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Antibiotic Awareness Week Is November 18-24, 2019

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Antibiotic Awareness Week is observed this week in the United States, November 18th through the 24th. The purpose is to highlight the steps everyone can take to improve antibiotic prescribing and use. Antibiotic Awareness Week: Why It’s Important Antibiotics save lives and are critical tools for treating a number of common and more serious infections,…

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Does Your Flu Shot Last Through To Next Year Or Not?

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Friends, it’s flu shot season again — time to roll up your sleeves and get that winter protection against this miserable virus. Even though most of us are troopers, and we get this vaccine every year, many of us still hesitate.   Why is that? I guess it’s because many of us still get the…

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National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The month of November is known as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan made that designation in 1983 and it is something that is still recognized today. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at that time there were less than two million people with the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that leads to memory,…

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November Is National Family Caregivers Month, Say Thank You


November is designated as National Family Caregivers Month. It is a time to recognize and salute family caregivers across the country — for their dedication, hard work and self-sacrifice. This year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock.”   President Clinton signed the first National Family Caregivers Month Presidential Proclamation in 1997. Since then, every President…

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Elderly Prescription Drug Costs Are Double The Inflation Rate


Elderly prescription drug costs were at double the inflation rate as of the latest 2017 released statistics.   The average annual cost for widely used prescription drugs used to treat chronic conditions was nearly $20,000 in 2017. These statistics are based on an analysis of retail prices of 754 brand-name, generic, and specialty medicines.  …

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Medicare Enrollees Hospital Re-Admissions For Same Infection Soar

Medicare enrollees hospital re-admissions for the same infection they were originally hospitalized for — is soaring, a new study shows.   Researchers at the University of Michigan evaluated 320,000 hospital discharge records for Medicare patients, aged  65 and older and found that 2.5 percent returned to the hospital within a month. The reason for the quick…

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House Bill Vote To Lower Prescription Drug Prices Up For Vote

Finally, after much talk-talk and delays, a bill that lowers prescription drug prices for Medicare Part D enrollees was sent to the full House of Representatives for a vote. The bill requires the program to negotiate prices and cap out-of-pocket costs.   The Ways and Means Committee approved HR 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now…

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Hot Flashes Linked To Heart Disease In Senior Women

Hot flashes are an annoying and often painful symptom of menopause. But, now comes news that these hot flashes may be more serious than previously known. The intense heat, pain and flushed cheeks is a warning sign of health problems down the road, according to new research.   The study was released at the North…

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Recommendations For The Elderly and Their Relatives

This article was writted exclusively for our Split Rock Rehab readers, by our friend, Melisa Marzett who also writes articles for, an academic website. The aging process is long, starting with a gradual decrease in the functional capabilities of the human body. There are three stages of this period, which are elderly age –…

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Biotech Food Engineered For Better Health Is Here

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Biotech food that has been engineered to remove ingredients that can be harmful to your health is now available for purchase. The first foods expected to be available are salad dressings and granola bars. These items will contain soybean oil that has been genetically altered to remove ingredients harmful to your heart.      …

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