Post-Hospital Syndrome


It’s important to arrive with flowers, balloons, and good cheer when visiting a loved one in the hospital.  They’ll have a positive attitude and look forward to going home to continue regular activities and duties after recuperating.  But what if the patient has to return to the hospital, and they feel worse than the previous admittance?  When a Stressful Hospital Stay Makes You Sick talks about the variables contributing to negative experiences for many patients, with a positive ending discussing modifications implemented for a better hospital stay.




Brain Atrophy Series – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is, “A disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement” (U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2013).  The condition is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease named after the professional baseball player who suffered from this health problem.  As the video explains, the consequences from having this ailment are grim.

[Video] “Lou Gehrig’s Disease – Effects of Lou Gehrig’s Disease – What is ALS?”



U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2013). Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.




Brain Atrophy Series – Huntington’s Disease

Brain atrophy (also known as cerebral atrophy) is defined as,

“…a loss of neurons and the connections between them.  Atrophy can be generalized, which means that all of the brain has shrunk; or it can be focal, affecting only a limited area of the brain and resulting in a decrease of the functions that area of the brain controls” (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 2009).

Huntington’s Disease (HD) is similar to having Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia all at once. When a patient’s condition has deteriorated, they are no longer their vibrant self, but a mere shell they’ve grown accustomed.  Margo in the next resource will give further details about the illness:

[Video] “What is Huntington’s Disease?”





National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (2009). What is Cerebral Atrophy?