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Researchers uncover reasons for decreasing sleep quality as we age

Researchers uncover reasons for decreasing sleep quality as we age

Researchers from the United States have shed light on why people experience more fragmented sleep as they grow older. [More]
Viewpoints: Threat to drug development; GOP's Obamacare criticism tempered; finding doctors for seniors

Viewpoints: Threat to drug development; GOP's Obamacare criticism tempered; finding doctors for seniors

An invasive species has been introduced into the U.S. health innovation ecosystem, with a growing danger of permanent damage to the development of specialty drugs. [More]
Hartford/VA Scholars Program selects three geriatric social work researchers

Hartford/VA Scholars Program selects three geriatric social work researchers

The prestigious Hartford/VA Scholars Program has selected three geriatric social work researchers for a two-year award that provides career development and mentorship for projects that will improve health outcomes not only for older veterans, but for all older adults. [More]
Combination of NASBA and real-time qPCR detects aspergillosis with 100% accuracy

Combination of NASBA and real-time qPCR detects aspergillosis with 100% accuracy

The fungal infection invasive aspergillosis (IA) can be life threatening, especially in patients whose immune systems are weakened by chemotherapy or immunosuppressive drugs. Despite the critical need for early detection, IA remains difficult to diagnose. [More]
Researchers awarded $3.3 million NIH grant to study role of genetics in protecting against frailty

Researchers awarded $3.3 million NIH grant to study role of genetics in protecting against frailty

Frailty is a common condition associated with old age, characterized by weight loss, weakness, decreased activity level and reduced mobility, which together increase the risk of injury and death. Yet, not all elderly people become frail; some remain vigorous and robust well into old-age. [More]
PSAL students to receive free comprehensive health screening at HSS

PSAL students to receive free comprehensive health screening at HSS

It's a parent's worst nightmare, and it happens out of the blue. While playing a sport, often football, a teen athlete collapses on the field and doesn't make it. [More]
Home based medical care for frail elders reduces Medicare costs by 17%

Home based medical care for frail elders reduces Medicare costs by 17%

MedStar Washington Hospital Center geriatricians found that when medical care for frail elders with advanced illness shifts to the home, total Medicare costs were reduced by 17 percent during a two-year period. [More]
Commonly used lipid-lowering drug protects against cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury

Commonly used lipid-lowering drug protects against cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury

In addition to its lipid-lowering effect, statins exert anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects as well. [More]
New project aims to develop unique database on frailty and dementia

New project aims to develop unique database on frailty and dementia

What is the relationship between frailty and dementia? Many studies acknowledge that frailty and dementia often coexist, but little research has been done on why that is the case. [More]
Anti-cholinergic drugs could be responsible for decline in cognitive, physical function in elderly patients

Anti-cholinergic drugs could be responsible for decline in cognitive, physical function in elderly patients

Drugs widely prescribed to the elderly could be responsible for a decline in cognitive and physical function according to research from the University of East Anglia and the Regenstrief Institute. [More]
First Edition: July 29, 2014

First Edition: July 29, 2014

Today's headlines include coverage of the latest Medicare trustee report and the details of the veterans care legislation on Capitol Hill. [More]
Mercy achieves national ranking for specialty care, earns No. 2 rank in Maryland

Mercy achieves national ranking for specialty care, earns No. 2 rank in Maryland

Mercy Medical Center has been ranked nationally in three adult medical specialties (Gynecology, Orthopedics, and Neurology/Neurosurgery), named a high performer in six key adult specialties, and further recognized as the #2 hospital in the State of Maryland for 2014-15 by U.S. News & World Report. [More]
Study: Slow walking, memory complaints may predict future dementia

Study: Slow walking, memory complaints may predict future dementia

A study involving nearly 27,000 older adults on five continents found that nearly 1 in 10 met criteria for pre-dementia based on a simple test that measures how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints. [More]
Hour-long educational coaching session reduces re-admission odds, cost for Medicare patients

Hour-long educational coaching session reduces re-admission odds, cost for Medicare patients

A new study in Journal of General Internal Medicine reports that an hour-long educational coaching session and two or three follow-up phone calls after a hospital stay reduced re-admission odds by 39 percent among Medicare patients. [More]
EHR algorithms can successfully identify patients with undiagnosed hypertension

EHR algorithms can successfully identify patients with undiagnosed hypertension

A new study authored by Northwestern Medicine- researchers found that reviewing electronic health records (EHRs) using algorithms can successfully identify patients with previously undiagnosed hypertension, or high blood pressure, with a high rate of accuracy. [More]
Mayo Clinic achieves Honor Roll status in U.S. News and World Report's top hospitals ranking

Mayo Clinic achieves Honor Roll status in U.S. News and World Report's top hospitals ranking

Mayo Clinic has achieved the highest honor in U.S. News and World Report's ranking of top hospitals. Mayo Clinic earned more number one rankings than any other provider, ranking number one or number two in 11 of the 12 specialties based on reputation, services and volumes, safety and clinical outcomes. [More]
Mount Sinai Hospital earns top rankings on the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Honor Roll

Mount Sinai Hospital earns top rankings on the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Honor Roll

By earning "top rankings" in six out of 16 medical specialties, The Mount Sinai Hospital achieved "Honor Roll" status in this year's U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" guidebook. [More]
Memorial Sloan Kettering ranked number one cancer hospital in the U.S.

Memorial Sloan Kettering ranked number one cancer hospital in the U.S.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is proud and honored to announce it has been named the number one hospital for cancer care in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in its annual listing of Best Hospitals. Since the inception of the revered list 25 years ago, MSK has held either the first or second spot each year. [More]
Cedars-Sinai named to Honor Roll in America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

Cedars-Sinai named to Honor Roll in America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

With 12 medical specialties rated among the finest in the nation, Cedars-Sinai has been named to the Honor Roll in the 2014-15 issue of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. [More]
UH Case Medical Center named one of nation's top hospitals

UH Case Medical Center named one of nation's top hospitals

University Hospitals Case Medical Center has once again been named one of the nation's top hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals rankings. UH Case Medical Center was ranked in all 12 methodology-ranked specialties for the third year in a row and in the Top 20 in four specialties - Cancer, Gastroenterology, Ear, Nose & Throat, and Orthopaedics. [More]