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Editors' pick: Top 10 infection control stories for 2017

December 21, 2017  |  The I Advance Senior Care Editors
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This year's mandates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on recurring infection rates, new definitions for urinary tract infections in the 2017 RAI User’s Manual and the latest surveillance data on multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) made...

Doing more harm than good

December 21, 2017  |  Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News
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A growing number of healthcare providers are questioning the need for extensive cancer screening for seniors when the tests won’t significantly improve their quality of life. 

The heartbreak of caring

December 18, 2017  |  Kathleen Mears
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Caring can come at a cost for residents and aides, but the hurt is worth it, says SNF resident blogger Kathy Mears.

Wellness coaches help seniors not only survive, but thrive

December 13, 2017  |  Melissa Bailey, KHN
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A Massachusetts retirement community uses coaches to help seniors maintain physical, emotional and spiritual health.

The polypharmacy epidemic

December 12, 2017  |  Kaiser Health News
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Medication management can reduce the number of unnecessary prescriptions, many of which have potentially harmful side effects, and can improve overall health. 

Remembering a milestone

December 11, 2017  |  Kathleen Mears
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Blogger Kathy Mears reflects on the events that eventually led her to living in a nursing home. 

ADA releases 2018 diabetes care guidelines

December 8, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Many of the new care recommendations involve adults with hypertension or cardiovascular disease as well as diabetes.

Flu activity could be earlier, worse than last year: CDC

December 7, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The 2017-2018 flu season is just beginning, but experts hint that it could ramp up earlier and be more severe than usual.

Over-the-counter pain relievers work as well as opioids

December 6, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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A new study finds acetaminophen and ibuprofen relieve pain as effectively as Percocet, Vicodin or Tylenol No. 3, suggesting a pain management option without risk of addiction.

FDA approves, CMS proposes coverage for extensive cancer genomic test

December 6, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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The FoundationOne CDx (F1CDx) is a diagnostic test that can detect gene mutations for cancer, and its potential to help patients has spurred the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to pay for qualifying beneficiaries to be screened. 

Treat hypertension earlier and keep it lower, new guidelines say

December 5, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The first new high blood pressure guidelines in a decade suggest keeping blood pressure lower than previously recommended in order to improve cardiovascular and kidney health in later years.

TENA upgrades to breathable materials

December 5, 2017  |  newswire
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TENA's premium incontinence products, made by Essity, are getting a makepover in breathable materials for better skin health.

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