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How Alzheimer’s disease spreads throughout the brain – new study

January 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
How Alzheimer’s disease spreads throughout the brain – new study

A new study finds the tau protein, which has been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease, spreads between connected neurons. This suggests you might be able to prevent or freeze the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease by preventing the spread of the protein from neuron to neuron.

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Overdose deaths soar nationally but plateau in some western states

January 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Overdose deaths soar nationally but plateau in some western states

The opioid crisis on the East Coast and in the Midwest has fueled a national surge in drug deaths, even as fatal overdoses have decreased or remained stable in parts of the West, new federal data show. Washington state saw a 5.29% rise in deaths from 2015 to 2017.

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A new population may be at risk for HIV. Here’s why.

January 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
A new population may be at risk for HIV. Here’s why.

Recently, HIV prevention efforts have focused on men who have sex with men (MSM). But new research led by Sara Glick, a Public Health – Seattle & King County epidemiologist, has found a growing risk of infection among expand among people who inject drugs such as methamphetamine.

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Our fight with fat: Why is obesity getting worse?

January 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Our fight with fat: Why is obesity getting worse?

Obesity’s roots are in American culture, from the stress of the workplace to the onslaught of food advertising, to our tradition of holiday overindulgence. The taste buds of our youth are raised on junk food and sugary treats, habits that follow children into adulthood.

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Running On Empty: CHIP funding could run out Jan. 19 for some states

January 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Running On Empty: CHIP funding could run out Jan. 19 for some states

Some states are facing a mid-January loss of funding for their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) despite spending approved by Congress in late December that was expected to keep the program running for three months, federal health officials said Friday.

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Care suffers as more nursing homes feed money into corporate webs

January 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Care suffers as more nursing homes feed money into corporate webs

A Kaiser Health News analysis reveals that nursing homes that outsource services to related organizations tend to have fewer nurses and aides per patient, they have higher rates of patient injuries and unsafe practices, and they are the subject of complaints almost twice as often as independent homes.

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Aging, undocumented and uninsured immigrants challenge cities and states

January 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Aging, undocumented and uninsured immigrants challenge cities and states

As with the rest of America, the population of people living here illegally is aging and beginning to develop the same health problems that plague senior citizens generally and are a lot more expensive to treat: chronic diseases, cognitive disorders and physical injuries.

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In opioid epidemic, states intensify prescription drug monitoring

January 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
In opioid epidemic, states intensify prescription drug monitoring

At least 39 states are insisting that health professionals use the systems, known as prescription drug-monitoring programs, or PDMPs, to analyze each patient’s prescription drug use before writing another prescription for highly addictive drugs such as Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin.

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Wrecked and Retching: Obscure vomiting illness linked to long-term pot use

January 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Wrecked and Retching: Obscure vomiting illness linked to long-term pot use

An obscure syndrome called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome affects a small population — namely, a subset of marijuana users who smoke multiple times a day for months, years or even decades.

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Sleep aids aren’t safe for older adults, but 1 in 3 still take them

December 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Sleep aids aren’t safe for older adults, but 1 in 3 still take them

A new national poll finds that many people 65 and older take prescription sleep aids — even though guidelines warn against it. What the findings mean for patients and providers.

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