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Rising life expectancy and why we need to rethink the meaning of old age

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rising life expectancy and why we need to rethink the meaning of old age

By Jane Falkingham Dean of the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences University of Southampton, Southampton, England. The life expectancy of human beings will soon exceed 90 years for the first time, scientists have predicted. An international study suggests that people will be living far longer in 2030, with the gap between men and women starting […]

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Geriatricians help aging patients navigate multiple ailments

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Geriatricians help aging patients navigate multiple ailments

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News For months, Teresa Christensen’s 87-year-old mother, Genevieve, complained of pain from a nasty sore on her right foot. She stopped going to church. She couldn’t sleep at night. Eventually, she stopped walking except when absolutely necessary. Her primary care doctor prescribed three antibiotics, one after another. None worked.

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Supreme Court decision could make it easier for disabled students to sue schools

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Supreme Court decision could make it easier for disabled students to sue schools

By Rebecca Beitsch Stateline A Supreme Court decision issued Wednesday could make it easier for disabled students and their parents to sue schools under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The case, involving a Michigan girl and her service dog, a goldendoodle named Wonder, is one of several the court is considering during its current term […]

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Popular charity heart screenings for teens may cause more problems than they solve

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Popular charity heart screenings for teens may cause more problems than they solve

By Mary Chris Jaklevic Kaiser Health News Dozens of not-for-profit organizations have formed in the past decade to promote free or low-cost heart screenings for teens. These groups often claim such tests save lives by finding abnormalities that might pose a risk of sudden cardiac death. But the efforts are raising concerns. There’s no evidence […]

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What’s most likely to kill you? Measuring how deadly our daily activities are

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
What’s most likely to kill you? Measuring how deadly our daily activities are

By Hassan Vally, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia It’s always distressing and tragic when we hear a report of shark attack. But what is the actual likelihood of, say, dying due to a shark encounter in Australia? How concerned about this are you as you go swimming? How concerned should you be?

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With growth of the gig economy, states rethink how workers get benefits

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
With growth of the gig economy, states rethink how workers get benefits

By Sophie Quinton Stateline As more and more Americans hold nontraditional jobs that don’t have benefits attached — think freelance graphic designers or Uber drivers — cities and states are exploring ways to ensure those workers still have access to workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and other support such as help paying for health insurance. Think […]

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Some immigrants in California, fearful of deportation, shy away from Medicaid

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some immigrants in California, fearful of deportation, shy away from Medicaid

By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News Some foreign-born Californians are canceling their Medi-Cal coverage or declining to enroll in the first place, citing fears of a Trump administration crackdown on immigrants. Among those dropping coverage are people in the country legally but concerned about jeopardizing family members who lack permanent legal status, according to government […]

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GOP fix to insurance markets could spike premiums for older customers

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP fix to insurance markets could spike premiums for older customers

By Jordan Rau and Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Dale Marsh has not been enamored with his health insurance since the Affordable Care Act took effect. Premiums for Marsh, 53, and his wife, Tammy, rose, their deductibles grew, and they gave up access to their regular doctors to keep costs down. This year, facing monthly […]

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Swedish Health Services CEO Tony Armada resigns – Puget Sound Business Journal

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Swedish Health Services CEO Tony Armada resigns – Puget Sound Business Journal

Tony Armada has stepped down as CEO of Swedish Health Services. His departure comes less than two weeks after the Seattle Times published an investigation into patient care at Swedish Medical Center – Cherry Hill that spurred a state investigation into the medical practices. The Times investigation showed a dramatic increase in surgical volume at […]

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NIH-supported trials of testosterone therapy in older men report mixed results

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
NIH-supported trials of testosterone therapy in older men report mixed results

From the National Institutes of Health Hormone treatment improved bone strength and hemoglobin levels; may increase cardiovascular risk; had no effect on cognition. In older men with low testosterone, one year of testosterone treatment improved bone density and corrected anemia of both known and unknown causes, but also increased the volume of coronary artery plaque, […]

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