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18 03, 2017

Revolving-Door Patients Illustrate Health System Flaws

By | March 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Doctors call them frequent fliers. They are the patients who leave the hospital, only to boomerang back days or weeks later. They have become a front-burner challenge not only for hospitals and doctors but also for those trying to rein in rising costs. Typically elderly and suffering from the chronic diseases that account for 75 percent [...]

18 03, 2017

Convent Focuses On Different Approach To End Of Life Care

By | March 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A focus on end-of-life care emphasizes social and spiritual elements over aggressive medical intervention. The New York Times reports on the phenomenon by examining end-of-life care at an upstate New York convent: "A convent is a world apart, unduplicable. But the Sisters of St. Joseph, a congregation in this Rochester suburb, animate many factors that studies say [...]

18 03, 2017

Partnership Policies for Long Term Care Hold Promise and Pitfalls

By | March 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Medicare, the federal program for older people, covers little long term care. Long term care insurance, which pays benefits for a stay in a nursing home or assisted living facility as well as for home care, could offer some financial security. But in 30 years, it has failed to make substantial inroads, and only about [...]

9 03, 2017

Investigating the Link between Type II Diabetes and Mental Illness

By | March 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A new study out of King's College in London investigates the connection between mental illness and Type II diabetes. What comes first—mental illness or impaired blood sugar metabolism? Researchers from Kings College tried to untangle the causes in the new study. Is the increased risk due to underlying causes of the mental illness? Is it [...]

27 02, 2017

Reasons to Eat Apples Year Round

By | February 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

People have been consuming apples for about 4,000 years, since they were first cultivated in the area of Central Asia now called Kazakhstan. It's great to eat apples year round, considering their many health benefits. They're high in fiber and pectin, vitamin C, beneficial antioxidants, flavonoids, and phytonutrients. In fact, compared to other commonly consumed [...]

27 02, 2017

Doctors and Hospitals Sending Seniors to Nursing Homes for Profit

By | February 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hospitals and doctors are sending patients to nursing homes unnecessarily, and have been for years. It has become the norm. Were you advised that your parent or grandparent had a right to go home when they were in the hospital? Or were you just told they were being "transferred" to a nursing home without being given [...]

25 02, 2017

Who Does Your Doctor Really Work For?

By | February 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the old days of traditional fee-for-service medicine, your doctor clearly worked for you, the patient. If you needed to go into the hospital, your "major medical" insurance plan would cover the inpatient costs, so that you would not go bankrupt due to a medical condition. Otherwise, you paid your doctor, and your doctor worked [...]