Just yesterday I posted about the
United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the fine line they walk between providing evidence-based recommendations for screening tests and making medical specialist groups happy.
Sometimes it just doesn’t happen.
The task force recently gave an
“I” grade to vision screening in patients over 65. An I grade, or Insufficient evidence, means that the task force can’t definitively say that the benefits of … read on I’ve previously posted that Nexium and similar acid-reducing drugs, the PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack .
a new study has confirmed a connection between PPIs and dementia.
The patients receiving regular PPI medication…had a significantly increased risk of incident dementia compared with the patients not receiving PPI medication…
The avoidance of PPI medication may prevent the development of dementia.
I subscribe to the belief that no one should die alone or afraid, and death is a natural part of the life cycle that can be—should be—a sacred, deeply meaningful experience.
Sadly, too often that’s not the case. Our current health care system doesn’t do death well at all. Unless they qualify for hospice, patients and their families are left feeling helpless, confused and afraid. Sometimes angry.
No one expects …
This post if for any of my readers who are Medicare age or about to be Medicare age.
I think it’s important to understand what changes are in the pipeline that will affect your doctors and their ability to be able to treat you.
Some doctors already refuse to see Medicare patients because of government red tape and poor reimbursement.
But starting in 2017 it’s going to get worse, and …
read on A painful but common condition in older adults is shingles or herpes zoster. I’ve known several elderly people afflicted with this, and I will absolutely get the vaccine as soon as I turn 60!
The vaccine, Zostavax, is FDA-approved for ages 50 and up, but
the Cleveland Clinic recently advised that it’s not cost effective for anyone under 60 to get immunized.
Why? Because Zostavax is too expensive. On …
Chronic neck pain can be, well, a pain in the neck.
Usually caused by overuse, poor posture, tension or arthritis—or a combination—neck, shoulder and upper back pain can interfere with almost all routine activities.
But some simple yoga moves can help, and I think this particular YouTube video is great. The moves are well explained, and they can be done either standing or sitting at your desk. And it’s short, …
My father passed away on the Fourth of July. He was 93 years old.
It sounds a cliché to say he was “surrounded by his family,” but he was, and it was an experience none of us in that room will ever forget.
My mother, brother, husband, sister-in-law and four nieces (along with one fiancé and one boyfriend) were all crowded into Dad’s little room at his memory care home.…
read on Change your outlook, change your life
Do you think of yourself as an optimist or a pessimist? Or, like me, a hybrid of the two (hope for the best, but plan for the worst)?
I just finished reading
by Hilary Tindle, MD, MPH, and found it an engaging look at how our outlook can drive our behaviors toward better or … Up: How Positive Outlook Can Transform Our Health and Aging read on
My husband sent me a link to a short Ted Talks video about aging. After watching it, I’m wondering if I’ve been going about aging the wrong way.
The video is about an inspiring woman, Olga Kotelko, who took up amateur track and field at the age of 77. At age 91, she was competing in the long jump! She had more than 50 world records!
How did she think …
A report published last week detailed
how much Medicare spends on prescription medications.
In 2013, Medicare spent $103 billion on drugs. (I’m guessing the total will be more in 2014 and 2015, when they get around to publishing that data.)
Federal officials said they hoped that disseminating the data would lead to new revelations about the prescribing patterns of doctors and for particular drugs.
Dan Mendelson, the CEO of