Dialysis Patients Have Decreased Activities for Daily Living

Dialysis and activities for daily living

A new study shows that patients undergoing dialysis have decreased functioning as measured by their ability to perform activities for daily living (ADLs). CKD and dialysis Patients who have CKD, or chronic kidney disease, are on a continuum of stages. In the first stage, kidney dysfunction is so low as not to be recognized. In…

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Preparing Ourselves for Long Term Care

Long term care

According to the US government, about 7 in ten people who are 65 today will need some form of long term care in the future, whether in a facility or at home. The emotional and financial costs might be steep, and it’s beneficial to consider the implications of what it means and entails before it…

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Are Medical Residents Getting Enough Medicare Education?

Medicare Education for residents

In a recent study, researchers set out to determine whether medical residents in family medicine are getting proper Medicare education and learning enough about the population to treat Medicare patients. Changing geriatric population The 2017 census indicates that by the year 2030, the number of people age 65 and older will be higher than the…

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Four Psychiatric Principles from the AMA that Can Help in Palliative Care

Four skills for palliative care

An article in the American Medical Association (AMA) Journal of Ethics talks about principles from the field of psychiatry that can be applied to the field of palliative care. Both fields have much in common, specifically relying very much on developing communication skills. Commonalities between Psychiatry and palliative care The article in the AMA journal…

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Speech Therapy for Apraxia of Speech

Speech therapy helps apraxia

Speech therapy is often thought of as a way for young children to better develop their speech – whether learning how to say the letter “r” properly, or getting rid of a lisp. While it does both of these, speech therapy has many more purposes and works with many populations. One of the problems a…

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Infectious Disease Specialists Discuss Measles Resurgence Factors

Bringing infectious disease into the US

Infectious disease specialists commenting in The Lancet Infectious Diseases say that there are two factors that have contributed to the new measles outbreak in the US. The first is travelers from countries where there are currently measles outbreaks. The other is the strength of the anti-vaccination faction, which has caught on wildly and discouraged people…

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Government Buying of Medications for Medicare

Government to buy Medicare medications

President Trump announced recently a new proposal that would allow the government o buy medications for Medicare participants, bringing the prices down and saving billions of dollars in taxpayer money and for Medicare participants. Trump Reforming Medicare Previously, government intervention in pharmaceuticals has been avoided, even during Medicare reform. President Trump used a provision from…

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Physical Therapists for Rural Areas

Physical therapy

A recent problem for small, rural areas throughout the United States is a lack of physical therapists to serve them. Physical therapy can often be a powerful alternative to opioids and other drugs that serve as pain management, but without these services, people with chronic pain may turn to drug use to alleviate their pain,…

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