Monthly Archives: March 2014

More Than 2,000 Lawsuits Filed Against German Firm Over Blood Thinner

Reuters reported than over 2,000 lawsuits in the US have been filed against German pharmaceutical firm Boehringer Ingelheim over its blockbuster blood thinning medicine Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate). The allegation is that the medicine causes severe and fatal bleeding. German newspaper Handelsblatt … Continue reading

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Study: E-Cigarette Use Not Tied to Greater Rates of Smoking Cessation

Have you tried to stop smoking by using one of the new e-cigarettes? A recent study shows this may not work for you. The Washington Post “Wonkblog” reports that a research letter published in “JAMA Internal Medicine found that use of e-cigarettes was not … Continue reading

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New Guidelines: Best Ways to Prevent Strokes in Women

Yes, women are different from men — even when it comes to the cause of strokes. A recent article in USA TODAY points out steps women can take to help prevent strokes. Please read the entire article. Here are excerpts: … Continue reading

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Make This Mother’s Day Extra Special for Your Senior Mom or Grandma

This article is from Elizabeth Wallace. Liz is a former geriatric nurse who blogs about issues affecting seniors’ health. She is married with two grown children. Every Mother’s Day is special, but if you have an elderly mother or grandmother, the day … Continue reading

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One in Five Older Americans Take Medications That Work Against Each Other

I know that as I’ve gotten older the number of pills I take each day has increased. I don’t think that’s unusual. But I haven’t thought much about these pills “fighting” with each other as they try to do their … Continue reading

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Seniors Struggle With Social Security Cost of Living Adjustments

For years now, the cost of living adjustment in various government benefits has not quite kept pace with the rate of inflation in the goods and services that seniors use. Obviously this creates problems for seniors on fixed incomes. This … Continue reading

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Senior Care: Ways to Talk to Elderly Parents About At-Home Care

This article is courtesy of Anita Ginsburg, a freelance writer from Denver who often writes about home, family, law and business. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing. If you have an elderly … Continue reading

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Firm Failed to Disclose Blood-Thinner Analysis to FDA, Court Papers Suggest

Bloomberg News reported Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH failed to reveal “a data analysis to U.S. regulators that” suggested the blood-thinner Pradaxa “may have caused more fatal bleeding after it was cleared for sale than the drug did in a study used to … Continue reading

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Six Home Safety Tips Every Senior Should Follow

This article is from Robert Bronson, a baby boomer who recently retired from the financial services industry. When he’s not spoiling his two granddaughters, he likes to blog about issues that matter to seniors. Almost 30 percent of Americans over age … Continue reading

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Understanding the Four Models of Health Care and How they Can Affect You

This article is from Ms. Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves writing for business, finance, women’s interests, and technology. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. It’s no surprise that people are confused about health care … Continue reading

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