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For First Time, Treatment Helps Patients With Worst Kind of Stroke, Study Says

After three decades of failure, researchers have found a treatment that greatly improves the prognosis for people having the most severe and disabling strokes. By directly removing large blood clots blocking blood vessels in the brain, they can save brain tissue that would have otherwise died, enabling many to return to an independent life.

About 630,000 Americans each year have strokes caused by clots blocking blood vessels in the brain. In about a third to half, the clot is in a large vessel, which has potentially devastating consequences. People with smaller clots are helped by the lifesaving drug tPA, which dissolves them. But for those with big clots, tPA often does not help. Until now, no other treatments had been shown to work.

The study, published online Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine and conducted by researchers in the Netherlands, is being met with an outpouring of excitement. One reason the treatment worked, researchers suspect, is that doctors used a new type of snare to grab the clots. It is a stent, basically a small wire cage, on the end of a catheter that is inserted in the groin and threaded through an artery to the brain. When the tip of the catheter reaches the clot, the stent is opened and pushed into the clot. It snags the clot, allowing the doctor to withdraw the catheter and pull out the stent with the clot attached.

Read about this in the New York Times in an article written by Gina Kolata on Dec 17.  at http://nyti,ms/1Ab0lv0 

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Lack of planning for Alzheimer’s

More than 15 million people care for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Most people are aware of the emotional toll of caregiving, but another unwanted result might be personal financial loss by the caregiver. On average, a person suffering from Alzheimer's disease lives for eight to 12 years after diagnosis. Part of that time you may find yourself in a nursing home with costs approaching $6,000 per month.

The AgingCare survey found that 38 percent of Alzheimer's caregivers provide more than 30 hours per week in unpaid care. The survey polled more than 1,600 caregivers for family members suffering from Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. Almost two-thirds of caregivers are looking after a parent, and another fifth are caring for a spouse.

Caregivers specifically described their financial turmoil. More than half of the caregivers polled reported that their family finances had been strained as a result of the care, and around one-fifth polled had to take on a significant debt. In addition, caregiving for Alzheimer's patients also costs some caregivers their careers. Nearly 30 percent of caregivers had to reduce their working hours, 25 percent had to quit their job and 17 percent had to take a pay cut or unpaid leave.

The best plan to protect assets from nursing home costs is to buy adequate long-term care insurance. If you don’t have adequate long-term care insurance, the next best plan is the Medicaid Asset Protection Trust that protects assets from long-term care costs after five years. If this interests you the time to act is more than five years before you face this possibly otherwise you looking at crisis planning  with which the options are much more limited and your ability to protect assets is more limited. Call my office to discuss now.

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Bonnie Kraham: Cost of caregiving for those with Alzheimer's


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