DEAR DOCTOR: How does someone know they're dehydrated? I'm worried because my husband swears he drinks "tons" of water, but as best I can tell, he doesn't have more than a glass or so per day, even when it's really hot. He's very active and he's always got headaches, which he blames on air quality, and he's often tired. How can I persuade him to drink more water? DEAR READER: Hydration can be a tricky thing. Unlike hunger, which triggers physical signals that are pretty robust, the signs of thirst can be more subtle and easier to ignore. However, drinking enough water is crucial to both physical and mental well-being. The adult human body is made up of 60 percent water. It's the main component of our cells and tissues; it's the environment that makes the various transport systems within our bodies possible, and it plays an essential role in the various chemical and electrical processes that keep us alive and healthy. That means we have to continuously replace the water we lose each day … [Read more...] about Ask the Doctors: Dehydration takes a mental, physical toll
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/EIN News/ -- Bolingbrook, Aug. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ATI Physical Therapy (ATI), one of the nation’s largest providers of physical therapy, is offering patients guidance on how to navigate the new process for directly accessing physical therapy services under a new Illinois law signed August 16, 2018, by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The Illinois Physical Therapy Practice Act allows patients to seek physical therapy without a prescription from a healthcare professional. Until now, Illinois residents were required to have a referral from a physician, dentist, podiatric physician, advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant. As of August 16, 2018, patients in Illinois can go directly to an ATI clinic or an Illinois-licensed physical therapist for evaluation and treatment. Illinois becomes the 27th state to allow direct access to physical therapy. “ATI believes that this new law is an important first step in Illinois to bring the state on par with … [Read more...] about ATI Physical Therapy Offers Guidance as Illinois Expands Access to Physical Therapy
Marijuana may now be legal in Massachusetts, but driving under its influence is still strictly prohibited. Some states that years ago legalized the drug for recreational use, such as Colorado and Washington, have seen increases in auto fatalities involving marijuana-impaired drivers, but the problem and data are complex. With retail stores able to open in July, Massachusetts regulators are grappling with how to prevent — and crack down on — high drivers, which isn’t as simple as it may seem. What does Massachusetts law say about driving and marijuana, now that it’s legal in the state? Driving while under the influence of marijuana is illegal and remains punishable under the same state laws against getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking other drugs. The 2016 voter-approved law to legalize weed did nothing to change that. According to the Centers of Disease Control, the substance can slow reaction time and decision making, … [Read more...] about How will Massachusetts deal with marijuana-impaired driving?
What’s the best way to develop a healthy perspective on old age? Spend more time with elderly people and discover what brings meaning and pleasure to their twilight years despite the losses, both physical and social, they may have suffered.That’s what two authors of inspired and inspiring books about aging discovered and, happily, have taken the trouble to share with those of us likely to join the ranks of the “oldest old” in the not-too-distant future. Actually, the wisdom therein might be equally valuable for young and middle-aged adults who may dread getting old. To their detriment, some may even avoid interacting with old people lest their “disease” rub off on them.Too many in our youth-focused culture currently regard the elderly with fear or disdain and consider them costly consumers of resources with little to offer in return. Given the explosive pace of technology that often befuddles the elderly, they command little or no respect for the … [Read more...] about Finding meaning and happiness in old age
(CBS News) A new study shows that middle-aged and elderly men and women who suffer from depression may be at a higher risk of developing dementia. The results, published in the May 2012 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, showed that those who had depression symptoms in the later stages of life were 70 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who didn't have symptoms during that time. Resistance training may stave off dementia symptoms in seniors, research shows Daily physical activity protects against Alzheimer's, even in adults over 80 "Depression commonly occurs in individuals with cognitive impairment and dementia," the researchers wrote. "Although some studies have found that depression coincides with or follows the onset of dementia in older adults, most studies and several meta-analyses have concluded that depression precedes dementia and is associated with approximately a 2-fold increase in the risk of developing cognitive impairment or dementia." According … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Depression later in life may mean higher dementia risk