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Polypharmacy During Final Months of Life Can Be Futile

Many older people are prescribed ten-plus medications during their last months of life

A new study published in The American Journal of Medicine finds that older adults often receive numerous medications of questionable benefit in their final months of life. Previous estimates have shown that between 25 and 40 percent of people aged … Continue reading

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Relief from Osteoarthritis Pain Without Drugs?

A new study out of Belgium shows it may be possible

Osteoarthritis is a painful, debilitating disease that primarily impacts older adults. Although it is not a life-threatening illness, its symptoms can have a serious impact on quality of life. Most osteoarthritis sufferers have some degree of functional impairment. For many, … Continue reading

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Older Transplant Patients Rely Heavily on Organ Donors Over the Age of 65

When it comes to organ donation, biological and chronological age aren't the same

How old is your liver? Your heart? Your kidneys? Many people believe that they’re all the same age, and that as these organs get older, they become less desirable to patients waiting on transplant lists. However, new studies are finding that … Continue reading

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Research Panel Suggests Physical Activity Can Help Prevent and Manage Alzheimer’s Disease

An extensive review of numerous studies led to their conclusion

A panel of researchers and non-government organizational leaders has determined that physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Being physically active can also help manage symptoms of the disease, according to researchers. The study, published by … Continue reading

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Cancer Patients Might Be More Optimistic About Prognosis Than Their Doctors

A small study finds conflicting opinions between doctors and their patients

According to a recent study, the majority of cancer patients believe they will live longer than their estimated prognosis. Researchers found that many patients remain optimistic about their survival chances even after their doctors give them a poor prognosis. Professors at … Continue reading

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Can You Still Depend on 911?

All across the U.S., consolidation and privatization of EMS is having terrible results

We are nearly halfway through 2017, yet many municipalities across the United States are still struggling to recover from the Great Recession of 2008. With their tax bases dwindling, and in some cases nearly gone, dozens of local governments have slashed … Continue reading

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