When Patients Suddenly Become Confused

Hospital delirium is the most common complication of hospitalization among people ages 65 and over. When delirium isn't recognized, it can hinder recovery. Prolonged delirium is associated with poor long-term outcomes and a higher mortality rate. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid delirium or minimize its impact. More »

Food allergies and food intolerances

Food allergies typically begin in infancy, and can be life-threatening if not outgrown. They are more common in people who have other allergies, eczema, hay fever, or asthma. More than 170 foods have been associated with allergic reactions, but 90% of all cases involve milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, or soy. typically begin in infancy, and can be life-threatening if not outgrown. Food intolerance can cause discomfort but is generally less serious. It usually results from the inability to digest or metabolize a food completely. The symptoms — gas, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea — overlap those of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and food intolerance can trigger episodes of IBS. Both are on the rise but it's important to know the difference. (Locked) More »

A device to prevent heart failure is twice as effective in women

Women tend to develop heart disease about 10 years later than men. Because women develop heart disease later, they're more likely to have coexisting conditions, like diabetes, which can complicate treatment and recovery. And because they have smaller hearts and coronary vessels, surgery can be more difficult for them. Women are more likely to die after procedures such as bypass surgery and angioplasty. A study suggests that one treatment for heart failure actually works better in women than men. (Locked) More »