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Risks Run High When Antipsychotics Are Prescribed For Dementia

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Results from an analysis of veterans' health records show a higher risk of death among people taking antipsychotic drugs for symptoms of dementia than has been documented before.

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All Things Considered

Mad Cow Research Hints At Ways To Halt Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Monday, March 09, 2015

Corinne Lasmezas began her career studying a disease that destroys the brains of cattle. Now she's using what she learned to search for drugs that can stop human brain diseases.

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All Things Considered

Supporting A Spouse With Alzheimer's: 'I Don't Get Angry Anymore'

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Mary Catherine O'Brien says when she first married her husband Greg in 1977, he was funny and outgoing. Alzheimer's disease has stolen much of that, she says, but the two are closer than ever.

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All Things Considered

Speed Dating For Seniors Who Aren't Interested In Slowing Down

Thursday, March 05, 2015

A new film follows daters ages 70 to 90 looking for love in five-minute intervals. "Speed dating for seniors" may sound funny, but The Age of Love is really about our lifelong need for intimacy.

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Morning Edition

Behavioral Therapy Helps More Than Drugs For Dementia Patients

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Non-drug approaches for treating aggression and other symptoms of dementia work better than antipsychotic drugs, a study finds, and are less risky. That includes teaching caregivers how to respond.

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Morning Edition

Fertility Clinic Courts Controversy With Treatment That Recharges Eggs

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The technique aims to rejuvenate a woman's eggs using mitochondria from cells extracted from her ovaries. A Toronto clinic's first births are due soon, and some doctors are worried about side effects.

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FDA Mandates Tougher Warnings On Testosterone

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The agency says the labels for testosterone drugs must state they aren't approved to fight aging and may increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes.

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GAO Report Urges Fewer Antipsychotic Drugs For Dementia Patients

Monday, March 02, 2015

Strong drugs are rarely warranted to control the behavior of dementia patients, specialists say. But antipsychotic medicine is being overprescribed, and not just among residents of nursing homes.

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All Things Considered

One Man's Race To Outrun Alzheimer's

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cape Cod journalist Greg O'Brien has always found solace in running, and a diagnosis of Alzheimer's hasn't stopped him. But making it work — for himself and his family — isn't always easy.

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Fresh Air

From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.

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Morning Edition

Lots Of Seniors Are Overweight, But Few Use Free Counseling For It

Monday, February 23, 2015

A little-known part of the Affordable Care Act pays primary care doctors to help overweight seniors lose weight. So why aren't more seniors taking advantage of the free weight loss counseling?

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Humana Discloses Widening Justice Dept. Probe Of Medicare Advantage Plans

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Privately run Medicare Advantage plans offer seniors an alternative to standard Medicare. The plans are paid monthly fees based on complex risk formulas that are drawing federal scrutiny.

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When A Patient Says 'Everything's Fine,' A Doctor Should Be Wary

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The retired cop was an easy patient, who took his medicine without complaint. After an operation, the man went into a mental tailspin that his doctor realized had been in the making for years.

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Fraud Case Casts Spotlight On Medicare Advantage Plans

Friday, February 13, 2015

An indictment in Florida is likely to draw heightened scrutiny to potential billing fraud in privately run Medicare plans. It also raises questions about the effectiveness of government oversight.

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If You Have Dementia, Can You Hasten Death As You Wished?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Margaret Bentley, a woman in British Columbia, didn't want food or liquids if she became mentally disabled. But a nursing home is refusing to stop feeding her, even though she has Alzheimer's.

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Being With People Like You Offers Comfort Against Death's Chill

Friday, February 06, 2015

Iggy Ignatius bet that immigrants from India would long to live with other Indians in his Florida condos. He was right. Psychologists say intimations of mortality make us want to be with our own kind.

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Medicare Offers Relief To 400,000 Caught In Drug Plan Mix-Ups

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Aetna beneficiaries can reconsider their Part D choices after the insurer incorrectly identified some pharmacies as being in-network, dropped others and removed some from the preferred network.

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Pain And Suffering At Life's End Are Getting Worse, Not Better

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Despite considerable effort to improve care for people who are dying, more people are reporting pain and depression, a study finds. Medical treatments that lengthen the process may be one reason.

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Morning Edition

Fight Back Against Parkinson's: Exercise May Be The Best Therapy

Monday, February 02, 2015

Several times a week Mike Quaglia dons bright red boxing gloves and pummels a hundred-pound punching bag. What's unusual is he has Parkinson's disease and the boxing helps alleviate his symptoms.

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All Things Considered

As America Grays, A Call For Dignity In Aging And Elder Care

Sunday, February 01, 2015

In The Age of Dignity, Ai-jen Poo says rather than viewing aging from a place of scarcity and fear, we should see getting older as an opportunity. And, she writes, we must fix our flawed care system.

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