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100 Awesome Instructional Videos for Your Health and Wellness

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Almost everyone has heard about ways they can improve their health and wellness, but sometimes everything just comes together more clearly when you see it in action. The following videos offer suggestions, demonstrations, and medical education to help you learn ways to keep yourself healthy or recover from illness. Covering topics like prevention of disease, disorders, good nutrition, healthy pregnancy and birth experience, and good mental health, these instructional videos will guide you to a longer, stronger life.

General Health Videos

These videos will help you find your natural energy, eliminate disease, learn the importance of standing up during the day, and more.

  1. Health and Society. This group of videos is based on lectures from Stanford physicians touching on research and treatment of a variety of disorders affecting society from cholesterol to parenting to sleep disorders.
  2. Health Matters. This video series was originally aired on PBS and touches on a variety of health treatment issues from better hearing to understanding your child’s health check-up.
  3. Mind & Body. Many people find they are able to change their physical health through visualization, self-hypnosis, meditation, massage, and more techniques that can affect the way a patient approaches her health and wellness.
  4. Unleashing Your Natural Energy. You don’t have to feel exhausted all day with these great tips to find your energy including connecting with others, mentally centering yourself, better nutrition, and more.
  5. Centenarian Secrets. Learn the secrets of those who live to see 100.
  6. Eliminating Disease. Find out what researchers are doing to help eliminate disease and help extend life.
  7. Stand up for your health. Discover the importance of getting out of your chair and moving around.
  8. Five Health Rules to Break. Learn which rules you can break and when to break them.
  9. 7 signs to a long life. Set up like a quiz show, this video describes Prevention magazine’s signs that you may live a longer life.

Preventing and Surviving Diseases and Disorders

From cancer to carpal tunnel syndrome, learn what you can do to prevent or recover from the many diseases and disorders profiled below.

  1. Cancer Supportive Care. These seven videos touch on everything from exercise during cancer treatment to managing fatigue to body image after breast cancer.
  2. What to Expect. Find out about breast cancer, mammograms, and what to expect, both mentally and physically, when it comes to breast cancer diagnoses.
  3. War on Cancer. This video chronicles the history of treating cancer and how we can go forward in the war on cancer.
  4. Preventing Alzheimer’s. Learn one thing you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s with this video.
  5. Detection and Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. Find out how you can go about getting an accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s–even in those younger than 65.
  6. Diabetes and the Eyes. Learn about the connection between diabetes and eye heath and how to maintain eye health if you have diabetes.
  7. What is Blood Pressure. Find out exactly what blood pressure is and why it’s important to your health.
  8. An Overview of Heart Disease. This video explains heart disease, diagnosis, and treatment options.
  9. Arthritis. Get an overview of hip arthritis as well as different types of treatment.
  10. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Find out what carpal tunnel syndrome is, how it affects your hand, and what you can do to treat this disorder.
  11. Colonoscopy. Learn the basics about a colonoscopy, why you may need one, and what you can expect during the procedure.
  12. High Cholesterol. Find out what high cholesterol means for you and how to treat or prevent it.
  13. Common Digestive System Conditions, Tests, and Procedures. Learn about how food is digested and the system that makes this happen, problems that can occur, and how to correct any issues.
  14. Is Restless Legs Syndrome Affecting Your Sleep?. Find out if your sleep problems may be a result of Restless Legs Syndrome.
  15. Help for Crohn’s Sufferers. Learn about this new medication that can help relieve the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease.
  16. Detecting Acid Reflux. Discover if your symptoms are really due to acid reflux with this new diagnostic tool that is easier and more comfortable.
  17. Seizure-alert dogs give new freedom to epilepsy sufferers. Service dogs can provide a new life for those living with epilepsy.

Allergy and Asthma

Whether you or a loved one suffers from allergies, asthma, or both, you can find medical advice and relief from these videos.

  1. New Allergy Drops. This video describes new allergy drops that may replace allergy shots for allergy sufferers.
  2. Knocking Out Allergic Asthma. Learn how you can find relief if you suffer from allergic asthma.
  3. New Ideas for Chronic Sinusitis. Find out about the causes of sinus problems and some new treatments to help alleviate your suffering.
  4. Environmental Allergens and Immune System. Discover the link between exposure to environmental allergens and how is can boost your immune system.
  5. Early Asthma Detection. Doctors have a new device to help diagnosis asthma in young children.
  6. Heating Up Asthma. Learn how researchers are working on a no-drug treatment for asthma.
  7. Acupuncture for Allergies. Find out how acupuncture can help relieve your allergy suffering with this video.
  8. Pets and Allergies. While many people with allergies shudder at the thought of a cat or dog in the house, learn how having pets can actually help prevent allergies.
  9. Allergy tests. Discover what happens during an allergy test so you can be informed before your test.
  10. Food Allergy or Food Intolerance?. Learn the difference between lactose intolerance and a dairy allergy.
  11. The Food Allergy Project. Parents with no food allergies who have children with life-threatening food allergies explore why this phenomenon is happening.

Nutrition

Eating right is something everyone should do, but it’s not always so easy. From reconfiguring the diet on the go to avoiding the freshman 15 to better holiday eating, these videos will help you learn how to eat better.

  1. Caffeine OD. Learn about the use of caffeine and how many people are getting too much caffeine as well as why too much caffeine is not healthy.
  2. Calorie Labeling. A new potential law will require restaurants with more than 15 locations to list the calories in their foods. Find out the health and business implications of this law.
  3. Soda Free Summer. This video tells about how these San Francisco children forego soda for the summer–and why.
  4. Men and Beer Guts. Find out why men’s spare tire may put them at risk for many other health problems and how to determine if you need to lose the belly.
  5. Eat Slowly. Slow down and enjoy your food and not only will you appreciate your meal, but you will be less likely to gain extra weight.
  6. Menu Makeover. Professionals help busy mothers learn how to make healthier choices when eating on the go.
  7. Snacking Study. Many gravitate to an unhealthy snack even when they are concerned with eating better.
  8. Freshman 15. The idea that students gain 15 pounds when they begin college doesn’t have to be a reality. Learn how to prevent that weight gain with this video.
  9. Healthy Holidays. Eating too much during the holidays is not a new phenomena. Learn how you can better manage your eating during the holidays.
  10. Recipes with Pomegranate Punch. Learn how to easily use this super-nutritious fruit in your diet to get its health benefits.
  11. Foods to Avoid with Drugs. Some foods can limit the effects of your medications. Find out what foods to avoid if you are taking specific medications.
  12. Importance of Good Nutrition. Find out why you should care about what you eat with this video.
  13. Nutrition and Osteoporosis. Learn the risks for osteoporosis and what you can eat to make your bones healthier and stronger.

Fitness

From senior yoga to exercises helping Parkinson’s patients, the following fitness videos will get you on your way to better health.

  1. Seniors Yoga. Find out about the trend of seniors who are learning to embrace the amazing benefits of yoga.
  2. Yoga. Learn about a new type of yoga utilizing anti-gravity techniques to learn a great exercise and fitness tool that does not stress the back.
  3. Female Muscles. After a break, women require more time to regain muscle strength than do men.
  4. Zumba Workout. Learn about this new fitness trend that combines music, movement, and having fun to get great results.
  5. Home Gyms. Find out how to create a great home gym for less than $300.
  6. Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease. Exercise can help alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms–sometimes better than medications can.
  7. Abdominal Crunch with Fitness Ball. Learn about the importance of core strengthening exercises and how to do an abdominal crunch with your fitness ball.
  8. Forearm stretches and wrist stretches for the office. Get some great stretches you can perform during your next coffee break.
  9. How to choose resistance tubing. This fitness tool is gaining lots of popularity. Find out how to choose the right one for you.
  10. Self Shape Fitness Video Series. Download several stretching videos here to help get yourself into shape.
  11. Squat. Learn about the benefits of doing squats and how to do it properly.

Pregnancy and Birth

Pregnancy and birth is an exciting time for most women, but can be filled with the unknown too. Learn from these videos to ensure a beautiful experience for you.

  1. What is Amniocentesis?. Learn what an amniocentesis is, how it is performed, and reasons for doing the procedure.
  2. Forty Fertility. Men have become the subject of fertility problems in the study documented on this video.
  3. Acupuncture Fertility. Find out how acupuncture can increase fertility in women.
  4. Yeast Infections and Pregnancy: A Cause for Concern. Before you begin treating a yeast infection while pregnant, watch this video about why you should talk with your care provider first.
  5. Pregnancy Exercise. Find out why exercise during pregnancy and just after giving birth is good both physically and mentally.
  6. Depression’s Effect on Pregnant Women. Depression can affect pregnant women. Learn why you should combat depression to prevent preterm delivery.
  7. Childbirth. Learn about the process of childbirth, what to expect, and complications that may arise.
  8. Cesarean Section. This instructional video describes the procedure and how it affects you and your baby.
  9. Vaginal Birth After C-Section (VBAC). Find out about the VBAC procedure and the benefits, differences, and risks involved in this type of birth.
  10. Fetal Ultrasound. See an example of a fetal ultrasound along with the description so you might know what to expect during your ultrasound.
  11. The Epidural Block. Learn about this common pain relief procedure used during childbirth.

Childhood Health

From ADHD to autism to teen suicide, these videos will help you detect, prevent, and learn about many health concerns for children.

  1. Think Your Child May Have ADHD? Learn More. Find out what to look for in your child and how to get the help you need.
  2. ADHD in the Family. Learn about the possible genetic connection and how families share ADHD traits.
  3. Children and Research. While this video is specifically directed at parents who are considering allowing their child to be a part of a medical research program, it provides an excellent overview of child research and why it is important.
  4. Dry Drowning. This phenomena has just recently been getting the attention it deserves. Find out how a child can drown after he has left the pool.
  5. What is Autism?. Watch these videos from Autism Speaks to learn all about autism.
  6. Autism Show. Find out about this show that reaches out to autistic children and how it works to help those on the autism spectrum.
  7. ‘Autism’s False Profits’. Watch this video that profiles a recent book that warns parents away from treatments for autism that may lead parents away from the truly helpful treatments.
  8. Pediatric Cancer. This video describes a study that looks at the occurrence of pediatric cancer by geographic location in the US.
  9. Teen Suicide: Too Young to Die. Learn about the recent increase in teen suicide, warning signs, and prevention in this webcast every parent should watch.
  10. Teen Sleep. There is a connection between lack of sleep and high blood pressure in teens. Find out about more in this video.
  11. Stressed Students. Therapy in schools? Learn how some schools are using therapy to relax students during their busy school days.
  12. Spotting Allergies in Kids. Find out if your child’s health problems may be a result of allergies with this video.
  13. Identifying Learning Problems. Learn about a new diagnostic tool to help discover processing problems in children that contribute to learning problems.
  14. Grandparents putting children’s lives at risk. Many well-intentioned grandparents rely on out-of-date parenting techniques than may put their grandchildren at risk.
  15. Detecting Hearing Loss in Infants. Learn the importance of early hearing loss detection and why having screen procedures available is necessary.

Mental Health

The mind/body connection is a strong one. These videos will help you learn ways to keep yourself mentally fit as well as physically healthy.

  1. Causes of Depression. Learn about the potential causes of depression and how factors contribute to depression.
  2. The Brain and Its Chemicals. Get the basics on how the brain works with this instructional video.
  3. Women and Stress. Women have high stress levels that lead to unhealthy practices. Find ways to combat those stress-related behaviors.
  4. Adult Orphans: Coping with the Loss of a Parent. This webcast discusses the reality of losing a parent when you an adult.
  5. Survivor Stress. Cancer survivors may be at risk for more depression and anxiety.
  6. Psychosis: Early Warning Signs. Learn how to spot the signs that your friends or loved-ones may be developing a psychosis.
  7. Pediatric Anxiety. Find out how you recognize anxiety in your child and what to do in this world where anxiety seems to be increasing for so many.
  8. Body Dysmorphic Disorder–A Serious Disease. Agonizing over how you look may be more than just a vanity issue. Learn about this serious disorder than can significantly impact your life.
  9. Balancing Bipolar Disorder. Learn about bipolar disorder as well as therapies that can help patients live a more balanced life.
  10. The Impact of a Supportive Family. The impact of a supportive family can bring amazing results to women suffering from mental health issues and their children as well.
  11. Nurture Your Soul–Create a Happy, Healthy Life. Use this ocean wave meditation video to help find your happy place during a stressful day.
  12. Art therapy for stress management. Get these suggestions from the Mayo Clinic on how to reduce stress through specific art activities that do not require expensive equipment.
  13. Need to relax? Take a break to meditate. Use these simple instructions to find your inner calm anywhere.

Nursing Assistants in a Recession

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Nursing assistants play a valuable role in our society although they have long gone unrecognized over the years.  With more and more patients opting for at-home treatment to get away from the dismal sights of hospital life, nursing assistants have found more job opportunities in an economy that has seen so many other opportunities shrivel up.  Additionally, nursing assistants have become the “eyes and ears” of nurses who are too busy to spend a lot of time with their patients. 

Nursing assistants provide basic bed care to patients all while under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.  While they have limits in their responsibilities, nursing assistants provide a basic standard of care to their patients and ensure that they are taken care of when nurses cannot focus on one out of twenty at a time.  The medical community has remained a vital part of the economy in recent months as it is one of the only industries that still needs hundreds of positions filled.  Additionally, rather than suffering through years of medical school, nursing assistants only require minimal training.  While they do not make as much as registered nurses, it is still a glimpse into the health industry to ensure this is what you want to do with your life.

Some hospitals have experienced cutbacks due to the over-experience of many of its staff and simply over-booking nurses and doctors.   These cutbacks have resulted in less nurses available in hospitals and therefore a higher ratio of nurse to patient.  Nursing assistants do not require as much funding as nurses and are therefore the perfect solution to the problem: they can stay at the patient’s bedside and still remain within hospital budgets.  Additionally, nursing assistants still pay more than minimum-wage and have the opportunity to move up in the hospital ranks if you earn additional administrative degrees (such as a Masters in Public Health or Health Administration).

Nursing is a career which is much less glamorous than television has idealized it to be through shows like ER and Grey’s Anatomy. Therefore, becoming a nursing assistant is the perfect way to ensure this is the field you want to go into.  In this type of economy especially, you do not want to risk years and money in school for a career which you will end up hating.  Therefore, nursing assistants are a valuable career both for hospitals and for many students who are uncertain of a future in medicine. 

100 Sites and Support Resources for Hospice Workers and Nurses

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If you’re a nurse or worker in a hospice, you know that your profession comes with special needs (not just a lifetime supply of Cherokee Workwear Scrubs) and emotions. There are a number of websites out there that recognize this need, and offer help and support to those who need it. Read on, and you’ll find 100 sites and resources that can help you get the support that you need.

Resource Sources

Use these websites as a jumping off point to finding resources.

  1. Hospicenet: Visit Hospicenet to get useful resources that will help you and your patients face life threatening illnesses.
  2. Family Care Navigator: Through the Family Care Navigator, you can find support programs and resources throughout the US.
  3. About Palliative Care: About’s section on palliative care offers lots of advice and resources.
  4. Hospice Resources: Find jobs, information, and vendors for hospice workers through this site.
  5. The Caregiver Resource Center: Follow this step by step guide to the aging process and you’ll find lots of resources and information for caregiving.
  6. Suite 101: Caregiver Support: Check out Suite 101 to find resources and support for caregiving.

Organizations

In these organizations, you can find lots of support and information for specific illnesses, hospice patients, and much more.

  1. American Cancer Society: Those who work with cancer patients will find a world of helpful resources on this American Cancer Society’s site.
  2. American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry: In this national association, you’ll find support for the field of geriatric psychiatry.
  3. National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare: The organizations in this council provide treatment and rehabilitation for mentall illnesses and other disorders.
  4. Family Caregiving Alliance: Help families who provide caregiving find resources through this alliance.
  5. National Funeral Directors Association: The NFDA offers useful resources and information for funeral directors and those involved in funerals.
  6. Americans for Better Care of the Dying: This organization works to ensure that every American can have good care at the end of their lives.
  7. Hospice Foundation of America: The Hospice Foundation supports those who work in hospices.
  8. National Organization for Empowering Caregivers: The NOFEC provides education and support to caregivers.
  9. National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers: Find support for elder care through this association.
  10. Elderberry Institute: The Elderberry Institute supports local living caregivers.
  11. Alzheimer’s Foundation of America: Through this group, you can find services and resources for patients with Alzheimer’s.
  12. American Society on Aging: Read this society’s publications, join conferences, and enjoy seminars through this website.
  13. Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses: This association supports nurses that work in pediatric oncology.
  14. National Family Caregivers Association: Caregivers can find resources, organizations, and more through this association.
  15. American Nurses Association: Join this association to be a part of the largest professional organization for registered nurses in the US.
  16. American Hospice Foundation: The American Hospice Foundation supports the needs of the terminally ill and those who grieve them.
  17. Bereaved Parents of the USA: Find help in this support group for bereaved parents and family members.
  18. Hospice Patients Alliance: This consumer advocacy group supports serving hospice patients properly.
  19. Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care: This alliance cares for more than 300,000 elderly and disabled patients each year, and offers lots of news, information, and reports about the field.
  20. Cancer Care: Cancer Care provides support for families with cancer, as well as caregivers.
  21. Association for Death Education & Counseling: ADEC works to improve death education, counseling, and caregiving.
  22. Children’s Hospice International: This organization offers assistance, research and education relating to children with life threatening conditions.
  23. Funeral Consumers Alliance: Find support for death and funerals through this organization.
  24. Compassion & Choices: This nonprofit organization offers resources for improving care and choices at the end of life.
  25. American Medical Association: The AMA offers resources and information for diseases and death.
  26. ALS Association: In this association, you’ll find resources for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gherig’s disease.
  27. American Heart Association: Find resources for preventing heart disease on this website.
  28. National Alliance for Caregiving: Find information and research related to caregiving through this organization.
  29. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine: The AAHPM is a group of physicians and other medical professionals that support the work of caregivers is hospices and beyond.
  30. American Liver Foundation: The American Liver Foundation works to prevent, treat, and conquer diseases of the liver and gallbladder.
  31. American Pain Society: If you care for those who suffer from chronic pain, you can find support through this group.
  32. American Lung Association: The American Lung Association is dedicated to preventing lung disease, specifically asthma.
  33. American Brain Tumor Association: The ABTA addresses brain tumors, treatment, and coping with them.
  34. Palliative Dementia Care Resources: The Polisher Research Institute shares resources for dementia caregivers on this site.
  35. Hospice and Palliative Care in Alzheimer’s Disease: Check out this resource to learn about caring for patients with Alzheimer’s.

Information Sources

Here you can find lots of information on caregiver support.

  1. CareSearch: Search for palliative care and evidence on this site.
  2. Caring Connections: Through Caring Connections, you can find resources for planning ahead.
  3. Nursing Degrees Guide: This website has a variety of informational ‘resource type’ articles about topics like ob nursing careers and more.
  4. Resources for Aging: This guide offers education and information for elder care, caregiving, and senior issues.
  5. Center for Social Work Leadership Evidence Database: Through this database, you’ll be able to find research and innovations in palliative and hospice care.
  6. Catholic Charities Caregivers Support Services: Through this resource, you can find help as a caregiver.
  7. Caregivers-USA: Visit this directory to find support services for caregivers throughout the nation.
  8. Home Instead: Through Home Instead, you can learn how end of life care can be managed at home.

Guides & Articles

Follow these guides and articles for lots of useful advice.

  1. Catering for Older Vegetarians and Vegans: Read this guide to learn helpful information for providing meals to people who are vegans and vegetarians.
  2. MedlinePlus: MedlinePlus offers resources for coping, dealing with specific conditions, and more.
  3. Tips on Eating Well as You Get Older: Help your patients eat better with this resource.
  4. Medication Management: With this resource, you can have an easier time staying on top of patient medications.
  5. Financial Steps for Caregivers: What You Need to Know about Money and Retirement: Ensure that your financial house is in order while you are caring for others.
  6. Eligibility for Public Benefits: Learn more about eligibility for public benefits through this useful resource.
  7. Fall Prevention: Visit this resource to find information and tools for preventing patient falls.
  8. Caregiving in Rural America: This resource will help you learn about the need for rural caregives.
  9. Dying Well: The Prospect for Growth at the End of Life: Ira Byock shares thoughts for improving the end of life in this essay.

Grief Support

Find help dealing with grief through these resources.

  1. Grief Healing: This website provides thoughts and resources for overcoming grief.
  2. GriefNet: Join this community to find support groups and other resources for grief.
  3. GROWW: This website offers online grief recovery.
  4. Center for Loss & Life Transition: This center and its bookstore and website offer support and resources for those who are grieving death.

Family Caregiving

If your patients receive supplemental care from their families, these resources may be helpful.

  1. Family Caregiver Support: State Facts at a Glance: In this report, you’ll learn about family caregivers in each of the 50 states.
  2. Caregivers Count Too: An Online Toolkit to Help Practitioners Assess the Needs of Family Caregivers: Help family caregivers by evaluating their needs with this resource.
  3. Children of Aging Parents: This resource offers helpful information for those who care for aging parents.
  4. Economic Value of Family Caregiving: Read this report to find out just how much family caregivers help.
  5. The State of the States in Family Caregiver Support: A 50-State Study: Read this study to learn more about family caregivers throughout the US.
  6. Ten Tips for Caregiving Families: Read this article to get tips for future planning.

Policy and Government

Learn how policy and government impacts your livelihood, and find out what you can do about it.

  1. Retirement Policy: Learn more about Social Security, pensions, long-term care and more as they relate to federal budgets through this resource.
  2. Local Services Plan Guidelines for Mental Hygiene Services: Find out how state agencies are working to improve resources for hospices and caregivers in this resource.
  3. US Living Will Registry: This resource offers management of advance health care directives.

Tools

Put these tools to work for better information and care.

  1. Personal Medical Problem List: Make use of this list to keep your patient’s most essential information handy whenever needed.
  2. Long Term Care Link: Through Long Term Care Link, you can arrange long term care.
  3. Care Planner: This site can help your patient determine the best living option for them.
  4. A Place for a Mom: Use this website to find elder care just about anywhere.
  5. Elder Care Locator: Use this service to find assistance from state and local agencies.

Community

Join these communities to get support and camaraderie from other hospice workers and caregivers.

  1. Empowering Caregivers: Join this site to find information, message boards, humor and more for caregivers.
  2. ElderCare Online: In this community, you’ll find resources including a forum, articles, and newsletters.

Blogs & Publications

Get the latest information and insightful thoughts from these blogs and magazines.

  1. The Healthy Caregiver: This magazine offers resources for elder care to professional and family caregivers.
  2. Seniormag: Caregiver’s Handbook: Use this publication to find information and resources for caregiver support.
  3. Stride Magazine: Check out Stride magazine, and you’ll find lots of helpful information for caregivers.
  4. Hospice and Caregiving Blog: This blog offers stories and articles about the end of life experience.
  5. Today’s Caregiver: This magazine and website is all about supporting caregivers.
  6. The New Old Age: On this blog, you’ll read first hand accounts from people who are caring for family members.

Advice & Support

Turn to these websites and resources for excellent advice and support.

  1. Transitions Elder Care Consulting: With Transitions, you’ll find a guide to elder caregiving, a support forum, assessment tools, tips, and more.
  2. Alexandra Kennedy: Alexandra’s website offers advice and resources for those who are grieving.
  3. The Eldercare Team: The Eldercare team offers information and support for those who are caring for elders.
  4. Counseling for Loss and Life Changes: This doctor’s website follows the stages of grief and more.
  5. Full Circle of Care: In this resources, caregivers of older adults can make informed decisions and find assistance.
  6. Age Wise Living: With Age Wise Living, you can find counseling and information for aging patients.
  7. Help4Caregivers: Through this website, you can find information, resources, and referrals.
  8. NetofCare: Through the Net of Care, you can learn how to be a better caregiver to yourself and your patients.
  9. Crisis, Grief, and Healing: Use Webhealing to find books for grief, discussions, and more.
  10. Elder Care Advisors: Find advice, training, and more through this website.
  11. ElderWeb: ElderWeb offers lots of information for end of life care and care of the elderly.
  12. The ElderCare Resource Center: This resource center provides information and support for Alzheimer’s disease to patients and caregivers.
  13. Growth House: This website offers a handbook, blogs, forums, and more for death, grief, and more.
  14. CareGiving: Learn how to be a more effective caregiver and find support from this website.

Funeral Resources

Here you’ll find useful information for funeral planning.

  1. Final Passages: Final Passages offers information and resources for directing a family-run funeral.
  2. Crossings: Crossings is a great resource for anyone who is interested in a home funeral or green burial.

Gene-Searching May Be Trick to Curing Crohn’s

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Researching the cause of a condition as complex as Crohn’s disease can be frustrated for even the most seasoned researcher.  There are so many variables and possibilities it seems an almost insurmountable task.  But, there seems to be a light at the end of that tunnel, according to a recent article in Science-Centric News.  There is new technology available designed to help researchers with gene searching.

According to the article, “Using a novel approach that combines a statistical tool that identifies genes interacting on the same biological pathways with highly automated gene-hunting techniques that scan the whole genome, an international team of researchers has discovered new genes involved in Crohn’s disease.” 

This is some heady stuff when we start to consider the magnitude of this project.  It is no small feat to map an entire genome and once seemed an endless, and often impossible, task.  But, no more.

The biggest challenge with Crohn’s Disease is that many different genes come together to create a perfect storm, as such, and cause the disease.  The task just got exponentially more difficult.  Past research identified some of the stronger genes that influence the pronouncement of Crohn’s symptoms but could not identify the other weaker or ill-defined genes.  So, the elusive disease remained so a bit longer.

“Currently the workhorse of gene-hunting is genome-wide association (GWA), which uses automated analytic equipment to sweep through the full range of all 23 human chromosomes and detect the most significant gene variants associated with a given disease.  Those variants, each a change in a single DNA base, are called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).

However, individual GWA studies often do not have the statistical power to detect subtle but important variants that are involved in disease development.  By using an algorithm developed by Kai Wang, Ph.D., at the Centre for Applied Genomics, Hakonarson’s study team created a pathway-based approach that seeks out interacting or related genes along the same biological pathway.”

With greater identification of the various genetic influencers for Crohn’s, researchers are able to adopt more effective drug protocols, which improve the patient’s quality of life and their long-term prognosis.  It also means more complex diseases will benefit from this research and the tools being used to help better treat Crohn’s.

 

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