Medical Studies/Research

Diabetes Drug Linked with Higher Risk of Death in Elderly

Recent studies show that elderly patients taking Avandia, or also known as rosiglitazone, have a 15% higher death rate than those taking a similar drug Actos, also known as pioglitazone.  Specifically, the drug appears to increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes or other cardiovascular events.  While additional research is suggested by the medical community, …

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Could (or Should) Filial Responsibility Laws Require Adult Children to Support Elderly Parents?

With the economic crisis growing in the federal government, there has been quite a buzz recently on the issue of whether adult children should be required by law to support elderly parents who require assistance to pay for necessities like food, clothing, shelter and medical attention.  In fact, as a technical matter, 30 states in …

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When Alzheimer's Hits at 40

Alzheimer’s Disease is not just a disease of the elderly.  A little less than one percent of its victims are between ages 40 and 55.  Click this link to read The Wall Street Journal article about early onset Alzheimers’ effect on young families.

Study Shows Improved Oral Hygiene Reduces Risk of Pneumonia in Elderly Nursing Home Residents

A recent study by researchers at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Maryland reveals that enhanced oral hygiene dramatically reduces the risk of pneumonia in elderly nursing home residents.  Specifically, the study shows that mechanical oral hygiene (tooth brushing) has a preventative effect on mortality from pneumonia. Approximately one in 10 cases …

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