Dementia cases expected to triple by 2050


Treating and caring for people with dementia currently costs the world more than US$ 604 billion per year.

Nearly 35.6 million people live with dementia worldwide. By 2030 this number is expected to double (65.7 million) and more than triple by 2050 (115.4 million). Dementia affects people in all countries, with more than half (58%) living in low- and middle-income countries. By 2050, this is likely to rise to more than 70%.

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MakH2OPak – disposable hydration system keeps patients orally hydrated


Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase 2011

MakH2OPak™ is a patent pending disposable oral hydration system for those with compromised health to proved access to fluids anytime, anyplace and from any position.. It’s a smart solution to keeping patients orally hydrated, while allowing caregivers a way to easily monitor and record the intake of fluids.  (Pics)

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Peer-to-Peer Healthcare Widespread in U.S: Report

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The internet gives patients and caregivers access not only to information, but also to each other.

Many Americans turn to friends and family for support and advice when they have a health problem. This report shows how people’s networks are expanding to include online peers, particularly in the crucible of rare disease. Health professionals remain the central source of information for most Americans, but “peer-to-peer healthcare” is a significant supplement.


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Young Children With High-Quality Daycare See Lasting Benefits


Children in high-quality childcare scored slightly higher on measures of academic and cognitive achievement years later as teenagers.

Parents worried about putting very young children into daycare got some reassuring answers on Friday — children who have high-quality care see academic benefits lasting into high school.


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In an Aging Population, the Elderly are Taking Care of the Elderly


Antonia Antonaccio, 73, provides home care for Carmine Spino, 89, and his wife, Mary, 88.

One recent morning Antonia Antonaccio, a home care aide, got a call to help an elderly couple whose regular aide could not make it. The regular aide, who is 68 years old, had thrown out her back.  Ms. Antonaccio said she empathized. Sometimes her legs hurt from going up and down stairs. “But it’s nothing I pay attention to,” she said. “I don’t have the time.”

Ms. Antonaccio is 73.


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