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Holistic medicine is a system of health care which fosters a cooperative relationship among all those involved, leading towards optimal attainment of the physical, mental emotional, social and spiritual aspects of health.

It emphasizes the need to look at the whole person, including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual and lifestyle values. It encompasses all stated modalities of diagnosis and treatment including drugs and surgery if no safe alternative exists. Holistic medicine focuses on education and responsibility for personal efforts to achieve balance and well being.

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Comment by khelil omrane on January 6, 2013 at 7:44am

Alzheimer's disease, a new risk to astronauts?
Posted: January 5, 2013 11:54 AM PST
A medical study found that eight of the space radiation can accelerate the development of Alzheimer's disease. This is yet another risk factor to the health of astronauts that will take into account the space agencies are planning manned missions in the solar system. Stressing that cosmic radiation could accelerate the onset of Alzheimer's disease, a new medical study reaffirms the danger of manned space travel. As said Kerry O'Banion, PhD in medical sciences, professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center and lead author of the study published in the journal Plos One, "this study shows for the first time that exposure to radiation levels equivalent to a mission to Mars could cause cognitive problems and accelerate changes in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer's disease "

Studies on the health of astronauts all show that there is a certain risk of contracting diseases see long term or short term during extended stays in space. That said, it does not seem to discourage volunteers to space travel. © NASA Johnson Space Center If the magnetic field protects the Earth and astronauts in the Space Station activity of space radiation, space bathed in a constant flow of a wide variety of radioactive particles. If it is possible to protect some of them, there are forms of radiation that can not be effectively blocked. This is obviously a serious concern for space agencies planning manned missions, which in the case of a trip to Mars could take up to three years. Man is he to leave Earth? With studies both in the United States than in Russia or Europe, researchers are aware of the dangers of cosmic radiation on the health of astronauts. Thus, traveling through space, you take the risk of developing health problems such as long-term cancer, diseases of aging or cardiovascular or aging, and short-term illnesses such as musculoskeletal problems or immune system disorders. In addition, there is a new study reveals for the first time a relationship of cause and effect on the development of Alzheimer's disease. This work has focused on the impact of a particular form of radiation associated with particles of high mass and high charge (HZE particles). The mass of these particles in space propelled to high speeds by the force of the explosions of stars combined with their speed, can penetrate solid objects such as walls or shielding of spacecraft. Through this study, the researchers specifically wanted to examine whether exposure to radiation has "the potential to accelerate certain biological indicators of cognitive and Alzheimer's disease, especially in people who may be prone to develop. " Mice were exposed to different doses of radiation, especially at levels comparable to those that would be faced by astronauts. It shows that mice exposed and are more prone to develop biological processes in the brain that contribute to the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Their brains also shows signs of vascular changes and a greater accumulation of beta-amyloid protein, a characteristic of the disease. Source:

Comment by khelil omrane on December 27, 2012 at 4:17pm

Khelil Omrane
Daily life with someone Alzheimer

How to manage wandering?

The aimless wandering is common in Alzheimer's disease. The person walking for hours and hours without a goal. She sits two minutes and then got up to walk again, she pretends to sit up but left immediately ...
The stop walking and force it to sit and then attach cause agitation and anger. The wanderings may lead to a state of exhaustion.

Why syndrome infinite walk?

Undoubtedly, people express their anguish, their stress by walking.

Ambulation may sometimes be secondary to prolonged use of drugs. - Some nights, the person with Alzheimer's disease can not sleep: she is able to walk, work and store (or even out ) overnight. It must be left free in the house where all the dangers are eliminated. After tired and under the influence of a sedative prescribed leave it all to go to sleep. The next day, tired, she will sleep all day. "It takes days for the night ..." and it is very exhausting for the family - that does not sleep at night either - and is reluctant to lock key in his room.

What to do?

Move person and walk with her in a park, on the street or in a supermarket is an activity "therapeutic". Provided that the accompanying control the situation.
Study also circular routes which lead back to the starting point gradually and allow easy return to the house.
To close the door of his room at night without worrying about the patient, it must conceal his eyes. A hanger cleverly set above the lock and a dressing gown hanging masking the handle will do the trick. The patient can not concentrate long on a specific thing, forget the handle and with it the idea of ​​leaving the room.

Comment by khelil omrane on December 2, 2012 at 8:24am

Euthanasia: practicing assistance to death in Europe?

The Netherlands is the first country to legalize euthanasia, ten years ago

Several European countries have adopted legislation authorizing certain forms of assistance in dying, the Netherlands being the first in the world to legalize euthanasia, ten years ago.

The NETHERLANDS, since 1 April 2002, the direct active euthanasia (administration of a drug causing death) is permitted when the patient requests it in full possession of his faculties and undergoes suffering "unbearable and unending" due to illness diagnosed by a physician as incurable. The opinion of a second physician is required.
BELGIUM follows in September 2002, partially legalize "assisted suicide". The incurable patient must be an adult, "capable and aware," so his claim for "willful, deliberate and repeated" and be free of any constraint.
LUXEMBOURG, text legalizing euthanasia under certain conditions was promulgated in March 2009. This device, prohibited for minors, for patients medical situation "hopeless."

SWITZERLAND, indirect active euthanasia (give substance whose side effects can reduce the lifespan) and passive euthanasia (interruption of medical devices for life support) are allowed and assisted suicide (the person takes itself lethal dose).
FRANCE, Leonetti Act of 2005 introduced a right to "let die", which promotes palliative care. It allows administration by doctors anti-pain to relieve suffering, with "secondary effect of shortening the life" of a patient "advanced or terminal phase of severe and incurable."
SWEDEN legalized passive euthanasia in 2010.
In Great Britain, the interruption of care in some cases has been allowed since 2002. Since February 2010, makes it less likely justice proceedings against a person helping a loved one to suicide by compassion, provided that the latter has clearly expressed intent.
GERMANY, passive euthanasia is tolerated if the patient has requested. The situation is similar in AUSTRIA.
DENMARK since 1992 provides that every citizen may declare in writing his refusal of all aggressive therapy, statements stored in a central register.
In NORWAY, passive euthanasia is permitted at the request of the patient at the end of life of a loved one if it is unconscious.
HUNGARY CZECH REPUBLIC and the terminally ill may refuse treatment.
SPAIN, patients have the right to refuse treatment.
PORTUGAL, active or passive euthanasia is condemned but the Ethics Board acknowledges the cessation of treatment in some cases desperate.

ITALY, active euthanasia is equated with murder. Even if express consent of the patient, the Penal Code provides for a prison sentence of 6-15 years. Assisted suicide is also a criminal offense.
Euthanasia is prohibited in Greece, as in ROMANIA, where it is punishable by up to seven years in prison.
BOSNIA, CROATIA SERBIA and euthanasia is punishable as a homicide.
POLAND, euthanasia is punishable by three months to five years in prison, but "in exceptional cases" the court may reduce the penalty or waive inflict.
IRELAND, any form of assistance to the death or suicide is illegal and punishable by 14 years in prison.

Comment by khelil omrane on November 27, 2012 at 2:31pm

Elderly: urologists break the "taboo" of sexuality in old age

"A misunderstanding" doctors on the subject

Sexuality - including sexuality and the elderly - was one of the dominant themes of the annual congress of the French Association of Urology (AFU), which took place from November 21 to 24 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris.

The report on "Sexual Medicine" presented Saturday, November 24, examines the state of medical knowledge on the subject to help urologists, specialists in the urinary tract, to deal with issues more numerous and precise their patients.

"People do not die of sexuality, but when it does not work you can be very poor and there is a growing demand on the part of men and women in this area," says urologist François Giuliano (Raymond Poincaré Hospital, Garches) , one of the report's authors.

"Disorders of desire and orgasm in women," side effects ("iatrogenic") drugs on sexuality, "surgery of female genital mutilation" or "sexuality of the elderly couple" are some of the topics that have been addressed in this report.

"Over the past decade, there has been considerable progress in understanding the mechanisms of sexual dysfunction in their treatment, and there is a waiting population growth," says Dr. Giuliano.

A majority of urologists, whose average age is 50 years, had no specific training in this field while in office and places a growing sex life.

Good example of this trend: the arrival of "expected" in 2013 in France, the first specific treatment against premature ejaculation. The Dapoxetine (brand name Priligy, laboratories Janssen / Furiex / Menarini) which acts on the hormone serotonin, would "multiply by three or four times for the ejaculate," according to Prof. Giuliano.

This product should be taken "on demand", as well as against male impotence pills like Viagra, is a "new" drug as far prescribed antidepressants, did effect after 15 days.

Another area of ​​growing importance for urologists: the "iatrogenic sexual drug", ie the side effects of the treatment on sexual life. "Numerous drugs may induce sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction caused by anti-hypertensives" says Dr. Giuliano.

"But there is a great ignorance about this although it is a major cause of non-adherence" by men, he says.

Urologists also need to know to answer the questions "less exceptional" couples aged 75 to 80 years who want to "have sex more satisfying."

According to figures released by Afu, nearly 90% of women over the age of 50 living couple now say sexually active against 77% in 1992 and 53% in 1970.

"The acceptance of the other aging is essential to continue to project themselves into a sexual relationship" says Dr. Giuliano to that specialist advice can be valuable in these cases.

Comment by deZengo on February 8, 2012 at 10:54am

Thank you khelil omrane - for your support & love of this community. 

Aging is going to happen!  How we prepare and deal with it makes all the difference!

Much Love & Light.


Comment by khelil omrane on February 8, 2012 at 7:39am

Winter and cold weather for the elderly
We here in February, large cold period. Older people are physically vulnerable and sensitive to cold, as also the hot dog days for example.
The change of season is a difficult one.
How to cope with winter?
As soon as cold weather arrives, many older people suffer from the hands, fingertips become sensitive to cold: the numbness due to poor circulation, chilblains, which is inflammation that can be at the heel, knee, on the nose ....
Respiratory diseases are increasing and the cold have reduced immune defenses. Colds are more common elsewhere I would give a little advice: it is better to use disposable paper handkerchiefs on, that cloth handkerchiefs which are real nest for germs!
Outside the elderly should therefore wear gloves, massaging hands to avoid it cools.
Against by attention, in case of frostbite or numbness (very painful) it is necessary to warm slowly to turn the venous return if aie aie aie!
The OA also reappears as soon as a change in weather arrives.
The influenza virus (great about the year 2010) is daunting for the elderly who are struggling to recover from the disease.
Namely that the flu vaccine is free to over 65's is a great way to protect themselves. Do not hesitate to get vaccinated!
Although protection from the cold!
At home, the unit is old, care must be taken regularly air to avoid poisoning risks related to a faulty heating.
Outside, the elderly must dress warmly as a function of temperature (gloves and hat if too cold).
The fight against the cold requires a great expenditure of energy, so food has an important, favor carbohydrates like bread, rice, pulses, etc. ..
Do not make too much of fat as some claim!
And of course continue to drink enough.
I would add, it takes for the elderly continues to walk, move, stretch to avoid become stiff, visiting with friends, get friends ...
Inactivity is not good for morale or good for physics!
We arrive in a festive season, Christmas and the first year, the mood is there, but sometimes as early as January the moral decline in some people. The days have shortened it generates depression due to this change of season.
As advice: plan activities, innovate other activities!
The new year should be a way to motivate other new things.
Take advantage of the slightest ray of sunshine to go out even if the desire is not there!
And you, what are your tips?

Comment by khelil omrane on February 3, 2012 at 2:22pm

US: Number of Aging Prisoners Soaring
Corrections Officials Ill-Prepared to Run Geriatric Facilities

JANUARY 27, 2012

Territorial Correctional Facility, Canon City, Colorado, on the yard.
© 2011 Jamie Fellner/Human Rights Watch
Old Behind Bars
NYT: Number of Older Inmates Grows, Stressing Prisons
WSJ: Care for Aging Inmates Puts Strain on Prisons

US: Aging Behind Bars
Prisons were never designed to be geriatric facilities. Yet US corrections officials now operate old age homes behind bars.
Jamie Fellner, senior adviser to the US Program
(New York) – Aging men and women are the most rapidly growing group in US prisons, and prison officials are hard-pressed to provide them appropriate housing and medical care, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Because of their higher rates of illness and impairments, older prisoners incur medical costs that are three to nine times as high as those for younger prisoners.

The 104-page report, “Old Behind Bars: The Aging Prison Population in the United States,” includes new data Human Rights Watch developed from a variety of federal and state sources that document dramatic increases in the number of older US prisoners.

Human Rights Watch found that the number of sentenced state and federal prisoners age 65 or older grew at 94 times the rate of the overall prison population between 2007 and 2010. The number of sentenced prisoners age 55 or older grew at six times the rate of the overall prison population between 1995 and 2010.

“Prisons were never designed to be geriatric facilities,” said Jamie Fellner, senior adviser to the US Program at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. “Yet US corrections officials now operate old age homes behind bars.”

Long sentences mean that many current prisoners will not leave prison until they become extremely old, if at all. Human Rights Watch found that almost 1 in 10 state prisoners (9.6 percent) is serving a life sentence. An additional 11.2 percent have sentences longer than 20 years.

Human Rights Watch visited nine states and 20 prisons to interview prison officials, corrections and gerontology experts, and prisoners. Human Rights Watch found officials scrambling to respond to the needs and vulnerabilities of older prisoners. They are constrained, however, by straitened budgets, prison architecture not designed for common age-related disabilities, limited medical facilities and staff, lack of planning, lack of support from elected officials, and the press of day-to-day operations.

While serving time in prison can be hard for anyone, it is particularly challenging for the growing number of older prisoners who are frail, have mobility, hearing, and vision impairments, and are suffering chronic, disabling, and terminal illnesses or diminishing cognitive capacities, Human Rights Watch said.

Prison facilities, rules, and customs were created with younger inmates in mind, and they can pose special hardships for those who are well on in years. Walking a long distance to the dining hall, climbing up to a top bunk, or standing for count can be virtually impossible for some older prisoners. Incontinence and dementia impose their own burdens. In the prisons with high proportions of elderly prisoners visited for the report, Human Rights Watch found that staff behavior has had to adapt to the realities of aging bodies and minds.

“Prison staff who work with the elderly know it makes no sense to yell at a prisoner who doesn’t understand what they are saying,” Fellner said. “As one sergeant told me, staff have to give older prisoners ‘a little more leeway’ when it comes to enforcing the rules.”

The number of aging prisoners will continue to grow, Human Rights Watch found, unless there are changes to harsh “tough on crime” policies, such as long mandatory minimum sentences, increasing life sentences, and reduced opportunities for parole. Many older prisoners remain incarcerated even though they are too old and infirm to threaten public safety if released, Human Rights Watch said.

“How are justice and public safety served by the continued incarceration of men and women whose bodies and minds have been whittled away by age?” Fellner said.

Among its recommendations, Human Rights Watch urges state and federal officials to:

Review sentencing and release policies to determine which could be modified to reduce the growing population of older prisoners without risking public safety;
Develop comprehensive plans for housing, medical care, and programs for the current and projected populations of older prisoners; and
Modify prison rules that impose unnecessary hardship on older inmates.

Fact Sheet for “Old Behind Bars: The Aging Prison Population in the United States”

The Prison Population is Aging

The number of US state and federal prisoners age 65 or over grew at 94 times the rate of the total prison population between 2007 and 2010.
The number of prisoners age 65 or older increased by 63 percent. The total prison population increased by 0.7 percent. There are now 26,200 prisoners age 65 or older.
The number of US state and federal prisoners age 55 or older nearly quadrupled between 1995 and 2010, growing by 282 percent, while total number of prisoners grew by less than half, 42 percent.
There are now 124,400 prisoners age 55 or older.
As of 2010, 8 percent of the prisoner population was 55 or older, compared with 3 percent in 1995.
The proportion of prisoners age 55 and over varied among individual states from 4.2 percent in Connecticut to 9.9 percent in Oregon.
Fourteen percent of federal prisoners are age 51 or older.
Lengthy Sentences Propel Aging Prisoner Population

Of state prisoners age 51 or older, 40.6 percent have sentences ranging anywhere between more than 20 years to life.
One in ten state prisonersis serving a life sentence.
Fifteen percent of state prisoners age 61 or older have been in prison more than 20 years.
In New York,28 percent of those age 60 or over have been in prison continuously for 20 or more years.
Eleven percent of federal prisoners age 51 or older are serving sentences ranging from 30 years to life. There is no federal parole.
Much Higher Medical Expenditures for Older Prisoners

Depending on the state, medical expenditures for older prisoners are three to nine times as high as for other prisoners.
In Florida, the 16 percent of the prison population age 50 or over accounts for 40.1 percent of all episodes of medical care and 47.9 percent of all hospital days.
In Georgia, incarcerated people age 65 years or older had an average yearly medical cost of $8,565, compared with the average of $961 for those under 65.
In Michigan, the average annual health care cost for a prison inmate has been estimated at $5,801; the cost increases with their age, from $11,000 for those age 55-59 to $40,000 for those age 80 or older.
Number and proportion of older prisoners and their sentences: In addition to national statistics, the report contains data for 24 individual states with particularly detailed information for California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Medical Expenditures for Older Prisoners: The report contains data on prison medical expenditures in California, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Texas.
Prisons were never designed to be geriatric facilities. Yet US corrections officials now operate old age homes behind bars.

Comment by khelil omrane on January 4, 2012 at 7:04am

The power of older people affecting their mental

A study by the journal Neurology

Older people whose blood contains high levels of certain vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids have better mental and a better memory than eating foods with low nutritional value, according to a study published Wednesday, December 29, 2011.

The study published in the journal Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology also shows that older people consuming these vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids did not know to reduce the volume of their brain, a typical phenomenon observed in people with Alzheimer's.

This study, one of the first of its kind, specifically designed to measure blood levels of a wide range of nutrients instead of relying on the results of questionnaires on diet, less accurate and less reliable.

The authors of this paper, dated December 28, determined that high levels of vitamins B, C, D and E and omega 3, found primarily in fish, had a positive impact on the mental health and the rest of the body.

"This approach clearly shows the neurological and biological good and bad with the level of various nutrients in the blood," said Maret Traber, Linus Pauling Institute at the University of Oregon (Northwest), co-author of this research.

"The vitamins and nutrients you get from eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and fish can be measured using biomarkers blood," she notes. "I am convinced that these nutrients have great potential to protect the brain and make it work better," she said

Comment by deZengo on January 3, 2012 at 3:51pm

Khelil Omrane - thank you for showing me / us that when there is a "will - there is a way!"  And age can be dealt with and managed if you have planned a little in advance and know what services are available.  I used to feel completely alone in the big ole universe - realized a while back, there is no alone as we are all in this together.  Thank you for your constant source of information - for those who want to keep our independence for as long as we can, it takes a little planning and creative moves ... but I think it can be done! 


Comment by khelil omrane on January 3, 2012 at 3:07pm

In Washington, senior citizens are organizing to prevent nursing home

"Make this give me"

The principle, which relies heavily on the dedication of volunteers, is to provide retirees with services such as transportation, shopping, small repairs, most free or at prices negotiated with professionals.

No question of retirement home for Mr. Gonzalez, a former translator of the Navy, handsome man with blue eyes and white hair, walking with difficulty "because of the knees." But there is no question for him to leave the house, full of art books and jazz records, he lived for 48 years in this charming neighborhood, with rows of Victorian houses. "I like my independence, having to be accountable to anyone," contains the statement of the AFP.

He is a member of Capitol Hill Village, a nonprofit association founded in 2007, one of 66 "villages" existing (120 are currently being established) in the United States, built on a model based in Boston in 2001. This is not to provide medical care but to help people stay in their homes, without the hassles made more complicated to resolve because of age, said Katie McDonough, director and one of only two employees full-time Association of Washington.

Registration costs $ 530 per year for one person, a home for 800, 100 or $ 200 for the lowest income. Subscriptions are roughly half the budget, supplemented by campaign donations.

The "village", as it is called its 360 members (260 households) of Capitol Hill, provides a hotline to which we can seek help from one of 215 volunteers to be taken to a physician, to mow his lawn or fill out paperwork.

The village also hosts conferences, theater outings, dinners, exercise classes, .. "I do not like group activities, but when you retire, you must meet other people. And I want to give me this," said a retired woman.
"In America today we can not count on any help in everything that is around the office," says another "it's very American to meet more and say, do we organize?" .

The U.S., like other countries, is faced with the arrival at the age of retirement of the first of the 78 million American "baby boomers" (born between 1946 and 1964). For Candace Baldwin, co-director of Village to Village Network, which coordinates the villages, the challenge is "huge".

According to the US Care, from 2011 and for 20 years, 10,000 people daily celebrate their 65 years. In 2030 one American in five will be over 65 years and over age 85 are four times more than today.
The movement of "villages" is "a logical step in this evolution," says Candace Baldwin, a way to "age in the neighborhood that interests more and more people."

FG with AFP
updated on 02/01/2012



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