Health and Medicine for Seniors

Deadly pancreatic cancer cells steered back into normal cells

Ability of treated cancer cells to form tumors greatly diminished in test with mice

Lab mouseApril 20, 2015 - Deadly pancreatic cancer cells were coaxed into reverting back toward normal non-cancerous cells by a protein called E47. The success of this new research provides hope for treatment of this disease that kills 40,000 a year in the U.S. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Breast Cancer to Make Big Jump in U.S. but Some Encouraging Research News

Cancer researchers hear fasting may lower risk, combo drug may break breast cancer resistance, more below; increase in women over 70

April 20, 2015 – The bad news about breast cancer is there are expected to be a 50 percent increase in U.S. cases by 2013, compared to 2011, according to research presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. But there was also a ton of good news among the many research reports being presented that have found encouragement in the fight against this killer of women – primarily senior women. More...

Senior Citizen Politics

White House Conference on Aging gets big boost from Gerontological Society

Society publishes magazine dedicated to this conference that happens every 10 years - conference details below news story

April 17, 2015 – The activist involved in issues of aging in America are working feverishly in preparation for the White House Conference on Aging, which includes the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), which has just published an issue of their magazine that is totally about the conference. More...

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Health and Medicine for Seniors

Most seniors take a daily aspirin if they need it or not

Why do so many older adults gobble down aspirin when it is not recommended by FDA?

April 16, 2015 - More than half of older Americans – those age 45 through 75 – take an aspirin every day, even though this use is not recommended by the Food and Drug Administration for most people who have not yet had a heart attack or stroke. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare's Hospital Compare adds star rating but fails to score with critics

Editor's note: New star rating system gets some hoarse criticism at Kaiser Health News

April 16, 2015 – Medicare’s Hospital Compare website may have added the star rating system today but the new service – well, even the earlier service – is not getting five stars from Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News. His article published today is below. It is a “must read” for senior citizens planning on using the service to choose a hospital. More...

Aging & Longevity

two happy older womenSenior citizens jubilant after a good house cleaning, so the research shows

Keeping their homes maintained more important physically, mentally than where they live, what they own

April 16, 2015 - Senior citizens who keep a clean and orderly home tend to feel emotionally and physically better after tackling house chores. The reason for this jubilance is the exercise it takes to get the job done, according to new findings by a Case Western Reserve University school of nursing researcher. More...


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Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Hospital Compare adds star ratings system

Five gold starsLatest comparison ratings by CMS to help seniors, others compare and choose hospitals, other medical services

April 16, 2015 – How well does your hospital rate with Medicare? Today senior citizens and others can find out online. The famous “star rating” was added today to the Hospital Compare website provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS says this will make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and understand the quality of care they deliver. More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Alzheimer’s study points finger of blame at immune system

art of brain should parts in colorSearch for treatment, cure seems headed in new direction today after Duke study

April 15, 2015 – The search for a cure or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease appears to being going in a new direction today. New research points the finger of blame away from "plaques" and "tangles" and toward a failure of the immune system. More...

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Wealthy seniors to pay more for Medicare under bill passed to fix doctor pay

Medicare’s troubled physician payment formula will soon be history, Congress passed bill and here is what it says

By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News

April 15, 2015 - As expected, the Senate last night easily passed legislation to scrap the formula, accepting a bipartisan plan muscled through the House last month by Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. The Senate vote came just hours before doctors faced a 21 percent Medicare pay cut. More...

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Senior men with history of reflux disease need test for Barrett’s Esophagus

New treatment for common digestive condition Barrett's Esophagus also recommended by landmark study

By Tucker Sutherland, editor

April 14, 2015 – Men over 60 with 10-year history of a serious form of reflux disease should be screened for Barrett’s esophagus, which makes them more likely to develop a rare cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Senior citizens hopeful new therapy can slow age-related macular degeneration

Currently no treatment to stop the advance of AMD, leading cause of vision loss in seniors 65 and older

April 14, 2015 – The leading cause of blindness in senior citizens - age-related macular degeneration – may have met its match. For the first time, there may be a therapy to at least slow the progress of the disease. More

Parkinson's, Alzheimer's & Mental Health

Tango may not cure Parkinson’s but puts new step in their walk

Study looked at changes in patients’ motor abilities following a 12-week tango course

April 14, 2015 – A little tango dancing for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), who are usually senior citizens over 60, may not have improved their motor functions but it did significantly improve their balance and functional mobility. Maybe most importantly, it seemed to encourage greater appreciation of their therapy, improve cognitive functions and reduce fatigue. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Tylenol kills the pain but also keeps you from enjoying it too much

‘Rather than just being a pain reliever, acetaminophen can be seen as an all-purpose emotion reliever’ - popular with many senior citizens; used often for arthritis pain

by Jeff Grabmeier, Ohio State

April 13, 2015 - Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: It blunts positive emotions. More...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Dramatic rise in cost of long term care may shock seniors and their children

Man riding pogo stick up chart of increasing costNew Genworth cost of care study has some good news – home health care cost increasing slower than facility care

April 10, 2015 – For senior citizens it may be hard to not get depressed when reading the latest report from Genworth on the cost of long term care in the U.S. It just keeps on climbing at a pace well above inflation or the growth in Social Security benefits. The 2015 Cost of Care study has one bit of better news, however, the cost of home health care, which most seniors seem to prefer, is rising more gradually than the cost of care in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. More...

Aging & Longevity

Donna Anderson before plastic surgery on faceCan aging face become more likeable, feminine with plastic surgery?

Study in Journal of American Medical Association says there is more to the surgery than looking younger

April 9, 2015 – Senior citizens usually think of facial plastic surgery as a way to look younger. A new study – the first to examine perceptions after plastic surgery – has found it does more than make you look youthful. It concludes that women who have certain procedures are perceived as having greater social skills and are more likeable, attractive and feminine. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicaid mental care for seniors, others may soon match care for physical health

couple concerned about mental health treatment expenseGovernment had previously ordered parity by private managed care insurers, now want rule to activate in government programs

By Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News

April 7, 2015 - A federal law that passed in 2008 was supposed tents had insurance bnefits for mental health and addiction treatment, the coverage was on par with what they received for medical and surgical care. But until now, the government had only spelled out how the law applied to commercial plans. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Advantage, drug plan rates get surprise boost for 2016

flying moneyCMS earlier indicated there would be little if any increase in cost for 2016 as it tries to reduce cost of private plans to match government insurance cost

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April 7, 2015 – Medicare Advantage and drug plan insurance providers got a nice surprise from Medicare this morning – a 1.25 percent rate increase for 2016. Earlier the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had announced it expected a slight decrease for next year. More...

Social Security News

Raising Social Security retirement to 70 makes sense but penalizes the disadvantaged

Survival to age 65 rose to 84.8% and years lived past age 65 increased to 18.9 between 1983 and 2009.

April 5, 2015 - Adjustments to the retirement age have not kept up with increases in life expectancy or healthy lifespan. The age to receive full Social Security benefits should be closer to 70, according to a report published in the journal Daedalus. But, that change would not be good for those with lower life expectancy. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Reducing hip fractures in U.S. senior citizens would cost $2 billion

Study predicts 357,656 lifetime hip fractures after wrist fracture in all U.S. females age 65 and older

By Senior Journal staff

x-ray of hip bonesApril 4, 2018 – Most U.S. senior citizens over age 80 suffer with the steady loss of bone due to osteoporosis, contributing to an estimated 2 million bone fractures each year. A new study finds that routine bisphosphonate drug treatment of women over 65 who sustain a distal radius (wrist) fracture - one of the most common fractures associated with osteoporosis - could significantly reduce the risk for additional fractures... More...

Aging & Longevity

Chronically lonely seniors likely to turn to physicians for social contact

More doctors' office visits by older adults suffering chronic loneliness

April 3, 2015 - Experiences of loneliness and social isolation can lead to increased health care use among seniors, finds new research from the University of Georgia College of Public Health. More...

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Older people threatened by new diarrhea superbug resistant to preventive drug

drug resistant shigellaYoung children, gay men are most common victims of this diarrhea; threat may increase amount adults due to this bugs resistance to preventive drug for adults

April 2, 2015 – A new variety of a bug that already causes about half-a-million cases of diarrhea each year in the U.S. is proving resistant to drugs usually prescribed to protect adults. More

Medicare & Medicaid News

Very poor, very sick elderly do worse in Medicare programs due to circumstances

Study by Medicare-Medicaid insurers say CMS cannot expect same healthcare results as for those from better environments

By Tucker Sutherland, editor

April 1, 2015 – If you are very, very poor and very, very sick – as are most Americans known as “dual eligibles” by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – you are likely to fair worse than others being treated with the same level of care by Medicare healthcare providers. This is the conclusion from a study funded by a healthcare technology company and the Special Needs Plan (SNP) Alliance, a group of companies that offer Medicare-Medicaid insurance plans. More

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