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The Gift of Giving - to Ourselves
by Evangelina Vela
a.gif As caregivers when we think of gifts at the holidays, we probably think of the obvious: a cure or treatment or healing for our loved ones. But, let's get selfish for just a minute and fantasize about what we want for ourselves. It's all in fun - for the holidays!
November is National Family Caregiver's Month
by Evangelina Vela
a.gif If you've been feeling overworked and underappreciated, here's your chance to let people know how you feel and to begin to feel honored. It's time to "Share the Caring"!
How to Handle the Insurance Flood
by Evangelina Vela
a.gif You're finally out of the hospital! You're getting used to the new daily, weekly, and monthly routines. All of a sudden, you notice that there is a lot more mail than there used to be. Envelopes that look like bills are arriving from Dr. So and So, Chemistry Lab, or City Medical Practice. Other strange envelopes are starting to show up with important sounding return addresses. Some may say, "Explanation of Benefits" on the outside. What does all this mean to you, the overworked caregiver?
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Neural Stem Cells Can Develop into Functional Neurons
A new study done at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and at The Salk Institute shows that adult stem cells can become working brain cells. The investigators said that these cells (neurons) seem to be exactly like normal adult neurons. One difference was that the stem cell derived neurons did not have as many synapses, or connections, as normal neurons. They are not sure whether this anomaly is due to the adult stem cells which they used or to a fault in the experiment protocol. Much more study will be required before it is known whether adult stem cells can be used as effectively as embryonic stem cells in treating cases of damage to the brain and nervous tissue.
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Transplant Drug "Protects Against Cancer"
Transplant patients have been found to be more likely to develop certain cancers. Cyclosporine, a common anti-rejection drug, has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. A new drug, rapamycin, seems to handle the anti-rejection qualities needed by transplant patients, and it also seems to control and prevent the growth of tumors in tests on mice.
BBC News
Alzheimer's Patients Get Lost From Motion Blindness
Disorientation in Alzheimer's patients may be due to more than the patient forgetting where he is going or where he lives. New evidence suggests that there is a part of the brain that detects self-movement. Patients seem to have lost function in this part of the brain and do not realize that they are moving. Therefore, they are surprised to find themselves in a different place, and they don't know how they got there.
Drug Transforms Life for Lung Patients
Tests with a new drug, tiotropium, have found that it not only improved lung function in COPD patients, it also reduced the number and severity of attacks that patients experienced. Researchers are still cautious about recommending this new drug, though, for the general population of lung patients.
BBC News
FDA Approves Leukemia Drug for Gastrointestinal Cancer
The serious cancer drug with the funny name is now approved for use against another type of cancer.
The Dallas Morning News/
Altered Images for Brain Damage Patients
Brain injury occasionally causes an unusual condition known as visual agnosia. This condition can cause people to have trouble recognizing faces, objects, or animals. For some, a family member may not be recognizable - until they speak or move! Others don't recognize familiar animals as real and believe that fantasy animals are real. Interesting photos of invented animals accompany the article.
BBC News
New Test Detects Colon Cancer Gene
A non-invasive test for colorectal cancer has been tested in a small group of patients. The test looks for mutations in a specific gene. These mutations are known to initiate the cancer, so finding evidence of them can lead to an early diagnosis while the cancer is more easily cured. While the percentages of mutations found in patients with the cancer are not high, the number of false positives was zero. This alone can make the test more attractive to those who may fear the results of tests.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute News
E. coli Could Provide Alzheimer's Clue
The same bacteria that cause food poisoning also produce plaque-forming amyloid fibers similar to those found in Alzheimer's patients. While this discovery gives researchers an easier way to study the amyloid production process, it also leads to some interesting questions, such as, can bacterial infection cause plaque formation?
BBC News

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Resources: see all links...
Cancer Counseling, Inc.
Cancer Counseling is a non-profit health-care agency that provides free professional counseling for cancer patients, their families, and friends.
Home Health Helper
This site explores Medicare, Medicaid, and what regulation changes mean to home health care and how we as caregivers or professionals can change them. Also, resources, tips and timesavers for home health care and support for burned out caregivers.
Latest studies, news, and information on Alzheimer's Disease for medical professionals as well as caregivers and the general public.
Resource for medical, legal, and financial information, as well as products and services and emotional support.
The Caregivers Advisory Panel (tm) - TCAP
TCAP is a healthcare market research and consulting firm that specializes in family caregiver research. By translating your needs, wants and opinions into meaningful information, TCAP helps to improve the lives of family caregivers. Make a difference.
Today's Caregiver Magazine
"America's Magazine for Family & Professional Caregivers"
National Family Caregivers Association - NFCA
NFCA is a national organization dedicated to supporting family caregivers and to speaking out for family caregivers' needs. Free membership for family caregivers. NFCA also sponsors National Family Caregivers Month every November.

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"There are only four kinds of people in this world - those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who need caregivers." --- Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter