Why You Shouldn’t Skip Routine Dental Cleanings

Most people brush and floss their teeth regularly. However, many of these same people are also skipping trips to the dentist. Yes, money may be tight. But is the long-term risk worth the temporary monetary reward?

Lack of coverage may be contributing to skipped dental cleanings. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, of the 172 million Americans under 65 who have health insurance, 45 million don’t have dental care. Medicare doesn’t cover routine dental care, and many dentists don’t accept Medicaid. Dental procedures can be costly – Americans spent $102 billion on dental services in 2009. Yet, a simple routine cleaning costs much less than a root canal.

Footcare Helps Keep Elderly Mobile

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Many people assume that it is a normal part of the aging process, but no one should resign themselves to foot pain.

According to the The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), some foot problems are hereditary, but many others result from cumulative neglect and abuse. Gaining weight can affect bone and ligament structure. In fact, women suffer four times more foot problems than men, and a lifetime of wearing high heels can leave a painful legacy.

Normal wear and tear alters foot structure. With age and use, feet spread and lose cushioning. According to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, one-sixth of nursing home patients need assistance to walk, while another one-fourth cannot walk. Seeking professional treatment for foot pain can help senior citizens enjoy a higher quality of life, not to mention increased mobility and independence.

“Foot pain can limit a senior citizen’s ability to participate in social activities or work,” said Dr. Ross Taubman, president of the APMA. “Even worse, foot problems can lead to debilitating knee, hip and lower back pain.”

Podiatric physicians serve in foot clinics, nursing homes and hospitals across the country, where they help keep older patients on their feet. The APMA offers these tips to older Americans hoping to walk pain-free:

– Remeasure your feet every time you buy new shoes. Feet expand with age, so you can’t assume that your shoe size will remain constant. Shop for shoes in the afternoon -; feet swell through the day.

– Keep walking. Feet strengthen with exercise, and walking is the best exercise for your feet.

– Choose your legwear carefully. Don’t wear stockings with seams. Never wear constricting garters or tie your stockings in knots.

– Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water. Use a mild soap that contains moisturizers. After washing your feet, pat them dry and massage them with lotion. Inspect your feet for redness, swelling and cracks or sores, which require a doctor’s attention. Do not cut off corns, and only trim nails straight across.

– See a podiatrist at least once a year. For more information, visit APMA’s Web site at www.apma.org.

As Americans Age, COPD Rates Increase

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, is now the third leading cause of death globally -; one out of every four men and one of every six women who live to be 95 years old will develop COPD.

COPD describes many conditions that obstruct airflow in and out of the lungs. Research shows that patients with COPD are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension. In fact, according to findings reported in the October 2008 issue of the European Respiratory Journal, more than half of the patients who have COPD will also develop cardiovascular disease, diabetes or hypertension.

In the U.S., doctors have diagnosed COPD in more than 32 million patients. Most of those patients require oxygen therapy. But oxygen therapy machines can be difficult for patients to operate. Some companies are developing devices to make oxygen therapy easier and more effective. For example, medical device manufacturer Ingen has developed the Oxyview, a gauge that tells patients when their equipment malfunctions.

Dr. Rozenbaum, a leading scientist and the Board Member of several recognized national COPD organizations and founder of COPD Alert, calls the device a “great idea.” “This very small and simple-to-operate, yet very accurate gauging device provides a high measure of security to patients, who can quickly be alerted to malfunctioning equipment and take the necessary steps to correct the situation or immediately contact their oxygen provider.” Oxyview is sold with a life-time warranty and is the only device of its kind in the respiratory market today.

Adds Dr. Rozenbaum, “I know of many patients who consider Oxyview a very important part of their oxygen therapy.”

As medical technologies advance and extend the average lifespan, more patients will develop COPD. According to an analysis from the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans born in 2004 will reach an average lifespan of 77.9 years, with women living longer than men. Currently, COPD is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.

For more information, visit www.ingen-tech.com.