Blending and Sharing Family Traditions

Celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah, our family continues to find ways to share and blend our rituals. Some traditions are distinct, and we honor them separately: the candles that shine late into the evenings on our menorah; the tree of many colors whose fragrance fills the living room. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounds: Bleeding Severely?


For Severely Bleeding Wounds, Prepare the Victim for Treatment

Most people can handle cuts, scrapes, and puncture wounds without much trouble. But when wounds bleed severely, follow these emergency measures:
Call 911 or go to an emergency facility immediately. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping Elderly Patients Active, Part 2

Koltyn first did a pilot study in Texas using hand and ankle weights with the elderly. Among those who did the exercises, she found a significant increase in physical functioning and a decrease in pain in the course of doing daily activities. She then decided to look more closely at what was available to people in long-term care facilities and how much they actually participate in those programs — an effort she hopes will lead to more funding and maintenance of programs for older adults. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping Elderly Patients Active, Part 1

On a recent visit to the nursing home to see my 90-year-old mother, I brought a new blouse for her. It was wrapped and taped in tissue paper. As I handed it to her, I had to resist the temptation to rip off the paper, smooth out the blouse and hold it up for her to see. Read the rest of this entry »

What to Expect From Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy(MD) encompasses a wide range of diseases with distinct characteristics that are diagnosed from birth until adulthood. The following are a few. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Causing These Seizures? Part 2

But some survivors of physical or sexual abuse or trauma experience pseudoseizures, as do some people with dissociative disorders (most of whom report histories of severe abuse or trauma). Survivors may be experiencing flashbacks to past trauma, possibly even torture, in which they convulsed. (In such cases, the pseudoseizures might be an unconscious reenactment of the past convulsions.) Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Causing These Seizures? Part 1

Q.My wife has been suffering from seizures. They seemed to be related to epilepsy, and she has been hospitalized four times with no solution in sight. The seizures are atypical in duration and type, and her behavior before, during and after them is inconsistent with a seizure disorder. For example, her eyes remain normal and do not constrict or dilate. Read the rest of this entry »