Flu Virus Can Survive Up To 48 Hours On Hard Surfaces

The flu virus can survive on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours, says Alison Carey, MD, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Drexel University. You’re surprised, right! You thought you could only catch the flu directly from another person, not so. You can also catch it from just about any hard surface. What’s…

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Medicare Part B Drug Prices Coming Down, Says HHS Azar.

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Medicare Part B drug pricing will be coming down, say HHS Secretary Alex Azar. This is due to the Trunp Administration’s proposal to tie prices for certain Medicare drugs to the prices wealthy countries pay overseas. Secretary Azar claims this plan to be implemented in the future has already changed the dynamic around pharmaceutical prices…

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Congress Intends To Lower Drug Prices In The New Term

Congress, specifically Democrats in the House of Representatives, will introduce legislation in the next few weeks to “drastically” reduce drug prices. Yes, folks, you have heard this before from Congress. Unfortunately for consumers, especially senior citizens on fixed incomes, not only were drug prices not “drastically” reduced last term, the drug manufacturers increased prices right…

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Many Older Workers Involuntarily Forced Out Of Jobs; Age Discrimination?

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Many older workers, about 50% of seniors, aged 50+, were either laid off or forced to leave involuntarily from their long-held jobs, a recent study shows. These results indicate that many of these senior workers will now encounter financial difficulties. This comes at a time when planning for retirement is most important.      …

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Senior Citizen Falls Preventable With These Easy Light Exercises

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Senior citizen falls can be prevented just by doing a few light exercises each day. Unfortunately, each year, 2 million seniors go to emergency rooms to treat fall-related injuries. Even a simple fall to an aged person, can cause a serious fracture of the arm, hand, ankle, or hip.       The key to fall…

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Obesity Caused By Bad Sense Of Smell, New Study Finds

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Obesity is linked to a bad sense of smell, a new study finds. A recent review concludes that obese people have a reduced ability to detect and discriminate smell compared to slim people. Obesity is a medical condition characterized by an excessive amount of body fat. It is affects millions of people worldwide, and obese people are…

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Hearing Loss In Seniors May Be Reversible By Growing New Hair

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Hearing loss in the aged is permanent, but a new treatment that re-grows the important sensory hair cells in the inner ear (cochlea) may reverse hearing loss. Hearing Loss: How The Ear Works The brain interprets sounds is a relatively simple process. a sound enters the ear via sound waves. It then moves down the…

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Diabetes Monitoring Are You Overdoing Your Testing?

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Diabetes monitoring is being over done by people with Type 2 diabetes, a recent study claims. These researchers at the University of Michigan, claim that testing as many as two or more times is excessive and unnecessary.  According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, 30.3 million people in the United States live…

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Senate BIll Authorizes $100 Million For Alzheimer’s Infrastructure

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A Senate bill authorizing $100 million over 5 years to fund an Alzheimer’s infrastructure program has passed in Committee with bipartisan support. It creates a public health infrastructure to combat Alzheimer’s disease. It was passed unanimously by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and now will be considered by the full Senate.  …

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Exercising With Partners More Effective Than Exercising Alone

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Exercising with a partner or a group is much more effective than exercising alone, a recent study shows. Overall, most Americans don’t even reach the minimal exercise amounts recommended by the American Heart Association (AMA). A survey by AARP shows that only 20% of adults exercise to the recommended weekly amounts of physical activity. The…

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