Clinical

Medicare’s telemedicine options change the future for seniors

Nearly 9 in 10 adults ages 40 and over would be comfortable using at least one type of telemedicine for themselves or an aging loved one, says a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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New Jersey refocuses on oversight and care in nursing homes

Legislators were focused on improving oversight and care in nursing homes and of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients Thursday as a string of health care bills got approval in committees this past week.

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Study links antidepressant with increased dementia risk

Study finds people who took a type of drug called anticholinergics were more likely to develop dementia. 

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CDI infections abated by probiotics, according to studies

Probiotics may hold the key to preventing Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) in hospital settings, according to new research published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. 

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Brown University receives $100M donation for brain disease research

One of the largest gifts in Brown University history, from Brown graduate Robert J. Carney and his wife, Nancy D. Carney, is intended to quicken the pace of neuroscience research in R.I., with the potential to develop new treatments and cures for such devastating conditions as Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

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Biotech company awarded grant to fight age-related disorders

Research Triangle Park-based ZenBio has banked a new federal grant aimed at the treatment of age-related disorders. 

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Skilled nursing’s impact on reduced hospitalization

Under considerable pressure to demonstrate their worth as the health care system moves to value-based care, skilled nursing providers are monitoring patients more closely — even after discharge.

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Sick staff should stay home, experts say

Flu-like symptoms typically last about two days on average, according to the CDC. The grey area is the duration when you can still spread the virus.

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Blood tests may show varying dementia risks years before diagnosis

Sudha Seshadri, M.D., founding director of the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer's & Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio, is co-leader and senior author on research announced March 6 that identifies novel biomarkers of risk for future dementia.

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FDA updates standards, improves ability for Alzheimer’s research

A loose standard in place since the 1990s required clinical trials to show that a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease improved patients’ cognition and function.

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