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‘High-Intensity’ Hospitals Save More Elderly After Surgery: Study

October 1, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Hospitals that pull out all the stops to rescue surgical patients in crisis are slightly better at saving lives, but the cost of such heroism is questionable, a new study suggests.
Highly aggressive hospitals are about 5 percent better at saving elderly patients with life-threatening complications [...]

Jealous, Moody Women May Face Higher Alzheimer’s Risk, Study Says

October 1, 2014

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Middle-aged women with a neurotic personality style and prolonged stress may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests.
Tracking 800 women over nearly four decades, Swedish scientists found that those who were most anxious, jealous and moody — which they defined as [...]

Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

September 30, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Medicare should cover low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening for people at high risk for the disease, a coalition of more than 60 patient and medical groups says.
The coalition, which includes the Lung Cancer Alliance, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer [...]

Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer’s Patients, Even as Memory Fades

September 29, 2014

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For those visiting a person with advanced Alzheimer’s, the moment can be bittersweet — will the patient even remember or care that the loved one was there?
Now, a new study suggests that even if people with the mind-robbing illness quickly forget a visit or other event, the [...]

Memory Slips in Senior Years May Signal Dementia Risk

September 24, 2014

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Healthy elderly people who begin reporting memory lapses are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with dementia roughly a decade later, new research suggests.
Evaluating more than 500 seniors, scientists found that those with memory complaints were almost three times more likely to develop mild cognitive [...]

Grief Can Weigh on Immune System in Older Folks, Study Says

September 18, 2014

THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older people become more physically vulnerable during bereavement, new research shows.
That’s because the balance of stress hormones during bereavement changes with age, British researchers say. As a result, older people who are grieving are more likely to have weakened immune systems and develop infections, the study found.
“During the [...]

Healthy Lifestyle Changes Linked to Reduced Risk for Dementia

September 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Managing diabetes, quitting smoking, controlling high blood pressure, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk for dementia — even late in life, according to new research.
The World Alzheimer Report 2014, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International, revealed that diabetes can increase the risk of dementia [...]

Some Benefits of Screening Elderly Women for Breast Cancer Questioned

September 16, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Including women older than 70 in national breast cancer screening programs won’t lead to a sharp reduction in advanced forms of the disease, a new study finds.
In fact, mass breast cancer screening programs could result in older women being overdiagnosed and overtreated, the Dutch researchers reported.
So, the decision [...]

Not Everyone With Alzheimer’s-Linked Protein Develops Dementia: Study

September 15, 2014

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The human brain may have a way to compensate for the build-up of a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. That could help explain why some older people who have beta-amyloid deposits do not develop dementia, California researchers report.
“This study provides evidence that there is plasticity or compensation [...]

ER Patients Often Confuse Role of Emergency Contacts

September 12, 2014

FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When a doctor requests emergency contact information, emergency room patients often assume they’re being asked for the person they’d like to make medical decisions for them, a new study indicates.
But, that’s a role that must be designated in a legal document called an advance directive.
Ninety-five percent of patients [...]


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