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June 19, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
A rising share of Americans is caring for someone with health issues, often juggling the task with a job and family, the Pew Research Center found in a newly released survey. Researchers found that 39% of U.S. adults surveyed said they were caring for an adult or child with significant health challenges in 2012, compared with 30% who said the same in 2010. Experts say the numbers will continue to surge as the American population ages, putting added demands on workers and families.
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NEWS
October 30, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Getting an early diagnosis of dementia could lead to finding ways to cope - and it could mean feeling bereft at what the future holds. So do you want to know? The early diagnosis of and intervention for Alzheimer's and other dementia has become an increasing priority, but that means the patients and their informal caregivers are left facing many issues regarding their futures that need to be considered, researchers said Tuesday. The researchers, from several British universities, reviewed 102 studies from 14 countries to consider the ramifications on patients and caregivers of a dementia diagnosis.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Jimmy Fallon had a vision: Three men stood at a bar, as men often do, but then they turned around and lo, it was revealed that each wore a Baby Bjorn, with an actual baby. He would call it "Guys With Kids," which after a sneak preview earlier this month premieres in its regular time slot Wednesday. It's not much to build a comedy on, as the pilot for NBC's "Guys With Kids" makes abundantly clear. But perhaps Fallon can be forgiven for viewing the fact that some men take care of their own children as earthshaking news because we keep treating it as such.
HEALTH
September 13, 2012 | By Karen Ravn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It sounds futuristic, but telemedicine - the use of telecommunications technologies to diagnose and treat patients - has been hotly anticipated at least since 1993, when the American Telemedicine Assn. was established. But in the last two years, it has finally "taken off" thanks to better technology and lower costs, says Jim Linkous, the association's CEO. "Today 20 million Americans get some part of their health care remotely," and that number will grow as telemedicine will expand its reach, he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Many of John Adams' scores pursue the big ideas. His subjects have included the U.S. relationship with China, Middle Eastern terrorism, the L.A. earthquake and riots, caring for the dying, the Nativity, the bomb. On Thursday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, he tackled perhaps the biggest of all when the Los Angeles Philharmonic premiered Adams' "The Gospel According to the Other Mary. " Taking on the most monumental narrative in Western civilization, Adams' part-opera/part-Passion is - in subject, meaning, emotion, relevance, historical resonance and musical ambition - huge.
NEWS
May 15, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
Asserting "we are at an exceptional moment" in the hunt for an Alzheimer'sdiseasetreatment, National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins on Tuesday promised a raft of new research aimed at stopping and reversing the memory-robbing disorder by the year 2025. In unveiling a first-ever "national strategy" on Alzheimer's disease, Collins launched several new projects and clinical trials--including a whole-genome sequencing effort to identify genes that confer vulnerability to--or protection against-- Alzheimer's, and a trial to explore whether an inhaled form of insulin will slow progression of the disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis and Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Clarence Ayers was baffled. At 73, he was raising his great-granddaughter in rural Fresno County. He relied on $334 a month in public assistance to help cover the teenager's expenses: new shoes when she outgrew her old ones, transportation to the after-school activities she enjoyed. But last summer, county officials said they were slicing his CalWorks payment by 10% and for the most perplexing of reasons: Over the years, they had mistakenly sent $10,000 to the girl's mother and grandfather.
NEWS
March 14, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
A yoga meditation program could reduce depression symptoms and boost mental health, a study finds, and that's not all - it may also show benefits at the cellular level. The study, published recently in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry , involved 49 caregivers ranging in age from 45 to 91 who were taking care of family members with dementia. Caregivers are at risk for high stress levels, often with no outlet or relief, which can lead to health problems. The participants were randomly assigned to two programs: Kundalini yoga Kirtan Kriya meditation or passive relaxation with instrumental music.
HEALTH
March 13, 2012 | By Lisa Zamosky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
My 82-year-old mother has been accusing family members of spying on her, listening in on her phone conversations and entering her home when she's not there, among other things, off and on for about 10 years. She told her doctor she won't talk with us. Is there anything we can do? Are there resources and/or free counseling services to help us work out issues with our mom so we can talk with her doctor? You can try to contact your mom's doctor to discuss her condition, particularly given that you're concerned she may be suffering from dementia and unable to properly care for herself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2011 | Kurt Streeter
The first sentence in Dean Takahashi's e-mail was a relief. "Those stories were hard for me to read," he wrote, "but I thought you handled them well. " Then he gave me pause. "I wish you had more room to describe my brother. " Dean had a point. He'd just read my recent two-part series that looked at the state's first prison hospice. There, dying killers, rapists and thieves are graced with a profound compassion, much of it coming from a group of murderers who live in other parts of the prison and have been trained as caregivers.
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