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Vision Problems Increase The Risk Of Early Death In Older People

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Older people whose visual acuity has slipped by just one letter on the eye chart are more likely to die sooner, researchers say. New glasses may be all it takes to maintain independence.

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Medicare Patients Often See Nurses Instead Of Doctors For Skin Problems

Monday, August 18, 2014

Among the more than 4 million procedures for which office-based nurse practitioners and physician assistants independently billed Medicare in 2012, more than half were for dermatological surgeries.

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Why Hungry Seniors Aren't Getting Enough To Eat

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A study found that 60 percent of elderly patients who visited an emergency department in 2013 were malnourished. But doctors say it can be relatively easy to help seniors get the food they need.

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Morning Edition

A Coping Plan Can Help Fend Off Depression From Vision Loss

Monday, August 11, 2014

About 25 percent of people with macular degeneration in both eyes develop clinical depression. But developing strategies for staying engaged in passions and people may cut that risk by more than half.

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House Calls Keep People Out Of Nursing Homes And Save Money

Thursday, August 07, 2014

In the case of an elderly patient with multiple medical problems, having a team of health workers deliver care to the home can be cheaper than expensive stays in nursing homes and emergency rooms.

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Problem Drinking In Midlife Linked To Memory Trouble Later

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One study suggests middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking may be twice as likely to develop serious memory issues as the years wear on.

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Mom No Longer 'Dumb' About Gay Son

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ninety-year-old Rita Fischer and her son Jay recall a conversation they had back in the 1980s, when Jay first told Rita he was gay.

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Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.

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All Things Considered

Do Heat-Sensitive Inmates Have A Right To Air Conditioning?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jails and prisons without air conditioning can be uncomfortable for both prisoners and guards. But for inmates with health conditions that make them heat-sensitive, hot cells can pose serious risks.

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A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Most people can't tell when they're having the irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation that puts them at risk of stroke. Simply learning to take your own pulse could help, researchers say.

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How A Tiny Fly's Ears Could Help You Hear Better

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Ormia ochracea fly has sophisticated little ears — it can locate crickets by calculating their chirps. Those super-ears are inspiring the next generation of microphones for human hearing aids.

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A YouTube Video Is Doctor's Secret Weapon Against Back Pain

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Back pain is common. Nearly all of us have at least one episode in our lives, and two-thirds of us will have it repeatedly. Exercise, though it may seem counterintuitive, is often the best medicine.

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Stroke Rate May Be Declining In Older Adults

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Deaths from stroke are dropping too, a study suggests. But don't celebrate just yet. Diabetes, a big risk factor for these "brain attacks," is still on the rise.

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With Elder Care Planning, Start Early To Avoid Conflicts And Crises

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tell Me More's parenting panel discusses the challenges of caring for an elderly parent or loved one, especially when it comes to needing guardianship.

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Desmond Tutu Backs Britain's 'Assisted Dying' Bill

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The retired Anglican bishop said the end of former South African President Nelson Mandela's life robbed him of his dignity.

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Morning Edition

The Little Spacecraft That Couldn't

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A team of volunteer space cowboys may have to say goodbye to ISEE-3 and to their dream of reviving for a final mission the creaky, 36-year-old hardware. Failed tests Wednesday suggest a fuel problem.

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All Things Considered

Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

There's a growing market in technology to address health problems in older people. But young techies don't always know what their clients really need and want. Enter the focus group of Dad.

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Morning Edition

NPR Survey Reveals Despised And Acceptable Terms For Aging

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

There's a scarcity of terms for describing older adults and the aging process. At least there aren't that many that most older people don't find offensive.

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With Gene Disorders, The Mother's Age Matters, Not The Egg's

Monday, July 07, 2014

For a long while doctors thought that an egg's age relative to others explained why older women are more likely to produce eggs with genetic abnormalities. But a study finds that's not really true.

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All Things Considered

Caregiving Takes Hefty Financial Toll, But Help Is Available

Saturday, July 05, 2014

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with special needs lawyer Theresa Varnet and social entrepreneur Al Etmanski about the types of assistance available for families caring for a special needs child.

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