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Seniors & Children – Win Win

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The tremendous mutual benefits of having young children visit nursing homes.

 

Statin – Memory Loss

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Study Questions Statin, Memory Loss Connection

The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Beginning treatment with a statin was associated with a nearly fourfold increased risk of developing acute memory loss within 30 days in a retrospective cohort study, but a similar increase in risk was seen in patients starting non-statin lipid-lowering drugs.

Compared with non-users, both statin and non-statin lipid-lowering drug (LLD) use was found to be associated with acute memory loss in the weeks following treatment initiation, but there was no difference in memory loss when statins and non-statins were compared with each other, researcher Brian L. Strom, MD, of Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., and colleagues wrote online June 8 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Blindness – A Different Perspective

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If you watch this video the next time you see a blind person you will have a better understanding of their world.

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FDA Approves Inhaled Insulin

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FDA APPROVES INHALED INSULIN
Authored by Stephanie McClain Riddle PharmD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an inhaled insulin product in June of this year. The new product is called AFREZZA and is manufactured by MannKind, based in California. The approval of the inhaled insulin product is viewed as a promising treatment option for patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This is not the first inhaled insulin. A similar product called EXUBERA, researched and developed by Pfizer and marketed in September 2006, was removed from market by Pfizer in October 2007 due to poor sales. Some product issues that contributed to the market failure of Exubera have been addressed in the formulation and delivery mechanism of AFREZZA, the new inhaled insulin product.

E-Cigarettes

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E-Cigarettes: A Safer Alternative?
Stephanie McClain PharmD

The use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, is rapidly growing in all age groups in the United States and worldwide, including both regular cigarette smokers and non-smokers. The growing popularity of vaping, or using an e-cigarette, is highly controversial among the healthcare, scientific, and political community.

Dying Shouldn’t Be So Brutal

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This is an excellent article that should be read by all who are nearing the end of life and their loved ones.
By Ira Byock, a palliative care physician and the director of the Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services, is the author of “The Best Care Possible.”
The article is too long to be displayed here but you can download it by clicking 

End of Life.

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Amazing 3 D Printing for Surgery

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A 3-D printer used by researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute creates a model vascular network.

The following is an excerpt from the New Yorker article.

In February of 2012, a medical team at the University of Michigan’s C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital, in Ann Arbor, carried out an unusual operation on a three-month-old boy. The baby had been born with a rare condition called tracheobronchomalacia: the tissue of one portion of his airway was so weak that it persistently collapsed. This made breathing very difficult, and it regularly blocked vital blood vessels nearby, including the aorta, triggering cardiac and pulmonary arrest. The infant was placed on a ventilator, while the medical team set about figuring out what to do. The area of weak tissue would somehow need to be repaired or replaced—a major and dangerous operation in so small a patient. The team consulted with the baby’s doctors at Akron Children’s Hospital, in Ohio, and they soon agreed that they had just the right tool for this delicate, lifesaving task: a 3-D printer.

It is too long to post here, however, to download it
click 3 D Printing.

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Nursing Home – When Is It Time

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Is it Time for a Nursing Home?
When is it time to consider a nursing home?
From Parent Giving

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging reports, “of the almost 6 million adults age 65 and over with long-term care needs, only 20% receive care services in a nursing home or other institutional setting, with the remaining 80% receiving assistance at home and in the community.” So how do you know when it’s time to make that move from home care to a nursing facility? One way is using a tool called the activities of daily living (ADL). It’s an assessment of the tasks required for self-care. So in short, a nursing home might be in order when in-home care or an assisted living care facility is no longer enough to meet a senior’s needs.

Old Age – A Discussion

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The Unspoken Diagnosis: Old Age – a NY Times Article
By Paula Span

Dr. Alexander K. Smith is a brave man.

It has taken physicians a very long time to accept the need to level with patients and their families when they have terminal illnesses and death is near — and we know that many times those kinds of honest, exploratory conversations still don’t take place.

Falling Prevention

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Fall Prevention Awareness: The Importance of Home Safety Steps

By Peter Ross CEO and co-founder of Senior Helpers

With the holidays around the corner, many families will welcome elderly loved ones. But did you know your home could be dangerous for seniors? In fact, the home is the most common place people take a fatal fall. One out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year—and this week alone, more than 30,000 Americans over the age of 65 will be seriously injured from a fall.

Seniors Looking Forward

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What Happens When We All Live to 100
An excellent article from The Atlantic

It’s too long to read here so we suggest you download it here and print it.

A few Excerpts

Medicare Costs

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How to Rein in Medicare’s Runaway Costs

This sums up the basic problem. The patient has no idea what the costs are and the government doesn’t care.

Among the surprises nestled in the recent release of Medicare payment data was this head-scratcher: Of the 50 physicians who got the most Medicare money in 2012, almost half were ophthalmologists. Part of the reason for that may be questionable billings. But it also results from Medicare doctors’ perverse incentive to choose more expensive drugs than necessary.

Reversing Paralysis

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‘THERE IS HOPE’ Reversing paralysis

Device restores some function for 4 men with spinal injuries

Special for USA TODAY by Karen Weintraub

Paralysis may not last forever. In a “staggering” experiment, researchers at the University of Louisville and the University of California-Los Angeles restored voluntary movement to four men who were told they would never move their legs again.

New Hip – What’s the Cost

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How Much Do Medical Devices Cost?

Doctors Have No Idea

By John Tozzi BloombergBusinessweek

Smog Eating

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A Bloomberg BusinessWeek article. A Building Designed to Eat Smog

There’s a building in Mexico City that “eats smog.”