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SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE SPEEDS UP BIOLOGICAL AGING, STUDY FINDS

The negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle are well known, but young professionals are not the only ones affected. New research investigates the impact of low physical activity on the biological age of elderly women. New research suggests that a sedentary lifestyle accelerates biological aging in seniors.


SIGNIFICANT MINORITY' OF DUTCH PUBLIC BACKS EUTHANASIA FOR ELDERLY

Physician-assisted suicide has been legal in The Netherlands since 2002, where doctors can legally help patients die if the request is voluntary, has been well thought out and if the patient is suffering with no hope of improvement. This recent study, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, explores to what degree the public agrees with the right for older people - who do not have a serious medical condition and who have a wish to die - to receive physician-assisted suicide.


ARMED FORCES 'MORE LIKELY TO HAVE HAD ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES'

Adverse childhood experiences can result in severe health consequences for adults. It is established that they can lead to behavioral changes such as attempted suicide and substance abuse, but a new study is suggesting that, for some people, enlisting with the military could be a way to escape adversity.


MRI SHOWS LONG-TERM EFFECT OF BLAST-INDUCED BRAIN INJURIES

New research being presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, IL, this week shows how a highly sensitive type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can reveal the long-term impact of blast-induced brain injuries in soldiers. Called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), the MRI method identifies tiny injuries in the structure of white matter in the brain.


TOURS OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN HIGHLIGHT THOSE SOLDIERS AT HIGHEST SUICIDE RISK

Researchers have analyzed data from 9,791 Army personnel who attempted suicide during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, identifying risk factors for enlisted soldiers and officers. Officer ranks in the Army were at much lower risk for suicide than regular enlisted soldiers. According to the study in JAMA Psychiatry, from 2004 through 2009, the Army experienced the longest sustained increase in suicide rates relative to the other US military branches (Navy, Marines and Air Force).


WHAT PTSD INTERVENTIONS ARE BEST FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL? STUDY INVESTIGATES

A recent study, the largest of its kind, investigated ways to ease post-traumatic stress disorder in active-duty military service members; the researchers pitted group therapy against individual therapy. Interventions for PTSD have not been widely tested on military personnel. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs in people who have experienced a significant terrifying event in their life.


NEW CLASS OF DRUGS TAKE 'BIG FIRST STEP' TOWARD SLOWING THE AGING PROCESS

The results of a new study have pushed researchers one step closer to developing drugs that slow the human aging process. Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, FL, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and colleagues have identified a new class of drugs that dramatically improved cardiac function, reduced symptoms of frailty and prolonged the healthy lifespan of mice.


STUDY CHARACTERIZES OLDER ADULTS WHO MAY NEED HELP MANAGING MEDICATIONS

As they get older, some seniors find it gets more difficult to keep track of their medications. However, despite this, not many studies have examined the characteristics of patients likely to experience such problems, nor how widespread it might be. Now, a new study seeks to address this gap in the research.


MOBILITY AIDS: TYPES, BENEFITS, AND USE

A wheelchair is one example of a mobility aid. Mobility aids are devices designed to help people who have problems moving around enjoy greater freedom and independence. Typically people who have disabilities or injuries, or older adults who are at increased risk of falling, choose to use mobility aids.


47 MILLION AMERICANS WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE, CENSUS REPORT

A report by the US Census Bureau this week shows that household income is up, the poverty rate is slightly down for the first time this decade, but the number of people without health insurance went up by 0.5 per cent to reach 47 million in 2006. The Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2006 report draws on information collected in two surveys: the 2007 Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC).


AFFORDABLE CARE ACT LEADS TO IMPROVEMENTS IN YOUNG ADULT HEALTH

A new study suggests that, following increases in the provision of health insurance attributable to the Affordable Care Act, the number of young adults self-reporting with excellent physical and mental health has risen significantly. On September 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act ensured that health plans that cover children must make that coverage available to them until they reach the age of 26.


CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS SUE STATE OVER CUTS

A consortium of California's health care providers is suing the state over its decision to cut 10 per cent of health care payments from July because they say the move will reduce access to care. The news was released to the press yesterday, 5th May. In a move to take control of the state's budget crisis, in February this year California's governor signed a law to cut 1.


CITY OF NEW YORK SUED FOR MULTIMILLION DOLLAR MEDICAID FRAUD BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

The City of New York is being sued by the federal government for Medicaid round-the-clock services for individuals who need assistance with personal care, grooming, house cleaning, bathing, shopping and some other services. In the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, administrators are accused of routinely reauthorizing round-the-clock continuous personal care for individuals who did not undergo local medical evaluations.


COPD EXPERTS WARN MEDICARE PENALTIES WILL HURT VULNERABLE PATIENTS

Lung disease experts say that new policies concerning hospital readmissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will penalize vulnerable patients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services consider the rehospitalization rate of Medicare patients "excessive," with 1 in 5 being rehospitalized within 30 days of being discharged.


DEATH, HOSPITALIZATION RATES HAVE FALLEN AMONG SENIOR MEDICARE PATIENTS

A new study reports that from 1999 to 2013, there have been decreases in mortality, hospitalization rates and inpatient expenditures among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged 65 and above. All-cause mortality among Medicare beneficiaries fell from 5.3% in 1999 to 4.5% in 2013. The study, published in JAMA, investigates health outcome trends in the Medicare fee-for-service population, utilizing data from over 68 million Medicare beneficiaries across the US.


ELDERLY AND DISABLED STD TESTING CONSIDERED BY MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES

Apart from already covering beneficiaries for HIV tests, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service) says it is considering whether to cover screenings for other STDs, such as chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis B, and gonorrhea. CMS is also considering paying for preventive counseling. In the USA approximately 39 million elderly people and 7.


FORMER PRISONERS BENEFIT FROM MEDICAID

In just 1 year, 112,000 people leaving jail or prison have been helped to get health care that they did not previously qualify for, according to a study published in Health Affairs. Many people leaving jail are now eligible for Medicaid. Before the 2014 Affordable Care Act, Medicaid provided benefits only to certain limited groups of low-income people, including pregnant women, children and people with disabilities.


HIGH LEVEL OF WASTE IN HEALTH SPENDING, SAYS MEDICARE AND MEDICAID BOSS

Dr. Donald M. Berwick, head of Medicare and Medicaid until last Thursday, stated that up to 30% of spending on health is wasted with absolutely no benefit to beneficiaries (patients). He added that his agency's cumbersome and archaic regulations are partly to blame. He claims too many resources and too much time is dedicated to things that do not help patients one bit; something doctors are fully aware of too.


HOSPITAL BILLS VARY WIDELY FOR THE SAME PROCEDURE

Hospitals in the U.S. charge prices that can vary by tens of thousands of dollars for the same medical procedures, even within the same states or towns, according to a new report. As part of the effort from the Obama administration to make the health care system more affordable and dependable, Health and Humans Services (HHS) Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, described a three-part initiative yesterday that aids consumers with information on what hospitals charge for which procedures.


LARGEST EVER MEDICARE FRAUD SCHEME BY SINGLE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE BUSTED

A US-wide Medicare fraud scheme aimed to con the system out of $160 million which resulted in a huge security operation - dubbed Diagnosis Dollars - has resulted in over 52 arrests across the country. In the Los Angeles area alone the number of arrests so far have exceeded a couple of dozen. According to security forces, the crime is "the largest Medicare fraud scheme ever perpetrated by a single criminal enterprise".