What Is The Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s

By Micha Shalev About 5 million Americans, or 10% of those over 65 years of age, suffer from Alzheimer’s disease according to the Fischer Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. Yet despite the prevalence of this condition there exists a great deal of confusion...

In Determining Blood Pressure, More Measurements Improve Accuracy

In Determining Blood Pressure, More Measurements Improve Accuracy A single measurement doesn’t correctly classify a patient’s hypertensive status, according to an Annals of Internal Medicine study. Department of Veterans Affairs researchers followed some...

Does Your Neighborhood Get You Depressed?

For older individuals, neighborhood characteristics may increase risk for depression, but the effect is modest. Specific residential and neighborhood attributes have been associated with individuals’ physical and emotional health. To assess neighborhood social...

Are You a Hospital Inpatient – Must Read

Medicare Beneficiary Alert: Are You a Hospital Inpatient? If you are a Medicare beneficiary, Medicare can pay for up to 100 days of care in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) such as a nursing home. Unless you are in a Medicare Advantage plan which allows otherwise, to...

FDA approves Victrelis for Hepatitis C

FDA NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: May 13, 2011 Media Inquiries: Erica Jefferson, 301-796-4988, erica.jefferson@fda.hhs.gov Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Victrelis (boceprevir) to treat certain adults with...

New Technologies Reveal New Melanoma Genes

Whole-exome sequencing brings to light a novel oncogene, a tumor-suppressor gene, and new melanoma pathways. The ability to decode the human genome through sequencing has provided new insights into all diseases, cancer in particular. On the assumption that the driving...

Conventional Wisdom on Salt Questioned

Conventional Wisdom on Salt Questioned A JAMA study calls into question the current dogma on limiting the population’s salt intake and on salt’s health effects. Initial reaction to the study, as reported in the New York Times, is skeptical. Researchers...