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Tax credits for ramps, grab bars help seniors stay home

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Tax credits for ramps, grab bars help seniors stay home

By Jenni Bergal Stateline Wheelchair ramps are among the home modifications that older adults may need to stay where they live. Several states have considered bills that would give tax credits to residents who make their homes more accessible. Most seniors and aging baby boomers want to remain in their homes as they grow older. […]

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As for-profit companies move into elder care, some worry

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
As for-profit companies move into elder care, some worry

By Sarah Varney Kaiser Health News DENVER — Inside a senior center here, nestled along a bustling commercial strip, Vivian Malveaux scans her bingo card for a winning number. Her 81-year-old eyes are warm, lively and occasionally set adrift by the dementia plundering her mind. Dozens of elderly men and women — some in wheelchairs, […]

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Wildfire safety tips from the CDC

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Wildfire safety tips from the CDC

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed a state of emergency for 20 counties in response to multiple wildfires in Eastern Washington threatening homes, businesses, public infrastructure and natural resources. Inslee toured the Spokane-area fires this morning. The proclamation covers Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend […]

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Drug and device makers pay thousands of docs with disciplinary records – ProPublica

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Drug and device makers pay thousands of docs with disciplinary records – ProPublica

By Jessica Huseman ProPublica Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are continuing to pay doctors as promotional speakers and expert advisers even after they’ve been disciplined for serious misconduct, according to an analysis by ProPublica. One such company is medical device maker Stryker Corp. In June 2015, New York’s Board for Professional Medical Conduct accused orthopedic […]

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Harried doctors can make diagnostic errors: They need time to think

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Harried doctors can make diagnostic errors: They need time to think

By Vineet Chopra, assistant professor of internal Medicine and research scientist, and Sanjay Saint, professor of medicine, University of Michigan From TheConversation.com When a person goes to the doctor, there’s usually one thing they want: a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, a path toward wellness can begin. In some cases, diagnoses are fairly obvious. But […]

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Public health officials seek to identify sepsis before it becomes deadly

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Public health officials seek to identify sepsis before it becomes deadly

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News After Rory Staunton fell at the gym and cut his arm in March of 2012, the 12-year-old became feverish and vomited during the night, complaining of a sharp pain in his leg. When his parents called his pediatrician the next day, she wasn’t worried. She said there was a […]

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Government-protected ‘monopolies’ drive drug prices higher, study

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Government-protected ‘monopolies’ drive drug prices higher, study

By Sydney Lupkin Kaiser Health News The “most important factor” that drives prescription drug prices higher in the United States than anywhere else in the world is the existence of government-protected “monopoly” rights for drug manufacturers, researchers at Harvard Medical School report today. The researchers reviewed thousands of studies published from January 2005 through July […]

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Getting better data on which drugs are killing people

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Getting better data on which drugs are killing people

By Christine Vestal Stateline AUBURN, Ala. — As the opioid epidemic surges, Alabama’s toxicologists are testing more blood samples from overdose victims to determine what drugs were in their bodies. But the results of those costly and time-consuming tests are not always ending up on death certificates. More often than not, when overdose victims are […]

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Emergency preparedness for people with diabetes – Tips from CDC

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Emergency preparedness for people with diabetes – Tips from CDC

From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Living with diabetes requires a lot of scheduling and planning, so emergencies or natural disasters can be a big problem. Be prepared for emergency situations with these resources. Being Prepared for a Disaster When You Have Diabetes[PDF-167KB]Use this tip sheet to help you build a plan, […]

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Research Check: Do we really need to do five times as much exercise as we’ve been told?

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Research Check: Do we really need to do five times as much exercise as we’ve been told?

From TheConversation.com Brigid Lynch: Senior Research Fellow, Cancer Council Victoria Paul Gardiner: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Healthy Ageing The University of Queensland For decades, public health guidelines around the world have recommended adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days of the week. This is roughly equivalent to 150 minutes of […]

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