and expand access to transportation for disabled veterans by allowing them to receive a second automobile grant ten years after the first grant. To qualify a veteran must have a loss or permanent loss of use of one or both feet or hands; permanent vision impairment in both eyes; a severe burn injury; or a diagnosis of ALS. 


Read More: https://www.timestelegram.com/news/20200206/brindisi-introduces-bipartisan-bill-to-aid-disabled-veterans


Alzheimers and Dementia

Non-Invasive Method For Early Identification of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Scientists from Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University, and Merck are currently working on a new way to identify Alzheimer’s and Dementia in patients. The researchers have developed and tested machine learning algorithms using data from electronic medical records to identify patients who may be at risk of developing dementia. To train the algorithms, researchers gathered data on patients from the Indiana Network for Patient Care. The models used information on prescriptions and diagnoses as well as medical notes to predict the onset of dementia. Researchers found that the free-text notes were the most valuable to help identify people at risk of developing the disease.


Read More: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20200211/Non-invasive-method-for-early-identification-of-Alzheimers-disease-and-related-dementia.aspx


8 Warning Signs of Health Problems and How You Can Help Aging Parents

The first is to make sure your parents can take care of themselves. Failure to keep up with daily routines could indicate depression, dementia, or increasing physical impairments. The second is experiencing memory loss. There is a major difference between normal changes and memory loss. Signs of memory loss include getting lost in a familiar place, not being able to follow instructions, becoming confused about time or people or places, and asking the same question over and over again. The third is that your parents are safe in their homes. It is important to make sure your parents’ home does not have tripping hazards or is in disrepair. Fourth check if your parents are safe on the road. If they are it may be time to stop driving. The fifth is to see if they have experienced intensive weight loss. Sometimes weight loss indicates a serious underlying condition, such as malnutrition, dementia, depression or cancer. Sixth is are your parents in good spirits? Drastic shifts in mood or outlook can be a sign of depression and other mental health developments. Seventh is are your parents still social and getting out? Talk with your parents about what they are doing in their free time, such as hobbies or organizations. Finally are your parents able to get around? Are they able to walk their usual distances or have they fallen recently? 


Read More: https://www.capecodtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20200213/8-warning-signs-of-health-problems-and-how-you-can-help-aging-parents


The Hope And Hype of Diabetic Alert Dogs

This article tells the story of Gibson, a 67-year-old with type one diabetes and Rocky, a diabetic alert dog. Dogs like Rocky are specially trained to smell dangerous changes in someone’s blood sugar and alert them with a nudge or paw. Gibson shared that as she has gotten older it has become difficult for her to realize when her blood sugar is going to high or low. However, the science on a dog’s ability to sniff out blood sugar changes is mostly inconclusive. Since the industry is so new it is largely unregulated and untested. Lots of these companies are making false claims and are now facing lawsuits for their harmful advertising. An Oregon researcher’s study detected low blood sugar events 36% of the time and only 12% of the dogs’ alerts happened during actual low blood sugar events. 

Read More: https://www.kuow.org/stories/the-hope-and-hype-of-diabetic-alert-dogs

How a Cocktail of Existing Drugs Could Regenerate Insulin-Producing Cells In Diabetes

Now, scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have found that a combination of two existing classes of drugs can support the regeneration of beta cells at high rates in both lab dishes and mice. The two types of drugs are DYRK1A inhibitors and GLP-1 receptor agonists, according to the team’s new study. Stewart’s team tried pairing a GLP-1 receptor agonist and the DYRK1A inhibitor harmine. The combo caused 5% to 6% of cells in human pancreatic islets to start proliferating after four days of treatment, translating into an increase in the total population of human beta cells by an average of 40%, the team reported.


Read More: https://www.fiercebiotech.com/research/drug-combo-regenerates-insulin-producing-cells-for-diabetes



Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms: The Sign On Your Skin That Could Signal The Condition

There are three main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. These are tremors (shaking), slowness of movement and muscle stiffness. These are motor symptoms, with others including falls and dizziness, freezing and muscle cramps. The charity Parkinson’s UK reports that people with Parkinson’s can suffer from oily skin. The skin has glands that produce an oily substance called sebum that keeps the skin supple. When people who have Parkinson’s produce excess sebum, the condition is called seborrhoea. This means the skin, particularly the face and scalp, becomes greasy and shiny.

Read More: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1241367/parkinsons-disease-symptoms-oily-skin


When Can A Stroke Victim Return to Work

Suffering a stroke is similar to suffering a heart attack; in terms of Workers’ Compensation, the employee would have to prove that the stroke was caused due to performing work-related tasks. A stroke can happen from physical exertion, stress, or heat, so if you work under those conditions, receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits should not be an issue. After you make your decision, returning to work will likely be determined by the physician, as well as your walking speed. Recent studies have shown that stroke victims have a harder time walking compared to those who did not experience a stroke. Stroke victims who could not return to work walked about 2.5 feet per second, while those that returned to work averaged above three feet per second. Non-stroke victims average closer to six feet per second.

Read More: https://blogs.lawyers.com/attorney/workers-compensation/when-can-a-stroke-victim-return-to-work-60769/

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