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131216OSMtravelallergiesWe frequently get calls from patients who’ve either lost or forgotten medications when they are traveling. If you suffer from allergies and asthma, consider these six tips before you head out on vacation:

1. See your physician: Before you go on that well-deserved trip, see your physician and let him or her know your travel destination. Discuss concerns you might have, especially if you know you are going to be exposed to something you are allergic to, such as a friend’s cat or dog. Your doctor may be able to provide helpful advice.


131203AlzheimersPhoto-1As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Shay Reandeau spent years helping patients through the toughest moments in their lives. Today, friends and family are returning the favor.

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease five years ago, Shay gave up her mental health practice and committed to facing her disease head on.


1311dementiapostII-1What is dementia?
Dementia is a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. Although there are many potential causes of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type. When we age and become forgetful, it is common to wonder what is normal and what is not. There are early and progressive symptoms that can indicate the potential onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

How many people have Alzheimer’s disease, and when does it begin?
It is estimated that 5.4 million Americans had Alzheimer’s disease in 2012. This includes 5.2 million people older than 65 and 200,000 people younger than 65. The likelihood of having Alzheimer’s disease increases with age. One in eight individuals older than 65, or 13 percent, has Alzheimer’s disease. And nearly half of people older than 85, or 45 percent, have Alzheimer’s disease. Because women in the United States generally live longer than men, women are more likely to develop this form of dementia.


131028dementia1If you find yourself using a lot of sticky notes to remember your to-dos, you’re not alone. As we age, it is not uncommon for people to experience memory lapses that may get more frequent and frustrating. Understanding different types of memory loss and normal memory loss that comes with aging may reduce any anxiety or frustration you may have.

What are normal memory changes as we age?
Thinking, also known as cognitive function, changes with age. Though there is variability across people, let’s explore the general trends.


131015JohnHillmanPatientActivePic13John Hillman was driving home one evening from his job as a firefighter when his breathing became labored. His lungs struggled for every breath. By late evening, he was in intensive care. That was 1995. He was 47 years old.

None of his doctors knew what caused his first asthma attack. He had never suffered from a respiratory condition in his 20 years as a firefighter. After that first — and a subsequent — asthma attack, John ended up missing work for nine months, and eventually left the field after 21 years.

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