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A new link creates two-way access to the state registry that documents the type of medical care sick and frail patients want — or refuse.
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A Washington state man inherited the mutated gene that stole his mother’s mind. He doesn’t have the disease, and doctors don’t know why.
Happy doesn’t always mean healthy. These older adults are still finding joy in spite of their physical challenges.
Investigators in the the Health and Human Services Inspector General’s Office have been auditing cases of abuse in nursing homes. They issued an “early alert” on their finding because the situation was so dire.
An emergency department at New York-Presbyterian Hospital trains staff to recognize signs of elder abuse and help victims.
As more patients receive hospice care at home, some of the powerful, addictive drugs they’re prescribed are ending up in the wrong hands.
The infectious disease specialists are making the case that taking the drugs once they are not needed may be helping lead to antibiotic resistance. In other public health news, some big-name companies are working to destigmatize mental health problems, Amazon recalls some solar eclipse glasses, music may help some dementia patients and articles on the benefits of work and alcohol.
A long history of racism and cruel experimentation in health care are among the reasons African-American families oppose donating patients’ brains for study.
Only about a third of U.S. adults have advance directives in place to guide the care they receive in the event that they are unable to make their own decisions about life-sustaining medical treatments.
An end-of life-planning website can encourage patients to tackle that difficult topic before they become too ill to communicate, according to a new study. But they may be more likely to make concrete plans with help from a doctor or social worker.
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From slick videos to digital “time capsules,” folks have new ways to “stay alive” long after they die.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services delays the rule by six months. In other news on the agency, its Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program awarded bonuses to some lower-rated facilities, the Government Accountability Offices finds.
Living a vital, active life well into your 90s requires positive thinking and activity.
One flew a plane at 97; the other went to college at 92. But these two friends are proudest of their legacies of kindness.
Some jurisdictions are opting to use general fund money to cover costs for necessary services, while others are selling the facilities to private companies. Also, the top complaint among nursing home residents is eviction.
Despite a culture clash and lack of time and training, ER doctors see how palliative care averts suffering for elderly patients with serious illnesses.
Ombudsman’s offices represent long-term care residents on issues such as admissions and discharges, food, physical environment and abuse.
One company aims to shift views on the devices from being a sign of aging to “something that’s hip and cool,” as Congress considers a bill that would urge the FDA to allow hearing aids to be sold in drug stores.