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How Medicare Might End Surprise Nursing Care Penalties

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Susan Jaffe for Kaiser Health News Medicare officials have allowed patients at dozens of hospitals participating in pilot projects across the country to be exempted from the controversial requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors admitted to a hospital for at least three days. The idea behind these experiments is to find out whether new payment arrangements with the hospitals and other health care providers that drop the three-day rule can reduce costs or keep them the same …

Niacin Too Risky to Take for Heart Disease

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthFor 50 years we’ve been told that taking high doses of the B vitamin niacin was one way to lower cholesterol and improve heart health. Now some prominent physicians have had an abrupt change of heart: New research shows that niacin not only doesn’t help but could be very risky for patients. Two large studies, published July 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that taking niacin didn’t reduce deaths from heart disease and it put patients at …

Could a Skin Gel Be Used to Fight Breast Cancer?

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor women with an early form of breast cancer, the oral drug tamoxifen can help prevent a recurrence, but the pill also has serious side effects. Could a tamoxifen skin gel, applied directly to the breast, avoid the side effects while still blocking the cancer cells? The answer may be yes, according to a small, but intriguing new study by researchers with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Both the skin gel and the pill versions of tamoxifen delivered the …

No Fasting Needed for Cholesterol Test, Study Finds

Posted on 07/14/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor years we’ve been told we need to fast for eight to 12 hours before getting a blood test to measure our cholesterol. But for the second time in two years, a large study finds there’s no evidence that fasting is necessary. “The evidence on which the fasting recommendation is based is weak at best,” said senior author and cardiologist Sripal Bangalore of New York University Langone Medical Center. “Our study and data from other studies now really question this …

Ex-TV Host Joan Lunden Reveals She Has Breast Cancer

Posted on 06/24/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthJoan Lunden, one of TV’s most celebrated talk show hosts and news anchors, revealed June 24 that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. “I heard those words that every woman fears and never wants to hear: ‘You have breast cancer,’ ” Lunden, 63, told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, a show Lunden cohosted from 1980 to 1997. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  Lunden learned the diagnosis after a tumor was identified in an ultrasound exam …

Got Foot Problems? The President Feels Your Pain

Posted on 06/18/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPresident Obama’s latest physical examination found him in excellent health, except for one nagging little pain: no, not his political critics. He has “recurrent plantar fasciitis” of the right foot, says his physician. The condition (pronounced PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain, typically occurring in adults ages 40 to 60 (the president is 52). It happens when the thick, protective ligament that runs from the heel bone to the base of the toes, called …