Keep Your Teeth Healthy As You Age!

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Fortunately, my family won the genetic lottery when it comes to teeth. My parents both have perfect smiles and good health.

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And some say I have a trillion dollar smile.  But what happens to our smiles as we age?

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Does everyone’s teeth eventually fall out?

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Most people assume losing teeth are a natural part of aging. Not so. Adult teeth don’t fall out from natural causes.  Repeat.

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Five things cause teeth to fall out:  1. Trauma 2. Severe illness (diabetes, cancer, osteomyelitis or autoimmune diseases)

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3. Gum disease 4. Lifestyle, what you eat and drink along with your oral hygiene and 5. Drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine (also called speed, ice or meth), cocaine, crack cause severe tooth decay and teeth falling out in a very short amount of time.

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Things that are harmful for your teeth acidic foods and drinks like soda, some mouth fresheners, some tooth whiteners and a lack of vitamin C and K. Foods high in sugar (sweets) and carbs can also cause tooth decay. You should see your dentist if your gums are bleeding or you’re feeling any pain or sensitivity, as that may be an early warning sign of gum disease.

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Teeth do begin to age and shift in your mid-20s. In your 30s, you begin to lose bone, which makes gums recede.

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In your 40s and 50s, top teeth will appear shorter as the lower teeth shift. Chewing, grinding and stress all affect your teeth. Women in perimenopause and menopause will have more stress than usual due to sleep problems as will men with high levels of stress.

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A lot of stress goes to people’s jaws, which causes grinding and pressure on back teeth. Tooth grinding is also known as bruxism and can cause chipped, fractured and worn tooth enamel or increased sensitivity –even headaches.

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If you have stress in your life, try to alleviate it with getting rest, exercise and fresh air. You can also get fitted for a night guard. This prevent clenching or grinding your teeth in your sleep.

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Surprising new information from a recent issue of the Journal of Dental Research indicates that seniors who sleep in dentures are at a higher risk of developing pneumonia because bacteria from the mouth can be inhaled into the lungs.

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The American Dental Association warns bacteria allowed to linger in the mouth can cause tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.

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If you want to keep your natural teeth forever, it’s important to take care of them now.

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There is a higher risk of dental disease leading to other health problems as we age.

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Seniors may need to enlist family members and other loved ones to assist with dental hygiene.

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The ADA encourages caregivers, whether the seniors are at home or in a nursing home, to supervise or aid in maintaining seniors’ dental health by making sure they brush twice a day, floss once a day, eat a healthy diet and visit the dentist regularly.

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Hearing impairment is common among seniors.

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For this reason, a caregiver can play an important communications role between a senior and the dentist by helping them prepare questions prior to their dental appointment.

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Dentists providing written instructions helps in communicating with seniors too.

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The ADA provides dental health tips for seniors and their caregivers

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Judith Jones, DDS, from the American Dental Association is the director of the Center for Clinical Research at the University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in Boston. She is also a published researcher and serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

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Turns out, the same advice dentists gave you when you were a kid still holds true when you’re a senior.

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BRUSH TWICE A DAY (Rinse with water anytime you eat)

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FLOSS ONCE A DAY (My favorite are floss toothpicks. Portable and super easy to use)

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EAT HEALTHY (Best foods for teeth are apples, cheese, yogurt, foods high in calcium)

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GET REGULAR DENTAL CHECKUPS

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Click here for Dr. Judith Jones answers to the following questions: http://bcove.me/v3of9lb0

•What are some specific oral health concerns of older Americans?
•What can caregivers do to help seniors maintain their dental health?
•Why is it important for people with dentures to visit their dentist?
•Are there any dental products that are particularly suited for the needs of older people?
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Dr. Jones offers the following Dental Tips for caregivers:

Encourage seniors to:

  • Use an electric toothbrush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Use an interdental cleaner to floss teeth once  day
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Tell dentist if they develop dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay
  • Clean gums daily and remove dentures at night if they wear them

INTERVIEW WITH DR. JUDITH JONES: http://bcove.me/v3of9lb0

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For More Information including the ADA® Find-a-Dentist™ tool:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-over-60/healthy-habits

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MANI1       MARIA DORFNER is the founder of MedCrunch.

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Kidney Disease: More Common Than You Think

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Twenty-six million Americans suffer from some sort of kidney disease –more people are unaware they suffer from it. Kidney disease kills 90,000 Americans each year, more than breast and prostate cancer combined.

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One in three American adults are currently at risk for developing kidney disease, and many are unaware of it.

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One of the lesser known diseases that injures the kidney is called vasculitis.

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It can cause a need for a kidney transplant if it goes untreated.

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We will learn more about it today in my interview with Dr. Giullian.

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Jeffrey A. Giullian, MD/MBA, a nephrologist and partner at South Denver Nephrology Associates, in Denver, Colorado, practices both general and transplant nephrology, including care of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), end stage renal disease (ESRD), immunosuppression, hypertension and kidney stones.

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In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he has an active research clinic focusing on phase 2 and 3 clinical trials.

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He is active in renal research for patients with electrolyte abnormalities, polycystic kidney disease and diabetes.

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Currently, Dr. Giullian is the Chairman of Medicine at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, the Chief of Nephrology at Swedish Hospital, and a member of the Porter Hospital Kidney and Pancreas Transplant team. He is also a Group Medical Director for the APEX group of DaVita Dialysis covering dialysis centers in nine states.

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After earning a MD from Vanderbilt School of Medicine in 2001, Dr. Giullian completed an internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He served as Baylor’s Chief Medical Resident from 2004-2005.

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After completing his residency, he returned to Vanderbilt University Medical center for his nephrology training. During this time, from 2006-2007, he was Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Chief Fellow for the division of nephrology. In addition to his MD degree, Dr. Giullian holds a MBA degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.

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Learn about vasculities at red link below.

Click here for Interview with Dr. Giullian:
https://www.hightail.com/download/UlRTcmxYTmFreEJ2TzhUQw

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Cynthia’s Story: Helping Women Who Live with Chronic Pain

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Cynthia Toussiant is a former ballerina and actress (FAME) who has suffered with chronic pain disorder for more than thirty years.

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The strong, graceful ballerina’s life changed when a minor ballet injury triggered chronic pain.

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The chronic pain left the strong and graceful ballerina mute and in a wheelchair for years.

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She visited countless physicians and was continually told it was all in her head.

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Her husband, John Garrett, who has been with her for 34 years helped her get to the bottom of it.

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Turns out, Cynthia had Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) for 32 years. She later developed Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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I talk to Cynthia and John about it: https://www.hightail.com/download/UlRUTGs2bEpLVldjZDhUQw

WHAT IS COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME?

According to the Mayo Clinic, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is an uncommon form of chronic pain that usually affects an arm or a leg. Complex regional pain syndrome typically develops after an injury, surgery, stroke or heart attack, but the pain is out of proportion to the severity of the initial injury.

WHAT CAUSES IT?

The cause of complex regional pain syndrome isn’t clearly understood. Treatment for complex regional pain syndrome is most effective when started early. In such cases, improvement and even remission are possible.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Signs and symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome include:
•Continuous burning or throbbing pain, usually in your arm, leg, hand or foot
•Sensitivity to touch or cold
•Swelling of the painful area
•Changes in skin temperature — at times your skin may be sweaty; at other times it may be cold
•Changes in skin color, which can range from white and mottled to red or blue
•Changes in skin texture, which may become tender, thin or shiny in the affected area
•Changes in hair and nail growth
•Joint stiffness, swelling and damage
•Muscle spasms, weakness and loss (atrophy)
•Decreased ability to move the affected body part

Symptoms may change over time and vary from person to person. Most commonly, pain, swelling, redness, noticeable changes in temperature and hypersensitivity (particularly to cold and touch) occur first.

Over time, the affected limb can become cold and pale and undergo skin and nail changes as well as muscle spasms and tightening. Once these changes occur, the condition is often irreversible.

Complex regional pain syndrome occasionally may spread from its source to elsewhere in your body, such as the opposite limb. The pain may be worsened by emotional stress.

In some people, signs and symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome go away on their own. In others, signs and symptoms may persist for months to years. Treatment is likely to be most effective when started early in the course of the illness.

WHEN SHOULD SOMEONE SEE A DOCTOR?

If you experience constant, severe pain that affects a limb and makes touching or moving that limb seem intolerable, see your doctor to determine the cause. It’s important to treat complex regional pain syndrome early.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE MAYO CLINC AT: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/complex-regional-pain-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20022844


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Once Cynthia and John learned more about it, they rechanneled their efforts to help other women.

HELPING OTHER WOMEN

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Since 1997, she has been a leading advocate for women in pain. Cynthia gave testimony at two California Senate hearings. The first was dedicated to CRPS awareness. The second explored the chronic under treatment of and gender bias toward women in pain. Both of these efforts were the first of their kind in the nation.

Cynthia founded For Grace to raise awareness about CRPS and all women in pain.

In 2006, Toussaint ran for the California State Assembly to bring attention to her CRPS Education Bill that Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed after she got it to his desk in its first year. Her current Step Therapy bill will reform an unethical prescription practice used by the health insurance industry to save money in a way that increases the suffering of California pain patients.

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Toussaint was the first CRPS sufferer to be featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and on the Public Broadcasting System and National Public Radio. She is a consultant for The Discovery Channel, ABC News, FOX News, the National Pain Report and PainPathways, the official magazine of the World Institute of Pain. Also, she is a guide and guest contributor for Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change website. Her many speaking engagements include the National Institutes of Health and Capitol Hill.

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She is the author of Battle for Grace: A Memoir of Pain, Redemption and Impossible Love. Also, Toussaint is experiencing her first-ever partial CRPS remission largely due to the narrative therapy of writing this book.

Toussaint continues to be a leading advocate for health care reform in California. She was instrumental in changing public opinion which sparked sweeping HMO reform legislation that was signed by Governor Gray Davis in 1999. Her focus has now shifted to creating a single-payer, universal health care plan in California that would provide a model for the rest of the country.

Cynthia’s husband, John serves as Director at For Grace and was instrumental in launching the organization in April 2002 along with his partner Cynthia Toussaint, who has suffered with CRPS (and later other over-lapping auto-immune conditions) for 32 years. Garrett has been partner and caregiver to Toussaint for 34 years. He has done extensive research about the gender disparity toward women in pain, compiling a comprehensive library on that issue along with specific chronic pain conditions.

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Garrett has assisted Toussaint in all aspects of media relations and advocacy regarding CRPS awareness and the pain gender divide. His work focuses on speech presentation, grant writing, research, media outreach and the development of branding strategies. Garrett has also advised California’s Department of Managed Health Care and other state agencies regarding pain management practices in the HMO industry.

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Commenting on her long-term partnership with Garrett, Toussaint says, “My story as a woman in pain is also a love story because John’s support has been total and unwavering. Without his loving presence in my life, I wouldn’t be here.”

Garrett made numerous writing contributions in Toussaint’s memoir, Battle for Grace: A Memoir of Pain, Redemption and Impossible Love. He candidly shares the virtues and challenges of the caregiving experience.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO FULL INTERVIEW with CYNTHIA & JOHN:

https://www.hightail.com/download/UlRUTGs2bEpLVldjZDhUQw

PHOTO MONTAGE OF CYNTHIA & JOHN:

https://www.hightail.com/download/UlRUeEVhbEpubVhSc01UQw

Elizabeth Taylor Quote on Living with Pain

Women with Chronic Pain, please visit:
WWW.FORGRACE.ORG

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Angelina Jolie Unbroken by Chickenpox

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Jolie announces on YouTube she has chickenpox. The beautiful actress/director/philanthropist spoke in disbelief at the timing, but with a healthy attitude saying, “…such is life.” She had to cancel promotional events and attending the premiere of her film, Unbroken, which opens Christmas:

“I just wanted to be clear and honest about why I would be missing the Unbroken events in the next few days, which is that I found out last night that I have chicken pox,” she says in the video, posted to YouTube. “So, I will be home itching and missing everyone and I can’t believe it because this film means so much to me. I just can’t believe it, but such is life. There it is. Send everyone my love and I hope everything goes well!”

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We wanted to give Jolie some Health tips to help her get through this.

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The most important thing Jolie can do is not itch and leave the blisters UNBROKEN:

1. DO NOT ITCH!

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2. DO NOT PICK AT SCABS!

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3. REST! DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE PREMIERE! YOUR HEALTH IS MORE IMPORTANT!

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4. DRINK LOTS OF WATER, EAT WELL! NO NEED TO SQUEEZE INTO PREMIERE DRESS!

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Since chickenpox is highly contagious she needs to stay away from hubby (ouch again!) and all their kids for at least two weeks. I don’t know who in her family has had it already or not, but you can get it again. It will be milder and symptoms will not last as long the second time. It’s still extremely uncomfortable.

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I recall getting chickenpox as an adult myself. Insanely itchy. I looked like a monster. I slept with Calamine lotion all over me. My husband was supposed to stay away from me, but he insisted on staying by my side. I’m sure Brad is going to have an even tougher time.

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I felt like Lucille Ball in that episode when she got a bad sunburn right before a big show. Angelina Jolie is probably feeling that way right now.

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Lucy ended up going to the show. Hilarity ensues because she’s in great pain as people keep tapping her on the shoulder. Jolie made the healthy choice!

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The next hardest part will be trying not to itch. We researched the best remedies.

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When I was a kid, calamine lotion was used.

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Today, people recommend the following anti-itch natural remedies:

OATMEAL – used in a bath (details below)
BROWN VINEGAR – also used in a bath (details below)
BAKING SODA – Stir one-half tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Apply to affected areas with sponge. Allow it to dry.
HONEY – (details below)
CARROTS AND CORIANDER SOUP – Boil 1 cup of chopped carrots + 1/2 cup of fresh coriander leaves, Strain, Cool and drink once a day.
INDIAN LILAC – Take a handful of neem leaves, crush them and apply the paste on the affected areas, or apply in bath.

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HERE’S MORE ON HOW TO USE OATMEAL AND BROWN VINEGAR and HONEY FROM “TOP 10 HOME REMEDIES FOR CHICKENPOX”:

Oatmeal Bath

1. Grind 2 cups of oatmeal into a fine powder. Place it in 1/2 gallon of water. Let it sit 15 min.

2. Pour that into a cloth bag. Secure tightly. Drop it into tub of warm water. Swirl it around until water becomes milky in color. Soak in it for as long as it feels soothing and relieves itching.

Brown Vinegar

Add one-half cup of brown vinegar to lukewarm bathwater. Soak in it as long as needed.

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1. Place on affected areas two or three times daily.

WHAT OVER THE COUNTER PRDUCTS WORK?

I am a huge fan of AVEENO products. They have what looks like a modern day Calamine lotion, although I would still pick up the old kind too:

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WHAT CAUSES CHICKENPOX?

Chickenpox is caused by varicella zoster virus. It is usually mild unless person has impaired immune system.

WHO GETS CHICKENPOX?

Almost everyone gets chickenpox by adulthood.

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CHICKENPOX?

Chickenpox has a characteristic itchy rash which forms blisters that dry and become scabs in 4�5 days. An infected person may have anywhere from only a few lesions to more than 500 blisters on their body during an attack (average 300�-400).

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WHAT IS THE FIRST SIGN OF CHICKENPOX?

The rash may be the first sign of illness, sometimes coupled with fever and general malaise (“feeling lousy”), especially in adults.

IS CHICKENPOX CONTAGIOUS?

Chickenpox is highly contagious. The virus spread from person to person by direct contact, or through the air. Approximately 90% of persons in a household who have not had chickenpox will get it if exposed to an infected family member.

HOW LONG DOES CHICKENPOX TAKE TO DEVELOP?

Chickenpox develops within 10-21 days after contact with an infected person.

HOW SOON IS CHICKENPOX CONTAGIOUS?

Chickenpox is contagious 1-2 days before the rash appears and until all blisters have formed scabs.
Adults are more likely to have a more serious case of chickenpox with a higher rate of complications and death.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE HOSPITALIZED WITH CHICKENPOX AND CAN YOU DIE FROM IT?

Every year there are approximately 5,000-9,000 hospitalizations and 100 deaths from chickenpox in the United States.

CAN PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN VACCINATED STILL GET CHICKENPOX?

Cases of disease due to the natural virus that may occur in a small proportion of vaccinees (people who have had the vaccine) are typically very mild with less than 50 skin blisters and no fever.

More than 6 million doses of varicella vaccine have been given since it was licensed in March 1995.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all children be routinely vaccinated at 12-18 months of age and that all susceptible children receive the vaccine before their 13th birthday.

The vaccine is also approved for susceptible adolescents and adults especially those with close contact with persons at high risk for serious complications (e.g., healthcare workers, family contacts of immunocompromised persons).

A history of chickenpox is considered adequate evidence of immunity.

WHAT IF SOMEONE IS UNSURE IF THEY HAVE BEEN VACCINATED OR NOT?

A blood test is available to test immunity in persons who are uncertain of their history or who have not had chickenpox. Many of these persons will find that they are immune when tested and thus will not need to be vaccinated.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR CHICKENPOX?

Effective medications (e.g., acyclovir) are available to treat chickenpox in healthy and immunocompromised persons (e.g, those with cancers, HIV/AIDS, receiving medications that depress the immune system).

Varicella zoster immune globulin (VZIG), a type of immune globulin made from plasma from healthy, volunteer blood donors with high levels of antibody to the varicella zoster virus, is recommended after exposure for persons at high risk for complications (e.g., immunocompromised persons, pregnant women, premature infants <28 weeks gestation or < 1000 grams at birth and premature infants whose mothers are not immune).

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WHEN SHOULD ADULTS BE VACCINATED AGAINST CHICKENPOX?

According to WebMD, all adults who have never had chickenpox or received the vaccination should be vaccinated against it. Two doses of the vaccine should be given at least four weeks apart.

WebMD says if you’ve never had chickenpox or been vaccinated and you are exposed to chickenpox, being vaccinated right away will greatly reduce your risk of getting sick. Studies (they do not indicate which studies) have shown that vaccination within three days of exposure is 90% effective at preventing illness; vaccination within five days of exposure is 70% effective. If you do get sick, the symptoms will be milder and shorter in duration.

WHAT IF I HAVE A BAD REACTION TO A VACCINE?

Call the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at 1-800-822-7967 and seek medical attention.

WHO SHOULDN’T GET THE CHICKENPOX VACCINE?

You should not be vaccinated against chickenpox if you:

•Are moderately to severely ill at the time of vaccination
•Are pregnant (women should not become pregnant for one month after receiving the chickenpox vaccine)
•Have ever had an allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or a previous dose of chickenpox vaccine

These people should check with their doctor about getting the chickenpox vaccine:

•Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation for cancer
•People taking steroid drugs
•People with HIV or another disease that compromises the immune system
•Patients who recently had a blood transfusion or received other blood products

HOW LONG WILL CHICKENPOX LAST?

The worst symptoms will usually subside in two weeks, but you need about a month after any virus to build up your immune system. Remember, you’re losing sleep when symptoms are at their worst, which can wreak havoc on your already compromised system. The worst symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, along with irritability and sleeplessness that come from the intense itching. It can hurt when you can’t find relief. It’s also difficult you feel unsightly because of them. It will subside.

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Questions? Feel free to send them to maria.dorfner@yahoo.comJOLIE1

Hope this helps. It has to be extremely frustrating for this to happen right before a big event, and after having worked so hard on it.

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Angelina Jolie still looks better with chicken pox than most folks look on a red carpet. Sometimes, these things are natures way of telling us we need to stop and rest. Wishing her the best and a healthy, happy and humor-filled recovery.

Maria :-)

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Hip-Hop Legend Rev Run & his wife Justine on Adult Diabetes

It’s Diabetes Awareness Month.  More than 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for diabetes, and it doubles for African-Americans.

It’s one of the reasons one of the most iconic figures in music is passionate about raising awareness about risk factors for adult diabetes. Another reason is his father has it, which also places him at risk. His manager’s father also had it. Since 5,000 new people are diagnosed each day, he wants to make sure everyone gets screened. Rev Run is not only a legend in Hip-Hop, front man for RUN DMC, selling tens of millions of records worldwide, but he is widely credited for ushering rap music into the mainstream culture. He also starred in MTV’s “Run House,” co-authored several books and is a sought after DJ and speaker.

His latest venture is teaming with The Novo Nordisk Ask Screen Know Campaign to help people know if they are at risk and to share tips on making healthy changes at home. He has created a website called askscreenknow.com to raise awareness and help others take precautions just as he is doing.

[On Getting Screened] “I tell people do it for the ones you love…I look in my children’s eyes and realize I can be neglecting my health and hurt everybody in my family.” -Rev Run

Joining him is wife, Justine Simmons.  Justine is an accomplished author, jewelry designer on HSN, co-author of a best-selling book with her husband, philanthropist and loving wife and mom.  Justine also works with the Simmons family charity organization helping children with art resources.  She joins Rev Run in urging people to take a Risk Assessment Test and discusses how they keep their family healthy since they are at high risk for adult diabetes.

[On Men Being Afraid to Get Tested] “You hear about these men passing (away) and it could have been prevented.” -Justine Simmons

To learn more and find out if you are at risk please visit: http://www.AskScreenKnow.com

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CLICK HERE FOR INTERVIEW:  Hip-Hop Legend Rev Run & his wife Justine on Adult Diabetes

 

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1.  Age 45 or older

2.  Race/Ethnicity

3.  Diabetes in Family

4.  Lack of Physical Activity

5.  Being Overweight

6.  High Blood Pressure

       SYMPTOMS:

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FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:   http://www.AskScreenKnow.com

As Rev Run and Justine say, “Do it for the ones you love.”

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