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“Helping Those Who Help Others”
|Vol. 2, No 43||
Tuesday, February 7, 2006
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In this week's edition of The Caregiver's Hotline:
States to Sue over Costs, Shortcomings of Medicare Drug Plan
Several states, led by California’s attorney general, are so frustrated and disappointed by the new Medicare Part D prescription drug program that they plan to sue the federal government. Why? Keep reading for the details. [Read the full story]
Elderly Depression Widespread, Under-Reported; New Program May Help
Describing depression among our elderly as widespread and under-reported, mental health officials are pointing to a program under way in New York City as an innovative potential tool to help identify and treat depression among seniors. We have the details for you. [Read the full story]
Common Blood Thinner Increases Risk of Elderly Bone Fracture
Elderly patients taking the commonly prescribed blood thinner warfarin – with the brand name Coumadin -- experience an increased risk for osteoporosis-linked bone fractures, according to new research. Find what you need to know to avoid the associated dangers. [Read the full story]
Do Health Workers Practice What They Preach? Not with Flu Shots
U.S. healthcare workers have been lax in heeding their advice to patients and others to get their annual flu shots. A study of health workers found that only 38% of them rolled up their sleeves for the annual vaccination in 2000. We’ll tell you why the numbers aren’t much higher. [Read the full story]
FDA Approves New Angina Drug
The FDA has approved Ranexa (ranolazine) as a new drug for the treatment of chronic angina. Will this first new angina drug in more than 10 years help you or your loved one with the chest pain, pressure and discomfort associated with the heart not getting enough oxygen? [Read the full story]
Did Pope John Paul, Suffering from Parkinson's, Cure Nun with Disease?
Was Pope John Paul II responsible for a “miracle cure” of Parkinson’s disease in an elderly French nun shortly after his death? Vatican researchers are trying to find out, and they believe confirmation could provide the miracle necessary to beatify the late pontiff, a first step towards sainthood. Read what’s been learned and what’s ahead. [Read the full story]
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