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Single Payer Medicare Plan Pushed By Senator Bernie Sanders

A single payer Medicare Plan is being promoted by Senator Bernie Sanders as he campaigns to become the Democratic presidential nominee. If passed into law, single payer medicare would effectively eliminate the private payer sector. This proposal is very popular among progressives in the Democratic Party.   Critics, on the other hand, contend that it’d…

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Anti Vaxxers Ramping Up Protests Against Gov’t Vaccinations

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Anti vaxxers are increasing their opposition to government mandated vaccinations. What started out as just voicing their protests to the media, has now expanded to loud demonstrations before local and state politicians. The catalyst, of course, is the outbreak and return of the virulent and dangerous measles disease.           Anti Vaxxers:…

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Electric Zapping Senior Citizens Brains Could Improve Their Memory

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Electric zapping key brain areas responsible for learning and memory in senior citizens could improve both functions, according to a recent study.   Shooting electrical current into the brain of seniors for just 25 minutes reversed the decline in working memory that comes with aging. These results offer hope for boosting a mental function that…

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Medicare Plans Will Expand Transportation Services To Seniors

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Medicare plans have rules. Now it intends to make a change that will help senior citizens. Specifically, it will change how it pays for emergency ambulance services for senior citizens. Seniors will have more options besides just going to a hospital emergency department.           Medicare Plans: Seniors Transportation Options Under current…

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Hearing Aids Go High-Tech, Great News For Hearing Impaired

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Hearing aids have gone high-tech and that’s great news for the hearing impaired and for sufferers of tinnitus.   Currently, 20 per cent of Americans suffer from hearing loss, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America. The new high tech hearing aids were recently showcased at a trade show in Las Vegas. One manufacturer,…

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Senior Aged Women Have Higher Risk For Alzheimer’s Than Men

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Senior aged women may have a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease compared to older men, a recent study reports. The older women had higher levels of tau, an Alzheimer’s protein, than same aged men. High levels of the tau protein positively increase the risk for serious brain disease and disability. This research was supported…

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Lewy Body Dementia: Is this The Same As Alzheimer’s?

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Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a disease related to abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein in the brain. These deposits, called Lewy bodies, affect chemicals in the brain responsible for thinking, movement, behavior, and mood.   LBDis one of the most common causes of dementia.   Diagnosing LBD is very difficult as it displays…

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Lilly Pharmaceuticals Is First Pharma Company To Sell Brand As Half Price Generic

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Lilly Pharmaceuticals (LLY) is the first pharma company in the United States to sell one of its brand drugs as a half price generic. The drug is an authorized generic version of their popular Humalog insulin medication.   Lilly’s announcement comes in response to President Trump’s, Congressional and consumer pressure on Big Pharma to lower…

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Pharma Execs Grilled By Senate On High Drug Prices

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Pharma execs were grilled yesterday by the Senate Finance Committee on their consistently high drug prices. Drug prices in the United States are the highest in the world. Incredibly, this is for the same drugs from the same U.S.A. drug companies that sell them for less outside the U.S.   Hardest hit are families on…

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Vitamins D Deficiency Can Lead To Higher Risk For Schizophrenia

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Vitamins D deficiency can increase your risk for schizophrenia, a recent study reports. Vitamins D is called the sunshine vitamin because it plays an important role in keeping your bones strong and healthy. It also is critically important for healthy immune, cardiovascular, and endocrine systems. If you are deficient in vitamins D, you run the…

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