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Finding Out When Things Go Wrong

August 27, 2015
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Sadly, adverse events continue to be all too common in medicine. The U.S. Office of the Inspector General estimates that “13.5 percent of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse events during their hospital stays.” In 2014, one news source noted that “Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third...
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Healthy Lifestyle vs. Medical Care

August 6, 2015
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An interesting study compares the health and longevity of Amish adults with average Caucasian adults living in the same area. The Amish people live a much healthier lifestyle and historically don’t believe in the use of electricity, machinery or technology. The Amish also tend to limit health care to what is required to address...
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Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Pneumonia?

June 30, 2015
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According to a new study, seniors with vitamin D deficiency appear more likely to contract pneumonia. Researchers found that “the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was ~80% in patients hospitalised with CAP (community-acquired pneumonia). Vitamin D deficiency was also a significant predictor of increased 28-day all-cause mortality.” This study underscores the importance of sufficient...
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Muscle Relaxant and Antihistamine Dangers

May 12, 2015
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Seniors can face greater dangers from certain drugs than younger people do. The amplified negative side effects can result in emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalization and even death (mortality). A new study looks at veterans (65 years and older) to determine the potential dangers of skeletal muscle relaxants (55,566 patients) and antihistamine drugs (60,058...
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More Green Space = Longer Life

October 23, 2014
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The impact of green space (parks, gardens, etc.) in our community is many times underestimated. These are not only places to relax and exercise, they can increase the life expectancy (LE) and healthy life expectancy (HLE) of the people living around them. A study from The Netherlands notes “the quantity and particularly quality of...
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Greater Muscle Strength Saves Teens

January 30, 2014
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A study of over 1 million teens found that muscle strength has an impact on their risk of death at an early age. The authors found that: “High muscular strength in adolescence, as assessed by knee extension and handgrip tests, was associated with a 20-35% lower risk of premature mortality (death) due to any...
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Sitting Hazardous to Your Health

November 19, 2013
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A number of studies have demonstrated that sitting increases all-death mortality as well as potentially shortens your lifespan. Another study adds more specific potential hazards in that “sedentary time (sitting) is associated with an (112%) increased risk of diabetes, (147% increased risk) cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular and (49% increased risk) all-cause mortality.” At this...
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Sitting More Dangerous than You Think

July 16, 2013
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A number of studies have revealed that a sedentary lifestyle can result in an increased risk of obesity, stroke, diabetes and death. A new study has now quantified just how dangerous excessive sitting and television viewing can be. Researchers found that “the estimated gains in life expectancy in the US population were 2.00 years for...
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Vitamin D + Calcium Reduces Elderly Death

June 11, 2013
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The benefits of Vitamin D are numerous. This prompted a study to see if there was an impact on the mortality rate of seniors. The study looked at “data on 70,528 randomized participants (86.8% females) with a median age of 70.” The researchers compared the mortality of those who took Vitamin D with and...
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Sitting is Unhealthy for Older Adults

March 5, 2013
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It doesn’t matter how old you are, how much you weigh, your gender or even how much exercise you get, sitting more than 4 hours per day can increase your risk of dying. That’s the conclusion of a recent study of more than 222,000 people age 45 and older. Researchers found that the longer...
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