Monthly Archives: June 2011

Supreme Court Rules Generic Drugmakers Are Shielded from Failure to Warn Suits

The Washington Post reported, “Makers of generic drugs cannot be sued for not warning patients of the drugs’ dangerous side effects, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, even though brand-name manufacturers can be found liable.” The Post continued, “A five-member majority of … Continue reading

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Many Older Patients With High-Risk Breast Cancer May Not Receive Radiation Treatment

ABC World News reported that research published in the journal Cancer found that “nearly half of women with advanced breast cancer over the age of 65 are not receiving all the treatment considered most effective.” The CNN “The Chart” blog … Continue reading

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AMA Says Doctors Are Shortchanged By Health Insurers’ Mistakes

As reported by MSNBC, among other sources, the nation’s largest doctors’ group says about one in five payments of medical claims by commercial health insurers is inaccurate and shortchanges physicians. The American Medical Association released its annual report card on … Continue reading

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Featured Link — WellSpouse.org

The Well Spouse Association is a group dedicated to caregivers of the elderly or disabled. Their site has good resources for caregivers. Here is their Mission Statement: The Well Spouse Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization, advocates for and addresses … Continue reading

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Featured Link — National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute is a department of the federal National Institutes of Health. Their Web site has a ton of information about cancer and this is their Mission Statement: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of … Continue reading

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Hospitals Performed Double CT Scans on Many Medicare Patients

The New York Times reported on its front page that “hundreds of hospitals across the country needlessly exposed patients to radiation” by giving them CT scans “twice on the same day, according to federal records and interviews with researchers. Performing … Continue reading

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Featured Link – Gerontological Society of America

The Gerontological Society of America site has some great resources. Check it out.

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Medicare Saves Money, According to Economist

Paul Krugman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the New York Times. He wrote a recent column explaining how Medicare actually saves, not costs, the country money. Here are excerpts: Every once in a while a politician comes up with … Continue reading

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AARP Has Not Changed Its Position on Social Security

There has been a lot of press the past few days about whether AARP has dropped its opposition to raising the retirement age for Social Security benefits. In fact there has been so much written on this subject that AARP … Continue reading

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Caregivers Need Government Help or They’ll Go Broke

Gail Sheehy of USA Today wrote an excellent column recently about the plight of family caregivers in America. Here are excerpts Family caregivers are the largest caregiver group in the workforce — 65 million Americans who provide unpaid care for … Continue reading

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