Posts by Barry

melanoma

Melanoma Cancer Stats On The Rise In Older Adults

Melanoma cancer is on the rise in older adults, according to a new report.   The study, published in the journal JAMA Dermatology, reports a 1.8 percent annual increase of melanoma skin cancer among adults 40 and older. This study was between 2006 and 2015. On the other hand,  rates dropped for younger adults and adolescents.…

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House Vote On Prescription Drug Bill Coming In December

A House vote that that would lower the costs of prescription drugs for Medicare Part D enrollees is now promised for this December. The measure requires the Federal government to negotiate prices and cap out-of-pocket expenses.   The House is waiting for the Congressional Budget office to complete it’s full analysis of the bill.  …

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senior adults

Senior Adults And Driving; When It’s Time To Finally Stop

Senior adults and their driving is a sticky subject to discuss — especially with them. Rarely, will you find a senior adult who thinks he/she should no longer be behind the wheel. Certainly, getting older isn’t necessarily a reason to give up driving, but sometimes it’s clear that it’s time for them to stop.  …

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november

November Is National Diabetes Month, Things To Know

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when citizens should focus on what they can do to stay healthy. This year’s focus is on the link between diabetes, heart disease and stroke.   The statistics are grim. Adults with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as people without…

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house

House Approves More Funding For Older Americans Act

The House of Representatives unanimously approved more funding for the Older Americans Act. This law annually helps millions of senior citizens stay in their homes and receive services such as Meals on Wheels, family caregiver support, and free transportation to medical appointments.         House: What The Law Does For Seniors The existing…

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Aging Seniors Most Vulnerable Age Group To Tech Support Scams

Ageing seniors, 60 years of age and older, are the most vulnerable age group to tech-support scams, according to a recent FTC report.   These ageing seniors are three times more likely than adults ages 20 to 59 to be ripped off by impostors posing as friends or relatives. And older folks were more than…

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Biogen Reverses Course, Asks FDA To Approve Failed Alzheimer’s Drug

Biogen, a United States drug manufacturer, has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to approve their Alzheimer’s drug, Aducanumab. Their request is highly unusual, as it’s the same drug they suspended testing just seven months ago because it was ineffective in Phase-2 clinical trials.   The Biogen announcement, shocked the scientific community and the…

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Osteoarthritis Cure And Treatment Coming Closer To Reality

A cure for osteoarthritis, a painful degenerative joint disease — affecting mostly seniors, may be very near. Currently, 30 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis.   Duke University researchers looked at three molecules, called microRNAs, shared by three animals with regenerative capabilities. They found them in human cartilage as well, with the highest amounts in the…

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Sleep And Memory In The Aging Brain, Why They Forget

Sleep and memory in the aging brain is a fascinating area of research. One reason is that we know, just by observation, that forgetfulness is common in senior citizens. The question is why? Outside of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, what mechanisms trigger normal forgetting in the aged?   New research findings reveal a connection between…

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adult obesity

Adult Obesity Might Be Due To Childhood Sugar Cravings

Adult obesity in the United States today is at epidemic levels. Many factors are responsible, such as poor diets, lack of exercise, and a sedentary lifestyle. Specifically, 15% of adults were obese in 1970. By 2016, that percentage increased to  40%.But, some scientists, like Alex Bentley, head of the Department of Anthropology at the University…

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