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 Tuesday January 31, 2012 - Issue #71

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefAn Interview with Dr. Bob Arnot

Dr. Bob Arnot is an award-winning television correspondent, international traveler, and medical doctor active in international humanitarian issues. He has been a foreign correspondent as well as chief medical correspondent for NBC News (including Dateline, the Today Show and the NBC Nightly News), and a health correspondent for CBS News (including CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning and CBS Morning News). He has also been featured in national television specials on international health and humanitarian topics for Discovery Health, Discovery Military, PAX, the ABC Family Channel, BET, and FOX

Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sits down with Dr. Arnot to talk about family caregiving, the importance of becoming healthcare disruptors and other matters of the heart. 

Gary Barg: Your dad passed away after a massive heart attack. I was hoping you would talk a little bit about your role as a family caregiver.

Bob Arnot:  Well, with both my parents, there were a number of chronic diseases that they had.  Both of them actually did have heart disease.  I, as a physician and advocate, of course, was really trying to upgrade their care, which is a tough, tough, tough thing to do...continued

Take Care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

Blood Pressure: It’s a Balancing Act
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

Most people hear about all the symptoms and side effects of high blood pressure. The opposite end of the spectrum can be just as daunting if not kept in check. Low blood pressure is desirable in many cases, unless the reading is too low.  Low blood pressure can cause major damage to organs, especially the brain...continued

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Guest Column

The Trouble With Hope
By John Ptacek

I had a strained relationship with hope before my wife was diagnosed with cancer. To me, hope was a high waiting for a low, a fix with a nasty flipside. Far from the precious entity exalted by legions of poets and philosophers, hope was just another coordinate on the pain/pleasure cycle existing in infinite balance with its opposite...continued


Helpful Tips for the Vision Impaired
By Deborah Kogler

Here are ten simple tips to make living with low vision more manageable.

1. Lighting

Increase the amount of lighting directly over the task that you are doing. Focus the light directly onto what you are doing...continued



How/where do I find someone to "talk" to when I am at my wit's end?  I have a caregiver therapist, but I see him once a week for 50 minutes and it is expensive.  The moments I need to vent the most don't always coincide with my appointment.  Is there a 24-hour chat line?  How do I get on it?

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Dr. Bob Arnot

Feature Article
Blood Preasure: It's a Balancing Act

Guest Column
The Trouble With Hope

Helpful Tips for the Vision Impaired


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