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End-Of-Life Advice: More Than 500,000 Chat On Medicare's Dime

The 90-year-old woman in the San Diego-area nursing home was quite clear, said Dr. Karl Steinberg. She didn’t want aggressive measures to prolong her life. If her heart stopped, she didn’t want CPR. 734 more words

Public Health

Asthma, More Deadly With Age, Takes Heavy Toll On Older Adults

In early June, Donna Bilgore Robins stood on a patio in Beaver Creek, Colo., under a crystal-clear blue sky and tried to catch her breath. 1,206 more words

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Lag In Brain Donation Hampers Understanding Of Dementia In Blacks

OAKLAND, Calif. — The question came as a shock to Dorothy Reeves: Would she be willing to donate her husband’s brain for research?

She knew dementia would steadily take Levi Reeves’ memories of their 57-year marriage, his remaining lucidity and, eventually, his life. 1,530 more words

Public Health

Cuando las heridas no sanan, las terapias pueden costar hasta $5 mil millones

Carol Emanuele venció al cáncer. Pero en los dos últimos años ha estado peleando su batalla más difícil: tiene una herida abierta en la parte inferior de su pie que le impide caminar y que es propensa a una infección mortal. 1,631 more words

Cost And Quality

When Wounds Won't Heal, Therapies Spread — To The Tune Of $5 Billion

PHILADELPHIA — Carol Emanuele beat cancer. But for the past two years, she has been fighting her toughest battle yet. She has an open wound on the bottom of her foot that leaves her unable to walk and prone to deadly infection. 1,881 more words

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Counting On Medicaid To Avoid Life In A Nursing Home? That's Now Up To Congress.

Ten years ago, a driver ran a stop sign as Jim McIlroy rode into the intersection on his motorcycle. Serious injuries left McIlroy paralyzed from the chest down. 1,184 more words

The Health Law

Cómo tener atención médica de largo plazo en el hogar sin caer en bancarrota

La gran mayoría de los adultos mayores reciben atención a largo plazo en sus casas, no en hogares. Pero pocas personas planean con anticipación para enfrentar este gasto. 1,262 more words

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