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Feds proposes rules for nursing homes, long-term care facilities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a new set of rules for nursing homes and long-term care facilities that participate in federal health insurance programs, including revised standards for employee training and patient safety aimed at stopping elder abuse. The proposal was announced on Monday as part of the White House […]

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Why Medicare coverage could be useful at age 50

By Mark Miller Americans are living longer, so why not lower the eligibility age for Medicare? That prescription might sound upside down: rising longevity often is used as an argument for delaying Medicare eligibility past age 65. However, one of the country’s top experts on geriatric medicine actually thinks Medicare should start covering preventive healthcare […]

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Feds require food industry to phase out artificial trans fats

WASHINGTON — Popular foods like pie crusts, frostings, and microwave popcorn will be largely rid of artery-clogging trans fats after a decision by the Obama administration to phase them out over the next three years. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday ordered food companies to eliminate artificial trans fats, calling them a threat […]

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Weight increases risk for breast cancer in older women

Overweight and obese women are at increased risk of developing breast cancer after menopause, compared to normal-weight women, a large new analysis finds. The cancer risk rises with greater weight, researchers found, and women with the most severe obesity were 86 percent more likely to develop the most common form of breast cancer, and to […]

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Could sleep deprivation hasten biological aging?

DARIEN, IL – A new study suggests that one night of partial sleep deprivation promotes biological aging in older adults. “Our data support the hypothesis that one night of not getting enough sleep in older adults activates important biological pathways that promote biological aging,” said lead author Judith Carroll, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and […]

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Hospice use deterred by doctors, says study

BOSTON — More patients with cancer use hospice today than ever before, but there are indications that care intensity outside of hospice is increasing, and length of hospice stay decreasing. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) examined how hospice affects health care utilization and costs and found that in a sample of elderly Medicare […]

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