Under New Guidelines, Millions More Americans Will Need to Lower Blood Pressure | The New York Times
The nation’s leading heart experts on Monday issued new guidelines for high blood pressure that mean tens of millions more Americans will meet the criteria for the condition, and will need to change their lifestyles or take medicines to treat it. Under the guidelines, formulated by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, the number of men under age 45 with a diagnosis of high blood pressure will triple, and the prevalence among women under age 45 will double.
Medical researchers and government health policymakers, a cautious lot, normally take pains to keep expectations modest when they’re discussing some new finding or treatment. They warn about studies’ limitations. They point out what isn’t known. They emphasize that correlation doesn’t mean causation. So it’s startling to hear prominent experts sound positively excited about a new shingles vaccine that an advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved last month.
In a new breakthrough study on aging, a team of researchers discovered a new way to rejuvenate inactive senescent cells. Medical Xpress reports that the team led by Professor Lorna Harries, Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Exeter discovered that splicing factors in cells that switch off as we age can be switched back on with chemicals, something that makes them not only look younger but also start behaving like young cells again as well.
When you become the primary caregiver for an aging loved one, you frequently need to take on their finances, too. In a recent Merrill Lynch/Age Wave study of more than 2,000 caregivers, 92 percent are “financial coordinators,” overseeing the money of their care recipient, yet they aren’t even on top of their own finances. For example, 52 percent didn’t know how much they had spent on caregiving-related expenses to date, and 45 percent couldn’t even tally up the costs for such care in the past month.
CVS is ramping up its efforts to hire people with disabilities with a slew of new mock stores designed to help train this traditionally-underemployed demographic.The pharmacy chain said it will open at least eight mock stores by spring. Each site features equipment characteristic of a typical CVS location. People with disabilities participate in classroom and hands-on training in both life and job-related skills, learning the tasks required for working in a CVS store or as a pharmacy technician.
New Research: Healthcare Costs Most Taxing for Seniors, Yet Retirees Are More Likely to Comparison Shop for Cable and Internet Than for a Medicare Plan | PR Newswire
Healthcare costs rank most burdensome among common living expenses for seniors. Yet, few older Americans are taking steps that could help them reduce those costs, reserving their due diligence for other, less critical living expenses, according to a new national survey. According to “The Cost of Complacency” survey commissioned by WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), seniors are more likely to comparison shop for groceries, gas, cable and internet service, and even travel deals, than they are to shop for a Medicare plan. In fact, only one-third (33 percent) of seniors reported they comparison shop for a Medicare plan at all.
Not long ago, Bill Gates had an idea: a personal computer in every home. Most people scoffed, thinking the idea to be ludicrous. His vision made him one of the world’s richest, most successful people, and it broke open the technological revolution upon us today. Yet, with a few decades of personal computers having become commonplace, globally, we now understand that his real contribution was less the computer, but the social revolution that it enabled. Equally, the more profound impact of the $100 million Mr. Gates has now donated to find the cure for Alzheimer’s is the literal and profound reframing of global public health now and forever defined by the health needs of our aging global society. Malaria, HIV/AIDS, and TB have not been fully conquered, but with the most visible and energetic of the establishment philanthropists turning his sights to the disease of aging – Alzheimer’s – we have forever reimagined the contours of global public health.
But Social Security’s broad aim is to protect against the risk of lost income from work. The income loss might be due to retirement, disability, or to a survivor after the death of a family breadwinner. Last year, 14% of Social Security beneficiaries (10.6 million people) were disabled workers; the remaining 18% were survivors, spouses, or children of workers entitled to benefits.
Estifanos Zerai-Misgun, a black Brookline, Mass., police officer, pulled up in an unmarked car and greeted his superior, a white lieutenant. He wasn’t prepared for the response by the lieutenant, who said, as he gestured at the vehicle, “Who would put a black man behind one of these?” “I was shocked,” the officer later told a Boston news station about the experience. It was one of several derogatory racial comments he would hear on the job. It got so bad that he and a black colleague walked away from the force in 2015.
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