Just as Alzheimer's disease is unique in each affected person, so are your children when it comes to discussions about the illness.What you say to them and how you explain the disease process depends on their ages and levels of comprehension.If they are too young to understand the biology of the disease, talk about illnesses with which they are familiar, such as chicken pox or measles. Explain that while these illnesses have physical signs, Alzheimer's is a sickness in the brain that no one can see. You can add that this illness can make people forget or sometimes get angry, but reassure them that their grandparent doesn't mean to act that way. Reinforce that it's OK for them to be sad or angry, and also make sure they know.Reassure your children that no one caused the disease. There are children's books available that illustrate the disease process in a simple, age-related ways which might give your children. Some titles are: "What's Happening to Grandpa?" by Maria Shriver; "Nice to … [Read more...] about Alzheimer’s Q&A: How can you help children understand what’s happening to a grandparent with Alzheimers?
How young can you get chicken pox
Measles is back. German measles and chickenpox will undoubtedly follow unless more people vaccinate their children. Some think they are “innocuous childhood diseases”, but if you had ever seen a child who was very sick with any of these vaccine-preventable diseases, you would know better. In 1977, I was a brand-new doctor training to be a pediatrician. A 12-year-old girl came in with the classic rash of chickenpox, a “dew drop on a rose petal,” and a high fever. I was about to send her home, because there was no treatment for chickenpox, when her parents told me she had cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis affects about 30,000 Americans who inherit a single impaired gene. Patients cannot handle the very thick mucus that develops in the lungs, especially from infections. This particular child developed pneumonia as a consequence of contracting chickenpox. For the next 8 weeks as she slowly became weaker and weaker, all we could do was to try and make her comfortable … [Read more...] about How bad is measles? Pediatrician who has seen it kill patients implores vaccinating
By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Updated 3:01 pm CST, Friday, February 1, 2019 A sign posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., warns patients and visitors of a measles outbreak. A measles outbreak near Portland, Ore., has revived a bitter debate over so-called personal belief exemptions to childhood vaccinations. Four percent of Washington secondary school students have non-medical vaccine exemptions. less A sign posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., warns patients and visitors of a measles outbreak. A measles outbreak near Portland, Ore., has revived a bitter debate over so-called personal belief ... more Photo: Gillian Flaccus, AP Photo: Gillian Flaccus, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 A sign posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., … [Read more...] about Anti-vaxxer asks how she can keep her unimmunized daughter safe. The Internet has some ideas.
Vaccine Preventable Diseases Most young people in the United States have not lived through different scourges associated with vaccine preventable diseases. This is why we often forget the important role vaccines play in preventing diseases. Even though we have vaccines available to prevent diseases such as Measles, Mumps, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), and Varicella (Chicken Pox), these diseases could emerge again if individuals do not protect themselves with vaccination. Always remember that with vaccination, you are not just protecting yourself, but you are protecting others around you. People who are unable to be vaccinated against diseases, such as immunocompromised individuals, need to be protected by the ‘buffer’ of individuals who have been vaccinated against diseases. Today, we would like to discuss vaccine preventable diseases. 1. Measles was officially eliminated in the US in 2000. However, measles has made it back to the US because individuals are not taking special … [Read more...] about Vaccine Preventable Diseases
HEALTH 08/01/2018 11:24 pm ET Staffers have long-warned that the Victorville federal complex was ill-equipped to handle the influx from ICE. By Lauren Weber A controversial federal prison complex in Victorville, California, that is currently housing roughly 800 immigration detainees despite infectious disease outbreaks and workers’ concerns about inadequate medical care, is now facing another danger: Detainees at risk of dying by suicide. In the last week, one detainee has tried to kill himself, saying he was terrified he would be deported back to Cuba. Another was put on suicide watch after staffers noticed he couldn’t stop crying, according to multiple staff members who requested anonymity to protect their jobs after employees were told not to speak to the press. This was the first suicide attempt and suicide watch for detainees at Victorville. Prison workers had been warning since the detainees’ arrival that inadequate staffing and the resulting … [Read more...] about Detainee Attempts Suicide After Trump Administration Jams Migrants Into Troubled Prison