September 1, 2010
The vaunted protection that intellectually active adults get from Alzheimer’s disease has a dark downside, a study released Wednesday has found. Once dementia symptoms become evident and Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed in such patients, their mental decline can come with frightening speed. That finding, published in the journal Neurology , comes from a study of 1,157 Chicago-based seniors who were followed for an average of just over 11 years. Six years after gauging the extent to which the study participants engaged in activities that challenged their mental capacities, researchers from Rush University Medical Center Alzheimer’s Disease Center made periodic assessments of the study participants’ cognitive health and traced the trajectories of their brain health.
February 28, 2013 |
Anastacia, an American pop star who made it big in Europe and Australia, has announced that she will be canceling her European tour because of a second breast cancer diagnosis. Anastacia, 44, made her way to international fame with her 2000 dance track "I'm Outta Love" and successfully battled breast cancer in 2003. Her "It's a Man's World Tour" was set to kick off in London on April 6 but has been canceled until further notice. "I feel so awful to be letting down all my amazing fans who were looking forward to 'It's A Man's World Tour.' It just breaks my heart to disappoint them," the singer said on her website.
April 23, 2007
Re: ["Her Self-diagnosis: Too Much Googling," April 16], I can relate to the article. I recently diagnosed myself with stomach cancer -- until it passed as gas. WENDY BECKENDORF Santa Monica
November 21, 2011 |
An angel's push is what Marjorie calls it. It happened on a weekday afternoon in June 2010. I phoned home and found my wife's voice uncharacteristically distraught. The trembling in her breath was unnerving. "What's the matter?" I asked. "I just took a tumble down the stairs," she replied. Though she was in pain, she was able to get up and walk. Nevertheless, I sped home and called our chiropractor. He insisted that Marjorie have an X-ray so that he could determine if there were any bones broken.
September 6, 2010 |
I have always had an obsession with knowing what will happen next. I check weather.com on a nightly basis and have a predilection for scanning the TV listings so that I can plan my Sunday afternoons accordingly. But lately, I've learned that sometimes there is just no way of knowing how life will unfold. You see, my mom was recently diagnosed with inoperable stage IV pancreatic cancer. It hurts even to write these words down: I am still not used to saying them in my head, let alone out loud.
October 4, 2010 |
A few months ago, I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. The diagnosis was unexpected and shocking because I had assumed that at my age ? over 80 ? I had passed that danger and mainly concentrated on coping with the usual aging health problems. Instead, I learned that older women are actually more vulnerable than younger ones to breast cancer. After the diagnosis, I was immediately deluged with information and with people. There were pamphlets to read, charts and statistics to review, cassettes to listen to. There were consultations with physicians, oncologists, surgeons, therapists.
May 17, 2013 |
Go to a busy street in your community and count the next 25 adolescents who walk, bike, skateboard, stroll or saunter past. Odds are that two of those 25 kids (8.3% to be exact) would own up to having experienced 14 or more days in the last month that he or she considered "mentally unhealthy," according to a comprehensive report on the mental health of American youth issued Thursday. Between 2005 and 2010, roughly 2 million American adolescents between 12 and 17 acknowledged that for more than half of the previous month, they routinely had felt sad, angry, disconnected, stressed out, unloved or possibly willing to hurt themselves -- or others.
February 6, 2012 |
An appointment is missed. A bill goes unpaid. A television remote winds up in the freezer. Are these harmless senior moments or worrisome warning signs that a parent may be in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease? Surveys consistently show that Alzheimer's is the second most feared disease in America, after cancer. Among those 55 and older, Alzheimer's sometimes comes out on top. After a prolonged period of ever-increasing cognitive devastation, the disease is invariably fatal.
June 8, 2012 |
There's a good chance you're familiar with Randy Pausch, a computer-science professor who delivered a poignant speech in September 2007 while he was dying of pancreatic cancer. It resulted in an incredible 2008 bestseller, "The Last Lecture," and a video that has racked up nearly 15-million views on YouTube. It's no surprise why so many people have been touched by Pausch. In the lecture and book, he exhibited incredible optimism, humor, courage, wisdom and charm in the face of an illness that took his life 10 months later.
September 28, 2013 |
One of the most touching anecdotes in Linda Ronstadt's new memoir, "Simple Dreams," comes in the moment she told her parents she was skipping out on college to pursue a career in music. "My parents were upset and tried to talk me out of it," she writes in the book, published Sept. 17. "When it became apparent that they couldn't change my mind, my father went into the other room and returned with the Martin acoustic guitar that his father had bought in 1898. "When my father began singing as a young man, my grandfather had given him the instrument and said, ' Ahora que tienes guitarra, nunca tendrás hambre .' ('Now that you own a guitar, you will never be hungry.')