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Beta Amyloid Deposits Accurate Predictor Of Future Alzheimer’s Onset

Beta amyloid deposits and excessive daytime sleepiness may be an accurate predictor of future Alzheimer’s onset in senior citizens, according to a recent National Institute On Aging (NIA) study. In the study, senior citizens who normally are active during the day but continuously felt sleepy, showed three times more deposits of beta amyloid compared to…

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Ride Sharing Program For Seniors Improves Their Health

A ride share program for senior citizens improves their health, according to recent data.   In a pilot program between Lyft and the University of Southern California (USC), researchers demonstrated that unlimited free Lyft rides can improve quality of life by a tremendous 90% for seniors.   United Healthcare and the AARP Foundation provided a…

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Aging Seniors More Susceptible To Sleep Deprivation

Aging seniors, 65 years and older, say they experience at least one sleep problem. Insomnia and sleep disorders are, indeed, more prevalent among senior citizens. In general, older people sleep less, wake up and go back to sleep more often, and spend less time in REM sleep compared to younger people.     Aging: Causes…

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CMS Services Can Save 4.6B By Stopping Discharges To Long-Term Hospitals

CMS services can save up to 4.6 billion dollars just by stopping discharges to long-term care hospitals, a new study reported. Patient health would not be adversely affected.   Under the current system, Medicare spending on post-acute care totaled $59 billion in 2014. This is patient care that is usually provided by skilled nursing homes (SNFs),…

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Generic Drugs Can Save Medicare 1 Billion Annually, Boon For Seniors

Going full blast on purchasing generic drugs on 29 of the most expensive brand-name combination drugs would have saved Medicare close to 1 billion dollars in 2016, according to a new study.   The study reports that drug makers prevent generics from taking over by extending their patents and creating new brand-name combination products. Manufacturers…

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Healthcare Professionals Now Legally Require Dementia Training In Massachusetts

Healthcare professionals who treat Alzheimer’s and dementia adults in Massachusetts now must be trained in Alzheimer’s disease under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker.   The Mass Alzheimer’s and Dementia Act addresses what the Alzheimer’s Association calls “the most under-recognized threat to public health in the 21st century,” costing the country $277 billion…

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Multiple Sclerosis Cure Possible With Drug Repair Of Damaged Myelin

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. When this lining, called myelin, is damaged, communication between nerve cells can be interrupted. The result is muscle weakness and problems with coordination and vision. Experts estimate that almost half a…

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Cortisol Levels Now Measured In Sweat By A New Wearable Patch

Cortisol is an extremely important steroid hormone and of the glucose class of hormones. When used as a medication, it is called hydrocortisone. It is produced inside the the adrenal gland and is released in response to stress and low blood-glucose concentration. Cortisol controls many important body functions such as: Manages how your body uses…

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Mouth Ulcers New Self-Adhesive Drug Patch Directly Targets Treatment

Mouth ulcers are currently treated with medications that distribute the medicine over the entire mouth. Consequently, medications may be ineffective as they only offer short contact times between drug and lesion. Moreover, not much of the medication actually touches the ulcer, with the rest dissipating to other areas of the mouth.     Mouth Ulcers:…

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Wristband With Sensors May Improve Lives of Dementia Patients

A wristband with sensors may improve the lives of dementia patients. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin, Germany have developed a sensor and software package that tracks patients with developing dementia. The sensor is encased in a wristband and tracks the disease progression in the patient. It measures the patient’s vital signs, environmental data,…

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