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Study: Needless tests given to Medicare cataract patients

Study: Needless tests given to Medicare cataract patients
Originally published April 15, 2015 at 4:38 pm
Updated April 15, 2015 at 6:16 pm

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE
The Associated Press

Millions of older people are getting tests they don’t need to prove… Continue reading »

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Sex, Dementia and a Husband on Trial at Age 78

From The New York Times:
Sex, Dementia and a Husband on Trial at Age 78
By PAM BELLUCK

APRIL 13, 2015

There is no question that Donna Lou Rayhons had severe Alzheimer’s.

In the days before being placed in a nursing home in Garner, Iowa, last year,… Continue reading »

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Elder care costs keep climbing; nursing home bill now $91K

Elder care costs keep climbing; nursing home bill now $91K
Nursing home bills keep rising: a year now costs $91K, according to industry survey
Associated Press

By Matthew Craft, AP Business, April 9, 2015

NEW YORK (AP)—The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb.… Continue reading »

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Transforming Nursing Home Care

From The New York Times:
Transforming Nursing Home Care
By Mary Ersek

April 1, 2015 7:00 am

Speak the words “dementia” and “nursing home,” and you’ve exposed two great fears among people in developed countries, where living until 80 or 90 is increasingly common.… Continue reading »

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Psychiatric Drug Overuse Is Cited by Federal Study

From The New York Times:

Psychiatric Drug Overuse Is Cited by Federal Study

By ROBERT PEAR

MARCH 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Federal investigators say they have found evidence of widespread overuse of psychiatric drugs by older Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, and are recommending that Medicare officials take… Continue reading »

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Painkiller Abuses and Ignorance

From The New York Times:
Painkiller Abuses and Ignorance
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

MARCH 2, 2015

The epidemic of deaths and addiction attributable to opioid painkillers continues unabated even as an authoritative new review of scientific studies has found no solid evidence that opioids… Continue reading »

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