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Disease of the Week

A new series informing our volunteers and community more about various psychiatric disorders affecting the veterans at the Menlo Park VA Hospital. Brought to you by our Director of Issue Advocacy and Education, Amy Carlson.

Week 1: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?
A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Overview
A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet
By: Matthew J. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Director, National Center for PTSD

Effects of Traumatic Experiences
A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet
By: Eve B. Carlson, Ph.D and Josef Ruzek, Ph.D.

Epidemiological Facts about PTSD
A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet
What causes Posttraumatic Stress Disorder? How common is it? Who gets is?

PTSD and Older Veterans
A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet


Week 2: Depression

Older Adults: Depression and Suicide Facts
NIH Publication No. 03-4593 / January 2001

Chapter 5: Older Adults and Mental Health
Mental Health - A Report of the Surgeon General

Depression in Older Adults and the Elderly: Signs, Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
Helpguide: Expert, Non-Commercial Information on Mental Health & Lifelong Wellness

SPEAK about: Older adults; Depression and Suicide
New York State Office of Mental Health Publication


Week 3: Dementia

Differential Diagnosis of Dementing Diseases
NIH Consensus Development Conference Statement / July 6-8,1987

Managing Common Behavioral Problems in Dementia: How to Improve Quality of Life for Patients and Families
James R. Burke, MD, PhD; Joel C. Morgenlander, MD

Determining the Cause of Memory Loss in the Elderly: From In-Office Screening to Neuropsychological Referral
Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer, PhD; Joel C. Morgenlander, MD

Dementia in Aging Veterans May Trigger Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Doctor's Guide / January 14, 2000

Living with Dementia: A Guide for Veterans and their Families
Commonweath Department of Veterans' Affairs / Australian Publication, 2001

Guidelines for the Support and Management of People with Dementia
New Zealand Ministry of Public Health Publication / June 1997


Week 4: Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia in Older Adults
Kansas State University Department on Aging Report / Published in 1999

Older Adults with Schizophrenia>
By Julie Loebach Wetherell, PhD, and Dilip V. Jeste, MD ElderCare / June 2003 Vol. 3 No. 2

Treating Older Adults with Schizophrenia
By John G. Csernansky, MD
ElderCare / December 2002

Older Patients with Schizophrenia: Challenges in the Coming Decades
Research study conducted by Barton W. Palmer, PhD; Shelly Heaton, BA; and Dilip Jeste, MD
Psychiatric Services / September 1999 Vol. 50 No. 9

Length and Number of Hospitalizations in Two Cohorts of Veterans with Chronic Schizophrenia
Research study conducted by Gerald Goldstein, PhD and Wendy J. Shemansky, BA
Psychiatric Services / February 2000 Vol. 51 No. 2

Disability Income, Cocaine Use, and Repeated Hospitalizations Among Schizophrenic Cocaine Abusers: A Government-Sponsored Revolving Door?
Research study conducted by Andrew Shaner, MD; Thad Eckman, PhD; and Lisa Roberts, MA
New England Journal of Medicine / 1995 Vol. 333 No. 12


Week 5: Periodontal Disease

Oral Health for Older Americans
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

How to Keep a Healthy Smile for Life
Article from the American Academy of Periodontology Website

Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease Progression among Elderly People
A research study conducted by Hiroshi Ogawa, Akihiro Yoshihara, and Toshinobu Hirotomi
Journal of Clinical Periodontology / July 2002 Vol. 29: 592-597

Tobacco Use: A Modifiable Risk Factor for Dental Disease among the Elderly
A research study conducted by Alan M. Jette, Henry A. Feldman, and Sharon Tennstadt
American Journal of Public Health / September 1993 Vol. 83, No. 9

Periodontal & Cardiovascular Disease: Epidemiology and Possible Mechanisms
A research study conducted by Robert Genco, Steven Offenbacher, and James Beck
Journal of the American Dental Association / June 2002 Vol. 133

Aspiration Pneumonia: Dental & Oral Risk Factors in an Older Veteran Population
A research study conducted by Margaret Terpenning, George W. Taylor, and Dennis E. Lopatin
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society / 2001 Vol. 29: 557-563


Week 6: Diabetes

Diabetes Overview Fact Sheet
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive & Kidney Diseases
NIH Publication No. 96-3873, October 1995

Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care: For People with Diabetes
National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)

A Snapshot of Diabetes: The Facts about America's Sixth Leading Cause of Death by Disease
National Diabetes Fact Sheet: National estimates and general information on diabetes in the U.S.
National Institutes of Health, et al, 1997

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: The Grand Overview
Research study conducted by Robert E. Ratner; Medlantic Research Institute of Washington DC
Diabetic Medicine / September 1998 Vol. 15 pp. 54-57

The Elderly Type 2 Diabetic Patient: Special Considerations
Research study conducted by John E. Morley; Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center
Diabetic Medicine / September 1998 Vol. 15 pp. S41-S46

VA Links Agent Orange and Diabetes
Press Release from Mr. John L. Margowski, Director of Waukesha County Veterans' Services
Release Date: February 6, 2001


Week 7: Alzheimer's Disease

A USVH quick guide to Alzheimer's Disease
Sources: www.alz.org and NIH Publication No. 03-3431, September 2005

Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet
NIH Publication No. 03-3431, September 2005

Statistics about Alzheimer's Disease

--Alzheimer's in the News--

Exercise in middle age can reduce threat of Alzheimer's disease

US: Program Promotes Information on Alzheimer's Disease

Landmark study aims to find genetic link to Alzheimer's disease


Week 8: Parkinson's Disease

A USVH Quick guide to Parkinson's Disease
Sources: http://www.parkinson.org and http://www.parkinsonsinstitute.org

Title: MedlinePlus: Parkinson's Disease.
Description: Links to a bevy of information about Parkinson's Disease, including overviews, treatment, therapy, and coping.

Title: The Journey: Parkinson's Disease. Mary G. Baker and Lizzie Graham.
Description: A clinical overview of PD (note: you may need an institution ID to access the article)

--Parkinson's Disease in the News--

Title: Gene Therapy for Parkinson's Disease
Description: August 20, 2003, from global.med.cornell.edu

Title: Parkinson's Disease risk linked to occupation and education
Description: November 25, 2005 from medicalnewstoday.com

Title: Hot on Parkinson's Trail: Scientists have amassed evidence that long-term exposure to toxic compounds, especially pesticides, can trigger the neurological disease.
Description: November 27, 2005 from latimes.com (Also has information about MPTP)

Some Links to Parkinson's Disease Foundations and Institutes: