Dona, con conciencia

Yo creo que la persona que al dí­a de hoy no se haya enterado del reto del cubo de agua helada y la campaña de recaudación de fondos a beneficio de los pacientes de Esclerosis Lateral Amiotrófica o ELA (ALS, por sus siglas en inglés) es un ermitaño y vive encerrado en una cueva. Son cientos los ví­deos de gente famosa y amistades que personalmente he visto empaparse, prometiendo donar a esta causa en diversos paí­ses 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 …