Category: End-Of-Life Diseases

Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy

Overview Muscular dystrophy is a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. In muscular dystrophy, abnormal genes (mutations) interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle. There are many different kinds of muscular dystrophy. Symptoms of the most common variety begin in childhood, mostly in boys. Othermore>>

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Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

By Patricia Silva, PhD. An autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) results when the body’s immune system starts to attack and destroy myelin, the protecting coating on nerve fibers in the brain and/or spinal cord of the central nervous system. Attacks on the myelin sheath cause it to become inflamed in small patches (called plaques or lesions), and the inflammation disruptsmore>>

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Six Warning Signs a Stroke is Coming — Summary and Video

Six Warning Signs a Stroke is Coming — Summary and Video

Summary of this seven minute video: – Many people who suffer from a stroke receive treatment, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, and will eventually recover to some degree. Unfortunately, some patients will not recover, depending on the severity of the stroke. Some will eventually pass away after suffering from a stroke. Patients must tolerate years ofmore>>

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What type of terminal illnesses does hospice treat?

What type of terminal illnesses does hospice treat?

It is a common Myth that hospice is only for patients with cancer.  Even though hospice patients are certified to have a 6 month prognosis, studies have shown that life expectancy is over-estimated no matter what the terminal diagnosis. Studies also show that patients who are admitted earlier rather than later to hospice care live longermore>>

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Type 2 Diabetes and Life Expectancy

Type 2 Diabetes and Life Expectancy

By Jennifer Huizen Reviewed by Deborah Weatherspoon, PhD, RN, CRNA Diabetes can have serious health implications that affect life expectancy. The impact depends on various factors, such as how soon a person receives a diagnosis and treatment, and how well they and their healthcare team manage the condition. Other influential factors include the severity andmore>>

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to two long-term lung diseases — chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD makes it hard for you to breathe. Emphysema (which damages air sacs in your lungs) Chronic Bronchitis (ongoing inflammation in the tubes that bring air to your lungs)  Tubes called airways carry air into and out of your lungs. If you have COPD,more>>

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a nervous system disease that attacks nerve cells called neurons in your brain and spinal cord. These neurons transmit messages from your brain and spinal cord to your voluntary muscles – the ones you can control, like in your arms and legs. ALS is the most common type of motormore>>

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Huntington’s Disease: A Caregiver’s Guide

Huntington’s Disease: A Caregiver’s Guide

by Frances Maguire Paist Those afflicted with what is sometimes also called Huntington’s chorea eventually can’t walk or communicate the way they once did. They need help eating and drinking and even toileting and become dependent on others for almost everything. But a deeper read promises heartbreak that only the caregivers of those with thismore>>

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What’s New With HIV and AIDS?

What’s New With HIV and AIDS?

Explaining HIV and AIDS By Adam Felman Reviewed by Daniel Murrell, M.D.  HIV is a virus that targets and alters the immune system, increasing the risk and impact of other infections and diseases. Without treatment, the infection might progress to an advanced disease stage called AIDS. However, modern advances in treatment mean that people living withmore>>

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Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer

 Bladder cancer is one of the most common cancers, affecting approximately 68,000 adults in the United States each year. Bladder cancer occurs in men more frequently than it does in women and usually affects older adults, though it can happen at any age.Bladder cancer most often begins in the cells (urothelial cells) that line themore>>

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