Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

A resident of Atlanta, Georgia, Eugene E Houchins III is the president and founder of the American Life Corp Fund. He enjoys college football, high school sports, and coaching little league in his free time. Eugene Houchins III is also in Alzheimer’s disease research.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia; it causes memory loss, confusion, changes in personality, and gradual loss of independence. It tends to develop slowly and worsen over the years, and in the final stage, people with Alzheimer’s disease may be unable to communicate with people or know what is going on around them.

Firstly, Alzheimer’s disease begins long before any symptoms become apparent, and this is called the preclinical stage. New imaging techniques can identify deposits of a protein called amyloid-beta, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Genetic tests can also tell you if you have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s. The capacity to detect these early deposits could be particularly useful in clinical trials and the future if new Alzheimer’s disease treatments are developed.

The second stage is the mild cognitive impairment stage, where mild changes in memory and thinking ability occur. However, it is important to note that not everyone with mild cognitive impairment has Alzheimer’s disease. This may be the slight amnesia that many people experience as they get older, but it may also cause concentration issues.

Subsequently, People with Alzheimer’s disease at the mild dementia stage become more confused and forgetful, requiring more assistance with everyday activities and self-care.

Lastly, the mental function continues to deteriorate in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease, known as serious dementia, and the disease has a significant influence on movement and physical ability. Patients may generally lose bowel and bladder control, need help with all activities, and lose the ability to communicate effectively.

Factors that Reduce the Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Eugene E. Houchins III is the president and founder of American Life Fund Corp, an Atlanta-based settlement company that helps clients get the most from their life insurance. One of Eugene E. Houchins III’s critical interests is the prevention of cancer, which is still the second leading cause of death in the United States.

There is no way to prevent cancer entirely, but there are a few protective factors against ovarian cancer that the National Cancer Institute has identified. People who have given birth, breastfed, or had their fallopian tubes closed have statistically lower rates of ovarian cancer.

While not everyone can choose to give birth to reduce their risk of cancer, having surgery to remove or close (often called “tying”) the fallopian tubes is associated with decreased ovarian cancer risk. In cases where ovarian cancer is highly likely, the individual might choose to have the fallopian tubes and ovaries completely removed in an alternative procedure called a risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy.

This surgery causes infertility for obvious reasons and induces early menopause, meaning that only those who are certain they do not wish to have children in the future should consider it as an option. Oral contraception (“the pill”) has also been linked to a lower risk of ovarian cancer.

An Overview of Telemedicine

Telemedicine is a medical practice healthcare professionals use to diagnose and treat patients remotely. Specifically, they use telecommunications technologies to attend to patients at a distance. Doctors and other healthcare personnel use telemedicine to offer various services, including primary care consultation, physical therapy, psychotherapy, and emergency services.

Additionally, doctors use this practice to assess patients whether or not they need in-person treatment. Other times, they employ it to address minor infections and injuries and offer certain therapy types such as speech therapy. They also write and renew prescriptions remotely. A doctor recommends telemedicine when a patient can’t physically access a health center or must practice physical distancing.

Today, telemedicine involves using high-quality video tools. Telemedicine surfaced in the 1950s after university health centers and a handful of hospital systems introduced an image and information sharing platform using the telephone. During this time, a doctor attending to a patient would connect remotely with a distant specialist to access specialized care. This method helped populations residing in rural areas and other hard-to-reach places.

Over time, advancements in technology introduced better systems of connecting healthcare professionals with patients. Specifically, the internet’s proliferation and advances in technologies, including smartphones and other devices, have transformed telemedicine.

In the United States, telemedicine is fast growing into a healthcare delivery tool. More than half of all hospitals in the country use some telemedicine form. As of 2022, patients can access about 3,500 service locations distributed over 200 telemedicine networks. The practice is so beneficial that, in 2011, it helped reach over 300,000 veterans.

Telemedicine differs from telehealth. While telemedicine uses telecommunication technology to deliver care over a distance, telehealth is a broad term that entails telecommunications and electronic technologies that healthcare providers use to provide care remotely. Telemedicine specifically refers to offering clinical services at a distance. In contrast, telehealth can include non-clinical services. These include administrative meetings, training, and medical education.

A paramount concern for patients is how safe the practice is. This mainly involves the use of video tools. Experts say it is just as safe as in-person care for appropriate cases and under the right conditions. Not all cases call for video consultation. Therefore, the healthcare professional must rule out all other possibilities and consider it the only viable option.

Again, patients worry about their privacy and security, considering telemedicine transmits their data. Telemedicine must conform to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations to address this. Consumer video platforms, including Facetime and Skype, don’t count since they don’t meet such rules. Instead, providers use technologies that decrypt and protect patient data.

Telemedicine benefits both the patient and the doctor. For patients, it lowers costs that would otherwise go to commuting and childcare when one visits a health center physically. It also enhances care provision to particular categories of people, including people with disabilities, the elderly, those geographically isolated, and those who’re incarcerated.

Additionally, telemedicine helps extend preventive care, especially to those with geographic and financial barriers limiting them from accessing physical health centers. Besides, this practice slows the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

For healthcare providers, there are few overhead costs. Thus, they pay less for front desk support or rent a few examination rooms. Also, for established health centers, telemedicine offers an additional income stream. Besides, it helps protect them from infectious diseases.

Health Disparities – Why Cancer Screening Still Isn’t Accessible

Eugene E. Houchins III is the founder of American Life Fund, a life insurance policy consulting firm. In Eugene E. Houchins III’s line of work, cancer and its prevention are frequently discussed as the disease is the second most common cause of death in the United States.

In the fight against cancer, early cancer screenings are an important tool. Cancer caught early can be dealt with much more easily, especially if the cancer is malignant or actively growing and infecting more healthy cells. However, the accessibility of these screenings, which can include cancer education, is not evenly distributed across the country, leaving certain populations more vulnerable to the disease than others.

These barriers to better health include, but are not limited to being in a racial minority group (Black, Asian, etc.), living in a rural area, having a low income, or not having insurance. These barriers, often called health disparities, have a compounding effect that makes them more obstructive when combined.

These disparities can be explained by examining the cost of these screenings and the availability (or lack thereof) of information on them. For example, living in a rural area means less likelihood of cancer screening being advertised to you or accessible in your area. Having a low income or poor insurance also can discourage a person from attending a cancer screening, as even if the screening is free, it might be too expensive to take time off work to attend.