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Extending ‘Healthspan’: Brain Scientists Tap Into The Secrets Of Living Well Longer

January 2, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — Retired state employees Vickey Benford, 63, and Joan Caldwell, 61, are Golden Rollers, a group of the over-50 set that gets out on assorted bikes — including trikes for adults they call “three wheels of awesome” — for an hour of trail riding and camaraderie. “I love to exercise, and I like …

Get ready for a new year of coverage

December 27, 2019

Learn about your new Medicare coverage and costs, and staying healthy by using preventive services.

Reports Of Patients’ Deaths Linked To Heart Devices Lurk Below Radar

December 24, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration continues to file thousands of reports of patients’ deaths related to medical devices through a reporting system that keeps the safety data out of the public eye. The system is similar to a vast program exposed earlier this year by KHN that kept device-injury reports effectively hidden within the agency. …

Electronic Health Records Creating A ‘New Era’ Of Health Care Fraud

December 23, 2019

The federal government funneled billions in subsidies to software vendors who overstated or deceived the government about what their products could do, according to whistleblowers.(Lydia Zuraw/KHN) This story also ran on Fortune. This story can be republished for free (details). Derek Lewis was working as an electronic health records specialist for the nation’s largest hospital …

Texas Law Highlights Dilemma Over Care For Patients With No Hope Of Survival

December 23, 2019

FORT WORTH, Texas ― Critically ill Tinslee Lewis ― a Fort Worth baby embroiled in a dispute between her family and a hospital over whether to continue life-sustaining treatment ― is the most recent public face of the heartbreaking and intractable dilemmas often confronted quietly in intensive care units. But her circumstances are complicated by …

Government-Funded Day Care Helps Keep Seniors Out Of Nursing Homes And Hospitals

December 23, 2019

SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Two mornings a week, a van arrives at the Escondido, Calif., home of Mario Perez and takes him to a new senior center in this northern San Diego County town, where he eats a hot lunch, plays cards and gets physical therapy to help restore the balance he lost after breaking …

January National Health Observances: Glaucoma and cervical cancer

December 20, 2019

Each month, we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that highlight important health issues affecting people in the United States every day. The NHOs in our January roundup help raise awareness about glaucoma and cervical cancer. To make it easy for you to join the conversation, we’ve provided links to resources you can use to …

Parenting Your Aging Parents When They Don’t Want Help

December 19, 2019

Navigating Aging Navigating Aging focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system. To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, click here. Join the Navigating Aging Facebook Group. See All Columns David Solie’s 89-year-old mother, Carol, was unyielding. “No, …

Use your new Medicare card now

December 17, 2019

By now, you should have your new Medicare card—with your new Medicare Number.  Make sure you bring your card to any appointments with your doctors, so they have your new number in their systems. Doing so will help us process your claims.  You can only use your old card and Medicare Number to get health …

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