34% of older adults in the U.S. are prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs, raising health care costs

The prescription of potentially inappropriate medications to older adults is linked to increased hospitalizations, and it costs patients, on average, more than $450 per year, according to a new University at Buffalo study. The research, which sought to determine the impact of potentially inappropriate medications on health care utilization and costs in the United States, also found that more than […]

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Pastoral care shown to support older people at risk from COVID-19

Volunteers from the Catholic Church in Brazil helped to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 among the elderly, a new study shows. Peter Kevern, Professor Values in Health and Social Care at Staffordshire University, partnered with The Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo to carry out the study which looked at the contribution of the Pastoral da Pessoa Idosa (PPI) program […]

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Older Danish individuals forecast to consume growing share of hospital care by 2050

Danish people aged 70 and older are projected to consume a growing share of hospital care over the next few decades, with the number of days they spend in hospitals approximately doubling by 2050, according to a study published September 30 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Anna Oksuzyan of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, and colleagues. […]

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Modifiable health risks linked to more than $730 billion in US health care costs

Modifiable health risks, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and smoking, were linked to over $730 billion in health care spending in the US in 2016, according to a study published in The Lancet Public Health. Researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an independent global health research center at the University of Washington School of Medicine, […]

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Timing of gender-affirming care linked to mental health

(HealthDay)—For gender-incongruent (GI) youth presenting for gender-affirming medical care (GAMC), late pubertal stage and older age are associated with worse mental health, according to a study published online Sept. 21 in Pediatrics. Julia C. Sorbara, M.D., from the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional chart review of patients presenting to GAMC to examine […]

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Hospitals, health care sector reel from COVID-19 financial damage

The global coronavirus pandemic has created a huge need for health care in the U.S., but it also is delivering a devastating financial blow to that sector. COVID-19 worries have kept patients away from doctors’ offices and forced the postponement and cancellation of non-urgent surgeries. The pandemic also has shut down large portions of the American economy, leaving many would-be […]

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Colorado health care workers on the front lines of coronavirus fight speak out: “I’m afraid about being dead” – The Denver Post

When Harshal Shah, an internal medicine doctor at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, gets home from work, he enters through the garage and walks straight to the basement without greeting his pregnant wife or 4-year-old son. He hasn’t hugged either of them in a month, because he’s treating coronavirus patients and does not want to infect his family. After 12-hour […]

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