Another Reason to Quit Smoking

Angie Szumlinski Studies

A recent age-adjusted analysis published in medrxiv.org, found that the only risk factors of lower Ab titres, (the titres that help protect from the COVID-19 virus) were being male and smoking cigarettes. The study also found that titres were significantly lower in current smokers than in ex-smokers. Now that over 60% of the population has been fully vaccinated, it might …

man with chronic pain

Osteoarthritis and You!

Angie Szumlinski Health

I don’t know about you but as I age, I am feeling the effects of the “Ritis Brothers,” yep arthritis! I was having a conversation with a friend the other day and commented that if I’m sitting on a flat surface like the floor, my hips just don’t work as well when I try to get up. Very sad indeed …

DASH Diet

Angie Szumlinski Health

Post-pandemic, everyone is dieting; we hear things like “I caught the 19,” meaning pounds not the virus! Yes, as we hunkered down and tried to stay sane, many of us turned to comfort foods, good wine, pizza, and anything that could be delivered to our doorsteps. Now we face the challenge of reintroducing healthy eating to our lifestyles. You may …

Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm Meeting Resistance

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Alzheimer’s is a horrible, debilitating disease that brings heartbreak and loss to way too many families. It is no wonder that drug manufacturers are working diligently to find a treatment. Sadly, many of the drug trials we have heard about have not been successful so imagine the excitement when Biogen announced they had a treatment option!

COVID-19 and Increased Medication Use

Angie Szumlinski Health, Medication

The pandemic has had a huge impact on all of us, but even more so for residents living in post-acute centers. We have all witnessed the loneliness, isolation, physical and mental declines and if that isn’t troubling enough, a recent study found a significant increase in residents receiving antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, trazodone hydrochloride, anticonvulsants, and opioids. If you think about …

Senior woman lifting weights

You Don’t Use it You Lose It

Angie Szumlinski Studies

We have all heard the old adage, maybe from your parents or grandparents, You Don’t Use it You Lose it, right? Well in an interesting article published in Medical Xpress, they found that although physical activity does positively impact people with depression, treatment with antidepressants is more effective long-term! Does that mean we should sit home and take medications instead …

Older Happy Americans

Cognitive Activity and Dementia

Angie Szumlinski Health

You know the old adage, an active body stays active? Well, what about an active mind? Will doing crossword puzzles, playing solitaire, being socially engaged, reading the newspaper, and engaging in activities that require you to “think” keep your mind healthy? According to some researchers, yes! They found that a cognitively active lifestyle in older age may delay the onset …

Multistate Outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia Infections Associated with Contaminated Ultrasound Gel

Angie Szumlinski Health

CDC is assisting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and several state and local health departments with an ongoing investigation of Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) infections in healthcare facilities. Patients have developed Bcc infections, including bloodstream infections, after likely having undergone ultrasound-guided procedures in which MediChoice® M500812 ultrasound gel was used. To read all updates, please click below: CDC Contaminated Ultrasound Gel Update

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Sniff Test!

Angie Szumlinski News, Studies

I remember when my children were young and they would pretend to be sick so they didn’t have to go to school, although to this day they deny it! I also remember, this may sound weird but, smelling their breath. Yes, I would smell their breath to see if they had something “cooking” in their throat or sinus. Honestly, 99% …

Autoimmune Disease and COVID

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

When COVID-19 became a worldwide pandemic, many medical experts worked night and day to identify exactly what the virus was, how it was spread, how to prevent the spread, how to treat the virus, and who is most at risk for negative outcomes related to the virus. Without a doubt, frail elderly people were identified as the highest risk and …