Managing Nursing Home Infections

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine recently published an article regarding the progress and challenges in managing nursing home infections. The article states that infections are one of the leading causes of death and hospitalization for residents in post-acute and long-term care settings. With the aging population, increasing complexity of care and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, …

C-Diff and Dr. Adkins and Keto

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Low carb, high protein diets are all the rage today, especially with 40-60 year old adults in the United States. The jury is out regarding the long-term efficacy of these diets for maintaining weight loss however in a study published in the University of Nevada news center found that “extreme diets are becoming very popular however we do not know …

Neurological Damage – COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health, News, Studies

In a recent review published on June 8, 2020 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, a three-stage classification of the impact of COVID-19 on the central nervous system was identified. The review recommends hospitalized patients with the virus undergo MRI to flag potential neurologic damage and inform post-discharge monitoring. The stages include: Viral damage is limited to epithelial cells of …

Is the Cup Half Empty or Half Full?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Okay so we all know those family members and friends who are always doom and gloom right? The cup is half empty syndrome! Well it may be the perfect time to talk to them about the most recent study that identifies pessimism as not only a bummer but may also contribute to a decrease in cognitive function! Not only that …

Using Technology to Identify COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health, News, Studies

As with all science, new and old, there are flaws; there is no perfect science. While we navigate through the science of the COVID-19 pandemic, many new and exciting ideas are emerging. Of course, researching these ideas takes time, sometimes many years and we really don’t have that much time. Fortunately, breakthroughs happen every day. A few innovative technologies arising …

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Creating “Social Bubbles”

Angie Szumlinski Health, News, Studies

Social isolation has many adverse effects on people and can negatively impact seniors as well as young people. Detriments of social isolation are not picky- it affects everyone! Due to this, there has been research on the idea of “Social Bubbles;” so what is a social bubble? Here are a few key points: A social bubble is when two families …

COVID-19 Greatest Risk for Elderly

Angie Szumlinski Health, News, Studies

Reports of atypical presentations of COVID-19 have been emerging as the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has grown across the globe. Atypical presenting features refer to patients where the constitutional or respiratory symptoms are absent or minimal and other non-respiratory symptoms or signs are early or predominant features. Studies have shown that the greatest risk factor for severe COVID-19 is increasing age, particularly …

Parkinson’s and Physical Activity

Angie Szumlinski News, Studies

It is no surprise to most of us that physical activity has long-lasting, positive effects on the human body. But a recent study published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease reaffirmed this long-standing belief. The study evaluated long-distance skiers and found that although their brains may have degenerative changes associated with Parkinson’s disease, they didn’t experience the physical symptoms usually …

COVID-19 Specimen Collection – A Win-Win?

Angie Szumlinski Health, News, Studies

COVID-19 Specimen Collection – A Win-Win? Everyone is talking about avoiding being tested for COVID-19 due to the technique used to obtain the specimen. True, it is not the most pleasant experience, but the good news is there may be an alternative to the nasopharyngeal swab! On June 3, 2020, the New England Journal of Medicine reported a study on …

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Masks: So Many Choices- Which is Best?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

In a study published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) on June 30, 2020, they discussed different types of masks and their effectiveness at preventing droplet spread. It was noted that although masks may help mitigate the risk of spreading infection via respiratory droplets, there are no specific guidelines on mask materials and designs. The study …