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Alzheimer's Q&A: What is meant by reversible dementia?

What is meant by reversible dementia? More than 50 conditions can cause or imitate the symptoms of dementia. A small percentage of dementias are reversible, meaning the symptoms subside and the underlying problem is treated. Traumatic head injuries, occurring from accidents, such as car wrecks or falls, assaults or from sports, such as boxing or… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: Is there screening for lung cancer?

Is there screening for lung cancer like there is for other cancers? There are screening guidelines for lung cancer, but they are for those considered high risk. The current guidelines recommend screening, via a spiral CT scan, for those at a high risk based on age and smoking history. Those individuals who should get screened… Continue reading →

Rice, gumbo, po-boys: Chef John Besh creates healthier versions of south Louisiana favorites

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Chef John Besh narrates while cooking healthy shrimp etouffee during a seminar on healthy cooking Thursday sponsored by the Baton Rouge General. BRGH dietician Teri Keller Johnson, left, listens while Besh explains his process.

Chef John Besh is famous for creating authentic south Louisiana dishes with all the roux and sausage our style of food demands. With his family’s health in mind, the restaurant owner and television personality works to create more nutritious versions of Cajun and Creole classics. “We have to make healthy also taste good,”… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What are some tracking devices for those with Alzheimer's who have wandering behaviors?

What are some suggestions for tracking devices for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia who have wandering behaviors? Wandering in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is very common and can be dangerous. Six in 10 individuals with Alzheimer’s disease will wander. Many tracking devices create a safe and secure environment:… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: What should I know about oral cancer?

What should I know about oral cancer? Oral cancer is cancer that forms in any part of the mouth or throat, which includes the lips and tongue. Oral cancer is divided into two types of cancer — oral cavity and oropharyngeal. Oral cavity cancer starts in the mouth; oropharyngeal cancer develops in the throat… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What does a 'dementia-friendly community' mean?

What is meant by a “dementia-friendly community”? According to the Alzheimer’s Society, a dementia-friendly community is one in which people with dementia are empowered to have aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can contribute and participate in activities that are meaningful to them. Most people with Alzheimer’s or dementia become isolated at home, feeling as… Continue reading →

Special Olympics sets health fair at Tulane

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- From left, Kenneth McCoy, Andrew Ingraham and Zachary Johnson roll in the 25M Wheelchair Race during the Livingston Parish Special Olympics.

People with special needs and their families are invited to a morning of free physicals and health screenings at the Reily Center of Tulane University Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Medical students, dental students, doctors, dentists and hygienists will be on hand for Special Olympics’ Orleans Parish Medical Day to provided… Continue reading →

How knowing Bee Gees’ ‘Staying Alive’ could help you save a life using new CPR version

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Kim Butler, of the Southern University Ag Center, laughs as she puts her maximum effort into keeping up several minutes of hard and fast chest compressions on 'Mini Anne,' a CPR Learning Manikin, during the American Heart Association's 'Hands-Only CPR' stop in Baton Rouge. Right is Erica Williams, also of the Ag Center.

Knowing a disco song could help you save a life. The American Heart Association is teaching a simplified version of CPR that involves performing chest compressions at 100 beats per minute — the tempo of the Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive.” That fast tempo will help keep oxygen-rich blood circulating to the victim’s organs until a… Continue reading →

What does triple negative breast cancer mean?

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Dionna Chambers, of the American Heart Association, with her disco fever prop,  talks with participants during the American Heart Association 'Hands-Only CPR' tour's stop at the Southern University Ag Center.

What exactly does it mean to have triple negative breast cancer? During initial diagnosis of breast cancer, doctors will perform tests to search for the presence of three receptors or proteins in the cancer cells. These receptors are the estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. A positive result for one… Continue reading →

Is there a connection between Alzheimer’s disease and high blood pressure?

Is there a connection between Alzheimer’s disease and high blood pressure? High blood pressure or hypertension occurs when either systolic or diastolic pressure remains elevated over time. Uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to heart disease, kidney damage and stroke and is linked to the increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia. In a Johns Hopkins 2013… Continue reading →

Even though South Louisiana becomes Allergen's Paradise during fall, you don't have to leave state to ease allergies

MetroSource file photoFall allergies are usually caused by ragweed and mold, doctors say.

Fall in Louisiana means football, a break from humidity and lots of sniffling and sneezing. Seasonal allergies arrive as the leaves begin falling and the ragweed pollen starts to fly. Allergies don’t let up in south Louisiana just because the temperature cools down, said Dr. Sami Bahna, chief of allergy and immunology at LSU Health… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: How does light affect someone with Alzheimer's or dementia?

How does light affect someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia? Studies by researchers at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York showed that light therapy tailored to increase the circadian stimulation during the day benefitted individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia living in long-term care settings. Produced by natural… Continue reading →

Follow these tips to stay healthy while eating out

Photo provided by ButterballSet up a Sweet Potato Bar and let guests select the toppings for their baked sweet potatoes.

We love to eat out. Americans, on average, consume about one-third of their calories away from home, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and we spend about $50 billion a year in restaurants. Those who eat out more often are more likely to gain weight, studies… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Autism Speaker seminars to give tips for law officers, caregivers

When Dennis Debbaudt trains law enforcement officers about working with people who have autism, he never says exactly what a person with the disorder “will” do. “Each person is unique and may act or react differently,” Debbaudt said. “It’s difficult for me to use the word ‘will.’ If I say people with autism ‘will do this,’… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: Do individuals with Alzheimer's disease feel pain?

Do individuals with Alzheimer’s disease feel pain? Alzheimer’s disease does not cause pain itself, but a person with the disease can experience pain from other sources. It is a great challenge to assess if the affected person is having pain because of the obstacles he/she faces in communication. There are, however, signs… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: Are there different types of breast cancer?

Are there different types of breast cancer? There are many different types of breast cancer. In general, breast cancer is either noninvasive or invasive and originates in one of two parts of the breasts — the lobules or the milk ducts. If the cancer is noninvasive, or in situ, that means the… Continue reading →

Genetics make up just small portion of cancer causes

Associated Press/U.S. National Cancer Institute photo -- Humans have 46 chromosomes, as seen in the image from the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Each chromosome contains genes, but genes comprise only 2 percent of DNA. But many worry that those genes could lead to a cancer diagnosis.

From pollution to processed foods, we worry that much of modern life causes cancer. For many, the scariest cause of cancer is the one we cannot change — the genes that make up who we are. But cancers caused by a gene inherited from your family make up only 5 to 10 percent of… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: What do I need to know about ovarian cancer?

What is ovarian cancer? A malignant tumor that begins in the ovaries is called ovarian cancer. There are several types of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer that begins on the surface of the ovary (epithelial carcinoma) is the most common type. Ovarian cancer that begins in the egg-producing cells (germ cell tumors) and cancer that… Continue reading →

Health briefs for Sept. 21, 2015: Immunization sessions, cancer screenings and more in south Louisiana

WHAT: Immunization overview WHEN: Noon Tuesday, Sept. 22. Registration starts at 11 a.m. WHERE: Baton Rouge General Physicians-Family Health Center, Gehringer Conference Room, second floor, 3801 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge REGISTRATION: 1 (800) 561-4127 or visit DETAILS: Dr. Robert M. Chasuk will speak. Free and open to the public.… Continue reading →

Q&A: What do women need to know about cervical cancer?

What are some facts about cervical cancer? According to the National Cancer Institute, cervical cancer is the third most common type of cancer found in women, and it usually starts in the cells on the surface of the cervix, the organ connecting the uterus and the vagina. It is a slow-growing cancer that may not… Continue reading →