Healthcare Education

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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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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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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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Medicare Coverage, Do You Know What It Does, Does Not Cover?

Medicare coverage, contrary to what many people think, does not cover every health need of senior citizens. While it does pay for many things, nevertheless, it’s your responsibility to brush up on what is and what is not covered by the plan.   The items currently paid by Medicare are hospital care, doctor visits, lab…

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high drug cost

High Cost Drug Prices Reined In By The States

The high cost drug prices continue to be a problem for U.S. consumers. But now, several States have heard the complaint of its’ citizens and are taking measures to lower drug costs.       High Cost Drug: Relief In 21 States So far in 2019, new laws, provisions in state budgets and executive orders…

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arranging meaningful activities

Arranging Meaningful Activities For Alzheimer’s Patients

Arranging meaningful activities for Alzheimer’s patients can be a challenge. People with this disease need to be active and do things they enjoy. However, keep in mind that it’s not easy for them to plan their days and do different tasks.   Some symptoms of the disease are fearfulness, being quiet, or just withdrawn. You…

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eating plans

Eating Plans: So Many Diets, Which One Is Best For Me?

Eating plans are everywhere you look. For example, there is low carb, low fat, Mediterranean, keto, vegetarian — and many, many more. It seems that not a day goes by without someone coming out with a brand new diet plan. To say this is confusing is an understatement. Meanwhile, Americans are getting fatter and fatter.…

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