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All Things Considered

Grannies Taking Care Of Grannies Is Good For Everyone

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Who better to check on the health of older folks than other older folks? That's what AgeWell Global, an innovative program in South Africa, is doing.

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Morning Edition

More Scrutiny Coming For Medicare Advantage, Obamacare

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General said it would review Medicare Advantage billing practices with an eye toward curbing overcharges.

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Medicare Concedes, Agrees To Pay For Woman's Home Health Care

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A 78-year-old Vermont woman has won the latest skirmish in her long-running battle with Medicare. The agency agreed to pay for home health care coverage even though she remains disabled.

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Disabled Vermont Woman Who Led Class-Action Suit Sues Medicare Again

Monday, October 27, 2014

A legally blind woman who has led a fight to make Medicare pay for care even when patients' medical conditions don't improve is in court to get Medicare payment for her own home care.

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A Diary Of Deaths Reminds Doctor Of Life

Saturday, October 25, 2014

In everyday medical care, the practice of reflection is too often overlooked. Remembrance is what makes us human. Keeping tabs on who has died over the years keeps one doctor humble.

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All Things Considered

Women Can Freeze Their Eggs For The Future, But At A Cost

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Until recently, freezing human eggs was reserved for young women at risk of infertility due to cancer treatments. But some companies now pay for it for healthy women who want to delay motherhood.

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All Things Considered

U.S. Life Expectancy Continues To Tick Upward

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Robert Siegel talks with Elizabeth Arias, a statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics. A new study finds that for a child born that year, life expectancy is 78 years and 9.5 months.

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Norway Is Great For Older Folks — And So Are Bolivia And Rwanda

Friday, October 03, 2014

In a survey of 96 countries on how their over-60 citizens fare, some rankings were completely predictable: Norway was first and Afghanistan was last. In between, there are a number of surprises.

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A Mini-Stroke Called A TIA Can Spark Post-Traumatic Stress

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Having a full-blown stroke can cause post-traumatic stress disorder, and that's also true for tiny strokes called TIAs, a study finds. Worry over future stroke risk may be a factor.

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What We Don't Know About Heart Disease Can Kill Us

Monday, September 29, 2014

People in the United Kingdom failed big time when they took a poll on risk factors for heart disease. Think you're more up to speed? Try our quickie quiz and find out.

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Morning Edition

Best To Not Sweat The Small Stuff, Because It Could Kill You

Monday, September 22, 2014

Chronic stress can lead to heart disease, cancer and other health problems. A study shows it doesn't matter if the stress comes from major life events or minor hassles. Time to take a deep breath?

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Terminally Ill, But Constantly Hospitalized

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Surveys show Americans would prefer not to die in a hospital. Yet, in New York City, the majority of people do. But the reason is not simple.

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Farewell, Heating Pad: Physical Therapists Say It Doesn't Help

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Heating pads and other passive treatments don't do any good if the goal is gaining strength and mobility, according to the Choosing Wisely campaign. Instead, it's all about the exercise.

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Suicides Rise In Middle-Aged Men, And Older Men Remain At Risk

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Researchers don't know why middle-aged men are increasingly likely to kill themselves. But they say it shows that efforts to reduce the toll of suicide should be focused on men.

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All Things Considered

Love And Sex In The Time Of Viagra — 16 Years On

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Longer lives means more decades of intimacy. Drugs that help male physiology match desire have affected more than just the body, men who take these pills say.

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Marriage Of 96-Year-Old Woman Raises Legal Questions

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The family of 96-year-old Edith Hill in Alexandria, Va., says her sudden marriage to 95-year-old Eddie Harrison puts her estate into question.

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All Things Considered

Making Fatherhood An Insider's Game: Becoming A Dad, Again, At 49

Monday, September 08, 2014

More men are having kids later in life — and some are having babies, for the second time, in middle age. That means they're changing diapers while their peers are sending their own kids to college.

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Dry, Scratchy Eyes? Staring At Screens Is Driving This Trend

Thursday, September 04, 2014

It used to be that dry eye syndrome was considered a problem for middle-aged women. But with all those screens we're staring at, that nasty sandy feeling is becoming much more common.

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Scentless: Losing Your Sense Of Smell May Make Life Riskier

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Everybody worries about losing eyesight or hearing, but the sense of smell may help people stay safe. People with impaired odor detection are more likely to eat spoiled food or let pans catch on fire.

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Morning Edition

Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.

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