Dona, con conciencia

Yo creo que la persona que al d√≠¬≠a de hoy no se haya enterado del reto del cubo de agua helada y la campa√Īa de recaudaci√≥n de fondos¬†a beneficio de los pacientes de Esclerosis Lateral Amiotr√≥fica o ELA (ALS, por sus siglas en ingl√©s) es un ermita√Īo y vive encerrado en una cueva. Son cientos los v√≠¬≠deos de gente famosa y amistades que personalmente he visto empaparse, prometiendo donar a esta causa en diversos pa√≠¬≠ses del mundo y exhortando a …

Watch These Celebrities Take on the Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s been just a couple of weeks since the “Ice Bucket Challenge” took off in a big way, becoming a full-fledged Internet phenomenon in the name of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) awareness. ALS, often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain. The Ice Bucket Challenge aims to raise money for the ALS Association, and it’s been working like a dream. “We have never seen anything like this,” said Barbara Newhouse, …

Medicare Settlement Helps Those With Chronic Conditions

Thousands of Medicare recipients with chronic conditions – such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis¬† and brain injury –¬† may soon have an easier time getting badly needed home-health care, nursing care and therapy. That’s because of a settlement in a nationwide class action suit that removes the requirement that patients getting these services must show “improvement” in their condition.¬† This guideline shift, reported yesterday,¬† would mean these services would be covered for Medicare recipients who need them to maintain a …

Tackling Concussions

Good news for football moms…and football dads…and football grandparents…and anyone who watches football…and, well, anyone who cares about human life and scientific research. (There must be a category you fit into.) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, at first in denial about the link between player’s repeated concussions and degenerative cognitive function or Alzheimer’s later in life, has made a laudable 180-degree turnaround. He is now a vocal champion for the safety of his players: “There is no issue of greater importance …