A new congressional caucus has been formed to focus on the needs of family caregivers in the United States. Read more
In a new report, it seems that antipsychotic drugs are far too often prescribed, particularly to elder dementia patients (i.e. Alzheimer’s disease) in nursing homes. Read more
March is National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and
information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and
National Nutrition Month® focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits. There is no one food, drink, pill or machine that is the key to achieving optimal health. A person's overall daily routine is what is most important. This year’s theme, "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” reflects taking steps for improving your health. Sometimes this is easier said than done, especially when you step out of your daily routine.Travel is one of these situations that take you out of your daily routine. Whether you travel for work or just a trip with family or friends, eating healthy can be done with a little planning. First, take snacks with you in pre-portioned bags. Good items to pack are trail mixes, nuts, dried fruits, whole grain cereal bars, protein bars, peanut butter and crackers, pretzels and popcorn. These items pack well and are foods that will clear security in the airport. If you are traveling by car, pack a small cooler with fresh fruit, low fat yogurt, low fat cheese, hummus, finger sandwiches (homemade pimento cheese is a favorite), bottled water, flavored unsweetened water, fruit or vegetable juice, sparkling juice and unsweetened bottled tea.
Medicare eligible professionals now have until 11:59 p.m. ET on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year. Read more
Older patients need longer hospital stays after hip fractures or risk premature death, researchers assert this week in the British Medical Journal. Read more
For older people who have some trouble getting around, even light activity like household chores may be better for the heart than no activity, according to a new U.S. study. Read more
Medicare and Medicaid patients admitted to Pennsylvania hospitals five or more times in a year cost those programs $761 million, a new report has found, with a disproportionate share needing treatment for mental health disorders — a condition many hospitals are not equipped to handle. Read more
Depending on the lens you view it through, the most recent hospital jobs report is either impressive or unremarkable. Hospitals added a seasonally adjusted 9,600 jobs in January compared to December 2014, reaching a total of 4.82 million, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That's an overall increase of 56,200 total jobs compared to January 2014. Read more
The Obama administration has hired 40 percent more people to help with healthcare sign-ups in the final week ahead of the 2015 deadline for enrolling in health insurance through ObamaCare. Read more
Delirium is a common and troubling symptom for critically ill hospital patients, and medications are often used to ease the condition. But a new study suggests that non-drug alternatives are available. Read more
The combination of a widely used heart medication and a commonly prescribed antibiotic seems to more than double the risk of sudden death in seniors, a new study says. Read more
This blog post is adapted from The Pulse, the health and wellness magazine of Kindred Hospitals of Massachusetts.
While it may be common knowledge that exercise is beneficial to our health, many people assume it’s a timely or exhaustive commitment. In reality, 30 minutes of daily activity is all it really takes. And you can break it up into smaller time increments if you don’t have a solid half hour or more to dedicate to exercise. But think of it like this: there are 1,440 minutes in a day, so 30 minutes is 2% of your day. Bump it up to an hour and it’s still just 4% of your day.
According to the American Heart Association, each hour of exercise can increase your life expectancy by two hours. That could add up to two extra years for adults who begin exercising even as late as middle age. Physically active people also save hundreds of dollars per year on healthcare costs. A small investment of your time and effort can add to your life and your wallet.
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