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National Study Says SNF Occupancy Rates on the Increase.

Last month, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) reported that the occupancy in U.S. skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) reached 83.7 percent in the first quarter of 2019, this being the first year-over-year increase since January 2015. NIC’s first quarter 2019 Skilled Nursing Data Report showed increased occupancy in both rural and urban…

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Better Science Needed to Identify clinical predictors that link cardiac arrest, brain injury, and death

The American Heart Association (AHA) releases a statement July 11 calling for better science to support clinical predictors that link cardiac arrest, brain injury and the patient’s death. The new research findings published in the AHA’s journal Circulation note that resuscitation and post-resuscitation care after cardiac arrest have both improved but mortality remains high Inaccurate Neurologic…

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Global Study Finds that Only Half of the Countries Have Cardiac Rehab Programs

According to a newly released research findings, over 20 million people develop heart disease worldwide each year, but there is only one cardiac rehab spot for every 12 of those patients to prevent another heart event. Heart disease is a chronic condition; cardiac rehabilitation provides heart attack patients structured exercise, risk factor management, as well as…

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Study Finds that Alzheimer’s Taking a Huge Toll on Medicaid Programs, Caregivers, Not Medicare

A Medicare Claims Study conducted by the Washington, DC-based Alliance for Aging Research and Milliman, a large international, independent actuarial and consulting firm, finds that caregivers and State Medicaid Programs, not Medicare, are burdened with the majority of costs associated with Alzheimer’s disease.  This study’s findings published in the June 25 issue of Journal of Managed…

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Study challenges “no pain no gain” requirement for patients with clogged leg arteries

Patients diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) should be given the option of pain-free exercise, suggests the findings of a recent study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).   According to the ESC article published June 20, around 200 million people worldwide have PAD, where arteries in…

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Senate Aging Committee Seeks Comments on Preventing Falls

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate  Special Committee on Aging, requests staff of Meadowbrook Care Center, New Jersey’s aging network and state officials overseeing the programs and delivery of services to the Garden State’s aging population, to provide recommendations to reduce senior’s risk of…

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Experts Stress Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy, Include Exercise and Diet

With June being designed as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) releases a report concluding that dietary supplements do not improve brain health or prevent cognitive decline, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The report calls on consumers to not take supplements for this purpose. GCBH is an independent organization, created by…

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After Traumatic Injury, African Americans May Face Challenges in Post Discharge Rehab

In research studies, racial disparities in trauma outcomes have been documented, but little is known about racial differences in post-discharge healthcare utilization. But researchers making a presentation at the Academic Surgical Congress on January 30 – February 1, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida, compared the utilization of post-discharge healthcare services by African-American and Caucasian trauma patients. …

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