Missteps in U.S. Ebola Protection Plan Continue

Let’s see: A nurse who cared for a dying Ebola patient is allowed to fly on a commercial flight days later despite having a low-grade fever. Another worker who handled the patient’s lab specimens takes a cruise and has to be quarantined aboard the ship. Officials with the hospital where the man died admit nurses were never given Ebola training. Is this how the U.S. thinks it will protect citizens against this disease? The head of the U.S. Centers for …

Why Spending More For Meals on Wheels Would Cost Almost Nothing

By David Orenstein Expanding programs like Meals on Wheels would save 26 of 48 U.S. states money and would allow more seniors to stay in their own homes, research shows. A new study reports that if every state in the lower 48 expanded the number of seniors receiving meals by just 1 percent, 1,722 more Medicaid recipients could avoid living in a nursing home and most states would experience a net annual savings from implementing the expansion. Pennsylvania would see …

Does Caregiving Help You Live Longer?

If you’ve heard that being a family caregiver can diminish your life expectancy, the results of a new report from Johns Hopkins University should make you relax. It turns out that caring for a chronically ill or disabled family member can, in fact, extend a caregiver’s life. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter The recent research showed that caregivers live an average of nine months longer than non-caregivers. Researchers took participants from a pool of 30,000 in a National Institutes of Health …

Court: Nobody Can Patent Your Genes … What Does That Mean?

SC: “A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and is not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated” Woo Hoo!!! – Francis S. Collins (@NIHDirector) June 13, 2013   That tweet came from the director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis S. Collins. Why is Collins so giddy? Because the Supreme Court ruled June 13 that nobody can patent your genes. (Read full decision .pdf) Collins and others at NIH, like Eric Green, M.D., the …

The BRAIN Initiative: 5 Things to Noodle

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy called on the nation to set as its goal “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth” by the end of the decade. Today, President Barack Obama called on the nation to set a similarly ambitious goal: mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s disease. “We can study particles smaller than an atom, but we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter …

During American Heart Month, NIH Offers Heart Healthy Advice

 The following is a guest post by Chhanda Dutta, Ph.D., Chief, Clinical Gerontology Branch, National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH and Janet M. de Jesus, M.S., R.D., Nutritionist, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH During February, American Heart Month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) urges you to take action to keep your heart healthy. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. About 1 in 8 women aged 45-64 has heart disease, …