Medical Studies/Research

Could Eating Right Prevent Age-Related Hearing Loss?

The ravages of old age are well known: Bones become fragile, eyesight becomes cloudy, and hearing becomes muffled. Except…what if it didn’t have to be? It has long been known that calcium, vitamin D, and exercise can help keep bones strong. And now, new research suggests that at least some age-related hearing lost (ARHL) could …

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Minnesota Nursing Homes Seek to End the Stupor

How’s this for unconventional: The Ecumen chain of 15 Minnesota nursing homes has launched Project Awakenings, which calls for treating residents’ behavioral problems without resorting to antipsychotic drugs. The problems are real. Residents have physical and mental disorders, and they are often in pain, frightened, alone, and confused. In the worst cases, they react with …

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Independence Among U.S. Nursing Home Residents

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services compile data about nursing homes, and about nursing home residents. Yesterday, NPR News Investigations published an interactive graphic of the level of independence among U.S. nursing home residents. This graphic is quite cool! You start by choosing an independence measure you want to examine from the residents’ ability …

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Dementia in Nursing Homes Requires Special Care…and Compassion

Aging isn’t always dignified. That’s especially true for people with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease dismantles a person’s life piece by piece: short-term memory is the first to go, followed by long-term memory, recognition of family members, recognition of self, all cognitive abilities. In addition, a person loses physical capabilities–the ability to walk, to talk, to balance, …

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New Medication Alert System

Medication errors cause at least one death every day, and injure approximately 1.3 million people annually in the United States, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A new alert system designed to inform hospital and health system pharmacists, physicians and nurses of dangerous or life-threatening medication errors hopes to reduce such errors. For more …

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Eating Fish May Ward Off Dementia

Dementia is one of the most feared outcomes of aging. New research shows that eating fish is linked to preventing dementia while eating beef is linked to increasing the likelihood of developing dementia. Please click for The New York Times full article.

Vulnerable Nursing Home Residents Subject to Assault

Residents of a Michigan nursing home suffered repeated physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their fellow residents in 2006-07, a pattern of violence that nursing home management failed to stem or report, Michigan state officials alleged. Abuses uncovered at Tendercare Health Center-Birchwood, 2950 LaFrainer Road in Garfield Township, resulted in fines and prompted …

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