Monthly Archives: August 2011

FDA Sees Surge in Complaints About All-Metal Hips

The New York Times reports on its front page, “The federal government has received a surge in complaints in recent months about failed hip replacements,” totaling “more than 5,000 reports since January about….metal-on-metal hips.” The complaints are chiefly that an … Continue reading

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Older Patients Often Leave Hospitals Without Regular Prescriptions

HealthDay reports, “Many patients who are hospitalized fail to receive their regular medications for chronic conditions during their stay and often fail to restart them when they’re discharged,” according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. … Continue reading

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AARP Launches Social Security Benefits Calculator

This is a recent announcement from AARP: New planning resources help Americans decide when to claim benefits and prepare for retirement WASHINGTON – AARP today announced the launch of its Social Security Benefits Calculator, a unique interactive tool designed to … Continue reading

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How Much Can I Earn, and Still Draw Social Security Retirement Benefits?

“How much can I earn, and still draw Social Security retirement benefits?” That’s a common question. The answer, of course, is “it depends.” The Social Security Administration has quite a bit of information about this topic on their Web site. You … Continue reading

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Some Doctors Insist on Brand-Name Drugs Even When Cheaper Generics Are Available

Even if Medicare is paying all or most of your prescription bills, you still have incentive to buy the least expensive effective medications. If nothing else, that will make more money available for other Medicare recipients. For many medications there … Continue reading

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CMS Urged to Investigate Over-Prescribing of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

MedPage Today reports Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Herb Kohl (D-WI) “have urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to take a closer look at potential over-prescribing of atypical antipsychotics to nursing home residents.” In a letter to … Continue reading

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“ObamaCare” is Improving Health Care for Texans

The Dallas Morning News recently ran a short summary of the new federal health insurance law, and the effect it is already having on Texans. The statistics may be eye-opening for some who are so fervently opposed to the law. … Continue reading

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15 Minutes of Exercise Daily Reduces Risk of Death

An article on WebMD holds out hope for lazy guys like me. It’s also good news for elderly or disabled people. The gist of the article is that a new study shows that if we can just exercise for 15 minutes … Continue reading

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Angioplasty and Stents May Do More Harm Than Good

An article at Boston.com raised a disturbing issue — the continued use of angioplasty and stents in non-acute coronary patients. The reason for concern is that this surgery seems to be no more effective in treating heart problems than does the … Continue reading

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Primary Care Physicians Sue Medicare Over Inadequate Pay Rates

MedPage Today reports, “A group of primary care physicians is suing the federal government, claiming its heavy reliance on [the AMA’s Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee] for guidance on payment rates under Medicare’s relative value scale is illegal.” … Continue reading

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