Medicare Cuts Will Disproportionately Harm COPD Patients

COPD can be effectively managed through oxygen therapy and sleep therapy to improve outcomes and reduce overall Medicare expenditures. The proper management of COPD in the home is critical to reducing emergency room (ER) visits and hospital readmissions.  Data show long-term use of oxygen therapy measurably reduces readmissions. Despite all of these facts, the CMS…

Colon Cancer Screening: Five Things To Know

Kaiser Health News It’s a predictable passage in life: Hit 50, get lots birthday cards with old-age jokes, a mailbox full of AARP solicitations — and a colonoscopy. But millions of Americans — about one-third of those in the recommended age range for colon cancer screening — haven’t been tested. Some avoid it because they…

Legionnaires’ Disease Making a Comeback – Older Americans are at higher risk for the bacterial pneumonia

Legionnaires’ disease is back on the rise, with several new outbreaks in June alone. A Hawaiian island resort, a Pittsburgh hospital and a Maryland senior-living community are all battling pneumonia-causing Legionella bacteria in their water systems. Older adults are at higher risk for getting sick after breathing in water droplets containing Legionella. Here’s what you…

Beware of unapproved stem cell procedures – UC Davis study looks at businesses selling “stem cell” interventions for variety of injuries and diseases

UC Davis School of Medicine news release At least 351 companies across the United States are marketing unapproved stem cell procedures, according to a new study by a UC Davis stem cell researcher and a University of Minnesota bioethicist. In their paper, Paul Knoepfler and Leigh Turner present an analysis of U.S. businesses engaged in…

Reading, E-Mailing, Singing, and Playing Computer Games: These and Other Leisure Activities May Reduce Post-Surgical Delirium among Older Adults

AGS Health and Aging news Older adults who engage in leisure activities more than 20 times a week are far less likely to experience delirium following certain types of surgery than those who engage in fewer weekly leisure activities, new research suggests. Delirium, or the medical term for experiencing sudden confusion, is upsetting for both…

How are high blood pressure and cognitive decline linked?

Information from the NIH/NIA Studies explore treatments, prevention One in three American adults has high blood pressure, putting them at risk for heart disease and stroke, conditions that are among the leading U.S. killers. High blood pressure (also called hypertension) can also impact brain health in significant ways. Observational studies show that having high blood…

Connection established between anxiety control, inflammation, Type 2 diabetes

Rice News A Rice University study has found a link between emotional stress and diabetes, with roots in the brain’s ability to control anxiety. That control lies with the brain’s executive functions, processes that handle attention, inhibition, working memory and cognitive flexibility and are also involved in reasoning, problem-solving and planning. The study published in…

Overweight COPD Patients Live Longer After Flares – ‘Obesity paradox’ may extend to COPD, small study suggests

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are overweight had better long-term survival than thinner patients following hospitalization for exacerbations in a small retrospective study. In a newly published analysis of outcomes among 57 COPD patients following hospitalization, 5-year overall survival among overweight patients (i.e., with a body mass index [BMI] ?25 kg/m2) was…

Patients With Stable COPD Overuse SABAs – Poor underlying symptom control a probable reason

Nearly half of patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) participating in a prospective, pilot study overused their as-needed short-acting beta-agonist (SABA) bronchodilators. During 3 months of observation, close to one in five (19%) study participants with moderate to severe, but stable, COPD overused their albuterol SABA inhalers more than half of the days….

Long-Dreaded Superbug Found in Human and Animal in U.S.

The antibiotic resistance factor MCR, which protects bacteria against the final remaining drugs of last resort, has been found in the United States for the first time—in a person, and separately, in a stored sample taken from a slaughtered pig. Department of Defense researchers disclosed Thursday in a report placed online by the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy that…

Low salt diets not beneficial: Global study finds

McMaster University news release Salt reduction only important in some people with high blood pressure A large worldwide study has found that, contrary to popular thought, low-salt diets may not be beneficial and may actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death compared to average salt consumption. In fact, the study suggests that…

Surprising mechanism of acid reflux damage identified by UT Southwestern/Dallas VA researchers

UT Southwestern Medical Center news release The “acid” in “acid reflux” may not be the direct cause of damage to the esophagus as previously suspected, according to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Dallas VA Medical Center. For more than 80 years, it has been assumed that stomach acid backing up through the esophagus damaged…

Exacerbations in COPD patients hasten lung function loss

ATS Conference 2016 press release In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), exacerbations accelerated lung function loss, according to a new study presented at the ATS 2016 International Conference. The effect was particularly prominent in those with mild disease. The investigators embarked on their research because previous studies failed to adequately examine if exacerbations…