Monthly Archives: July 2012

What Do Your Blood Pressure Numbers Really Mean? (Part I)

This three-part guest post is from Elena K. McCoy, a Registered Nurse, and student at Texas Tech University School of Law. Part I High Blood Pressure Statistics Seniors are more likely than younger people to develop a life threatening high blood … Continue reading

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Seniors’ Mental Health Needs More Attention

You might think that depression would be more common in the elderly than in younger people. That’s not true, according to studies. It does exist of course, especially among elderly white males, but apparently as we age we become more … Continue reading

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Fewer Texas Doctors Willing to Accept Medicare and Medicaid Patients Because of Low Pay and Red Tape

The number of Texas doctors willing to accept government-funded health insurance plans for the poor and the elderly is dropping dramatically amid complaints about low pay and red tape. That’s according to an article in the Austin American Statesman. The … Continue reading

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What You Need To Know When You Get Social Security Retirement Or Survivors Benefits

The government’s official Social Security Web site continues to impress me with its volume of helpful information. This is in contrast to the distinct lack of helpful information you usually get when you call the Social Security Administration. The latest … Continue reading

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“Stolen Valor” Database Web Site Unveiled Today

I’m writing this blog post Tuesday night, assuming the Department of Defense will come through on their promise to unveil a new website Wednesday, July 25, 2012. The site will address the recent Supreme Court decision repealing the Stolen Valor … Continue reading

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Maximizing Social Security Retirement Benefits for Married Couples

In the old days, back when Social Security retirement benefits were first introduced, it was rare for families to have two wage earners. More recently, dual income families have become quite common. And now many of those dual income couples … Continue reading

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Veterans Disability Benefits Questionnaires

Those of us who deal with the Department of Veterans Affairs get frustrated sometimes because it seems that the VA doesn’t always have the best interests of the vet in mind. From time to time though, the VA does come … Continue reading

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Well-Known Hospitals Test Poorly On Patient Safety

Shannon Brownlee of the New America Foundation’s Health Policy Program wrote on the Time website that while “many people would probably identify places like” Massachusetts General Hospital and the Mayo Clinic as the nation’s best hospitals, Consumer Reports last week released “hospital … Continue reading

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Stryker Recalls Modular Neck-Stem Devices Attaching to Artificial Hips

The Boston Business Journal reported, “Stryker Orthopaedics has voluntarily recalled two brands of devices used in conjunction with artificial hips in hip replacement surgeries, according to the US Food and Drug Administration website.” To date, “there have been at least 45 adverse … Continue reading

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Gene Mutation May Aid Quest to Prevent Alzheimer’s

Could we be nearing a breakthrough in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease? I won’t pretend to understand the science discussed in a recent article in the New York Times, but the bottom line is that scientists may be on a … Continue reading

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