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health news: Canes and Walkers May Increase Fall Risk


Canes and Walkers May Increase Fall Risk

Many elderly people use canes and walkers to get around, but a new study reveals how dangerous these aids can be when used without proper training. Untrained users tend to drag the cane or walker, thus creating a dangerous gait pattern that increases the risk of falling. The study focused on 43 older adults in an assisted living facility and found that those using walking aids were nearly four times more likely to fall than those without aids. Experts recommend training individuals to use such devices as well as instructing them in balance recovery and gait exercises. More… Discuss

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Health: Hearing Loss Hinders Hospice Care


Hearing Loss Hinders Hospice Care

A new report on end-of-life care reveals that hearing loss is one of the most commonly overlooked medical concerns for hospice patients—and one of the most upsetting, as it can leave patients feeling isolated and alone. Eighty percent of Americans over age 85 having hearing impairments, but many of them do not have hearing aids because the devices can cost up to $3,500 each and are often not covered by health plans. Experts urge physicians and caregivers with hearing impaired patients to use small amplifying devices or work with charities that loan out hearing aids. More… Discuss

DON’T WORRY, THIS WON’T HURT A BIT


Don’t Worry, This Won’t Hurt a Bit

It is natural to want to reassure children during medical procedures, but it may be better to refrain from doing so. A study of children’s anxiety during dental visitssuggests that placating words from nurses actually raise their stress levels rather than lowering them. Comments like “Don’t worry; it won’t hurt” or “It’s not going to last much longer” distress children by drawing attention to the negative aspects of the treatment. Kids seem to do better when they receive praise instead. For example, if a child opens his or her mouth, the nurse could say, “Well done for opening your mouth wide!” More…Discuss