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According to study results posted online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, roughly one-quarter of older adults are discontinuing aspirin during end of life. Researchers note that this discontinuation could be directly related to the unclear role of aspirin at end of life.   “…
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By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News The decision came out of the blue. “Your husband isn’t going to get any better, so we can’t continue services,” an occupational therapist told Deloise “Del” Holloway in early November. “Medicare isn’t going to pay for it.” The therapist handed Del a notice…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Elderly people with diets rich in flavonols - antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables, and tea - may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 921 people without dementia for about six years, starting when they…
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By JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News GOLDEN, Colo. ― The call came the last week of September, when Neil Mahoney could still stagger from his bed to the porch of his mobile home to let out his boisterous yellow Lab, Ryder.   Rodney Diffendaffer, a clinical pharmacist in Longmont, 45 miles away,…
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By JoNel Aleccia  Photos by Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News ITHACA, N.Y. — When she worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, long before cellphone calculators, Susan Saran could perform complex math problems in her head. Years later, as one of its top regulators, she…
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Read how repairing proximal humerus fractures in older adults impacts outcomes By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The precise anatomic restoration of distal radius fractures (DRF) is not associated with improved patient outcomes in older adults, according to data from the WRIST…
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By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Rural seniors hospitalized for certain life-threatening conditions are more likely than city-dwelling peers to die within a month of being discharged and sent to an aftercare facility, a new study suggests. In an analysis of data from more than 2 million U.S.…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Only about one in four patients on Medicare receive cardiac rehabilitation recommended to help them recover from events like a heart attack or coronary bypass surgery, a U.S. study suggests. Among those who do go to cardiac rehab, most don't complete enough…
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By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News Within 10 years, all of the nation’s 74 million baby boomers will be 65 or older. The most senior among them will be on the cusp of 85. Even sooner, by 2025, the number of seniors (65 million) is expected to surpass that of children age 13 and under (58…
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By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Higher rates of surgery for proximal humerus fracture among Medicare beneficiaries are associated with increased costs, adverse events, and mortality, according to new findings in JAMA Network Open. Risks were especially high for older, sicker, or…
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