Seniors Saving More Money With Medicare

Seniors and many people with disabilities are saving approximately $8.9 billion with the Medicare prescription drug plan provided by the Affordable Care Act. Medicare Part B premiums are not expected to grow next year, according to new data by the CMS. Seniors will now be allowed to use the extra money saved on their Social Security cost of living adjustment on what they would like. More here

Consuming Nuts May Lead To A Longer Life

A new study conducted at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard School of Public Health has found that people who consume about a cup of nuts each day may live longer lives than those who do not. The study also found that nuts may play a role in body weight, suggesting that people who eat more nuts are also more likely to be thinner. Charles S. Fuchs, director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment Center at Dana-Farber said, “the most obvious benefit was a reduction of 29 percent in deaths from heart disease – the major killer of people in America. But we also saw a significant reduction – 11% – in the risk of dying from cancer.” More here

Reverse Mortgages May Be Of Great Financial Benefit To Many Seniors

According to research, approximately 8% of individuals age 62 and above have thought about the possibility of a reverse mortgage while only 2% secured the loan. The survey suggests that many homeowners have had trouble dealing with long-term debt after the housing market crash, and reverse mortgages may be of great assistance to many people. An increase in the number of people with mortgage debt has grown over the last decade. Many experts are suggesting that seniors seek financial help in order to decrease debt among the age group. More here

Many Physicians Unaware Of Laboratory Costs

A new study suggests that many physicians may be ordering costly health care tests without knowing the patient’s expense, and in turn, increasing unnecessary expenditures. The study involved 215 physicians, some of which were educated on real-time lab costs for multiple tests. Over the course of twelve years, all of the physicians’ laboratory prescriptions were studied. Researchers found that the physicians who were educated on costs prescribed less expensive laboratory tests than those who were uneducated. More here

Nursing Homes May Benefit Many After Hospitalization

A new study from Indiana University suggests that cognitively impaired seniors who are sent home from the hospital are much more likely to be rehospitalized within the next 30 days when compared to those sent to a nursing home after being released. Chief innovation and implementation officer at IU Health, Dr. Boustani said, “the fact that odds of rehospitalization are higher if the cognitively impaired individual is sent home from the hospital rather than to a nursing home strongly suggests the importance of developing a personalized transitional care model based on the brain health of older adults as well as the severity of their medical illness.” More here

New Link Found Between Cholesterol and Breast Cancer

A new study suggests that cholesterol may be an aid for breast cancer growth. Researchers have found that when cholesterol metabolizes in the body, a metabolite is created that aids in the production of breast cancer. Many researchers suggest that the discovery of the link between cholesterol, metabolite 27HC, and cancer may bring hope for future breast cancer therapy as past treatment has had a low success rate. Dr. Philip Shaul, senior author said, “this information can be used to develop new therapies that inhibit 27HC action or production, or increase its metabolism, in effect cutting the cancer off from a key growth simulator.” More here

Medicare Tacking On Extra Costs For Observation Time

A new report that was published by the AARP Public Policy Institute shows that observation status while in the hospital may be adding out-of-pocket costs for many people on Medicare. Observation time, the time people wait before being admitted or being released from care, is notably increasing for many Medicare patients. Data found in the report states that observation Medicare claims have increased approximately 100% over the last nine years. Experts are worried that many patients do not realize the extra high costs being added on during this time. The report states “in some cases, Medicare cost sharing for outpatient services, including OS, may be greater than the inpatient deductible that beneficiaries would incur when admitted ($1,184 in 2013).” More here

Molecule May Help Cancer Cells Grow

A new study that took place at Georgetown University Medical Center has found that a molecule found in the body may help certain cancers survive and grow. Cadherin-11 is a molecule that keeps cells in the body grouped together, but when overproduced can help cancer cells thrive. Researchers have found that rheumatoid arthritis and many different varieties of cancer can provoke overproduction of cadherin-11 helping cancer cells spread. An MD at Harvard University has found a way to stop the production of the molecule in rheumatoid arthritis. More here

Doctors Plan To Prescribe More Statins To Americans

According to the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, the amount of people in the United States that are prescribed statin drugs for high cholesterol is expected to double. Under new guidelines that were announced earlier this week, doctors will now be urged to see and treat patients that are considered healthy but may have a higher risk of suffering from heart disease or stroke. The groups have set a goal to prescribe needed statins to approximately 70 million people with hopes of reducing the number of heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. More here

Physical Activity May Improve Brain Health

Researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas found that older people, age 50 and up, who stay active and get plenty of physical exercise may have better brain health than those who do not. Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD., founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth said, “this research shows the tremendous benefit of aerobic exercise on a person’s memory and demonstrates that aerobic exercise can reduce both the biological and cognitive consequences of aging.” More here