Regional/National Health Tips

  • Nursing Homes And Adult Care Centers Deal With Mental Health Issues Families with mentally ill members have “mixed feelings” about a New York court decision on adult homes. Meanwhile, Illinois officials admit to errors in mixing mentally ill criminals with seniors in nursing homes. The
  • Juggling Boosts Brain Connections Researchers the UK found that learning to juggle boosts brain connections by making structural changes in the white matter of the brain. They hope the study will help develop new treatments for diseases such as multiple sclerosis where central nervous system pathways have become degraded.
  • Geography, Education And Economic Status Affect Treatment For Early Invasive Breast Cancer According to a new study published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, although breast-conserving surgery (BCS), commonly known as lumpectomy, is increasingly being used to treat older women with nonmetastatic invasive breast cancer, there are still significant socioeconomic and geographic disparities in the use of this type of therapy.
  • Cancer Drug Is No Different In Effectiveness As Gold Standard Treatment For Macular Degeneration Investigators from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and the VA Boston Healthcare System have shown, at 6 months in a small group of patients, that there is no difference in efficacy between Bevacizumab (Avastin) and Ranibizumab (Lucentis) for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
  • Fibrocell Science, Inc. Reports Outcome Of FDA Advisory Committee Meeting On Azfibrocel-T For Wrinkles Fibrocell Science, Inc. (OTCBB: FCSC) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee reviewed azfibrocel-T, an autologous cell therapy being investigated for the treatment of moderate to severe nasolabial fold wrinkles in adults. The committee voted 11 yes to 3 no that the data presented on azfibrocel-T demonstrated efficacy, and 6 yes to 8 no that the data demonstrated safety, both for the proposed indication.
  • Boosting Motivation And Improving Health In Older Adults, With The Use Of A Simple Tool Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have identified a tool, the “Getting-Out-of-Bed (GoB) measure” to assess motivation and life outlook in older adults. The study, which appears in the October issue of the /iJournal of Psychosocial Oncology, shows that the tool has the potential to be an easy-to-use measure to bolster motivation and thus, improve health behaviors and outcomes in the growing population of older adults.
  • Older Cancer Sufferers Need Treatments Tailored To Their Aging Immune Systems Elderly cancer patients need a combination of treatments tailor-made to their specific needs to successfully combat the disease. The challenge is to boost their immune response to cancer vaccines, because like the rest of our organs, our immune system ages and gradually becomes less efficient as we get older. Dr.
  • More Than Two Million Seniors Treated For Falls In Hospital Emergency Departments Hospital emergency departments treated more than 2 million seniors for broken bones, head wounds, cuts and other injuries caused by falls in 2006 at a cost to hospitals of approximately $7 billion for emergency and subsequent inpatient care, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among Americans aged 65 and older.
  • Elderly Immune System Needs A Boost Older cancer sufferers need treatments tailored to their aging immune systems Elderly cancer patients need a combination of treatments tailor-made to their specific needs to successfully combat the disease. The challenge is to boost their immune response to cancer vaccines, because like the rest of our organs, our immune system ages and gradually becomes less efficient as we get older. Dr.
  • Retired Arizona Nurse Among 10 Americans Chosen To Receive National Award For Her Work To Address The Needs Of Elderly Native Americans The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced its selection of Frances Stout, a retired registered nurse and chairperson of the Tohono O’odham Nursing Care Authority (TONCA) in Sells, Ariz., to receive a Community Health Leaders Award. She is one of 10 extraordinary Americans who received the RWJF honor for 2009 at a ceremony at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.
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