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Caregivers Rarely Screened for Depression and Anxiety, Study Shows

Early assessment and intervention for mental health issues may help caregivers cope

Caring for a loved one with a terminal illness is exhausting and isolating. In many cases, caregivers are forced to quit their jobs and deplete their savings in order to care for an ailing family member in the home. According … Continue reading

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Study Finds Fewer American Automobile Fatalities Linked to Decreased Driving

Car crash deaths are down, but so is time spent traveling

A new study released by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine concludes that Americans drove less from 2003 to 2014. This decrease in road activity correlated directly with a decrease in automobile fatalities. However, less time spent behind the wheel … Continue reading

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Electronic Health Records Fall Short at Critical Times

Information about end-of-life wishes is often hard to find in an emergency

Over the last decade, the use of electronic health records — digital versions of the traditional medical chart — has become widespread in the United States. Incentivized by the passage in 2009 of the Health Information Technology for Economic and … Continue reading

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Finding Alzheimer’s Drugs is Harder Than You Think

Here's why researchers struggle to find treatments for Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease is a well-known disorder that affects 5.4 million Americans. Yet there are currently only four drugs available that treat its symptoms. Unlike cancer treatments, which are varied, plentiful and targeted to specific forms of the disease, Alzheimer’s drugs are … Continue reading

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Obese Persons Receive Lower-Quality End-of-Life-Care, Study Shows

An article published this week reveals findings from the first study to look at obesity and hospice care

Research published this week in Annals of Internal Medicine reveals that obesity is linked to reduced hospice enrollment rates, fewer in-home deaths and greater Medicare expenditures six months before death. The research was published by John A. Harris, MD, MSc, … Continue reading

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How to Age Alone in the Era of “Elder Orphans”

Fewer Baby Boomers have family and friends to rely on for care

An estimated 22 percent of Americans over the age of 65 are at risk of becoming “elder orphans,” according to a recent study. Elder orphans are individuals who don’t have younger family members, friends or spouses to rely on for … Continue reading

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