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Why Hillary Clinton Thinks Americans Can’t Have Paid Family Leave

America is one of the few countries lacking federally funded family leave, but the former secretary of state can’t see it happening anytime soon; it’s detrimental to think of Alzheimer’s as a natural consequence of growing old; meanwhile, fireflies, those beautiful glowing insects, are cannibals. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE



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In California, a Raft of Measures to Improve Conditions and Oversight of Assisted Living

California lawmakers last week unveiled a dozen legislative proposals aimed at stiffening regulations governing the state’s roughly 7,700 assisted living facilities, residences that offer room and care to tens of thousands of frail or ailing people, most of them seniors.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Medicare Wants to Ban Doctors Guilty of ‘Abusive’ Prescribing, but What Exactly Does That Mean?

When the agency that runs Medicare announced last week that it would take action against doctors who prescribe abusively in its massive drug program—perhaps banning them—it raised an interesting question.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Help the Helpers

This is a story of the poor versus the poor, a metaphor for income inequality in 21st century America.

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE



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The U.S. Has the Best Health Care System in the World—for Drug Companies

Two new articles dive into the ways in which the pharmaceutical industry has gamed the market forces behind U.S. drug prices, and how sweetheart deals between doctors and financing firms are gouging the economically vulnerable.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Elderly Women Hit by Poverty More Often Than Men

An analysis of recently released census data finds a disconcerting difference in poverty levels between men and women—particularly those over age 65—and unconscionably high levels for women of color. More than one in three Native American women live below the federal poverty line.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Relax, Relax at the Dying of the Light

AARP magazine, which boasts the largest circulation of any periodical in the world, used to focus on injustice, something it now calls “negativity.”

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE


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What Would Thomas Friedman Write?

The columnist receives the satire treatment; a gay GOP group places an anti-Chuck Hagel ad in The New York Times to get President Obama’s attention; meanwhile, the Chinese government is mandating people visit their elderly parents. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 READ MORE


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Inside the Health Care Huddle

In these clips from Thursday’s bipartisan meeting on Capitol Hill, we see Republicans and Democrats making their cases for what should rank among the highest priorities in health care reform legislation.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Ted S. Warren

A Calamity in the Making

A major reason for enacting health reform is the fate of elderly and disabled patients—especially the indigent—in nursing homes and assisted-care facilities. Nobody is affected more by the confluence of the health care stalemate and the recession than these patients.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


Getting Old in the Land of Independence

As a society, and as individuals, we are woefully unprepared for aging, even when it’s our parents. About 34 million Americans provide at least some of the care for frail, aging family members, and yet we don’t see it as a normal, predictable part of the life cycle.

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 READ MORE


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sailusfood.com

A Curry a Week

A curry a week may keep the doctor away. Or more precisely, curcumin, a component of turmeric—a key spice in curry powder—has been found to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia if consumed once or twice a week.

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 READ MORE


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cosmosmagazine.com

Mexico City Unveils Bold ‘Free Viagra for Seniors’ Plan

Now here’s one way to win elections: Government officials in Mexico City are offering free medication to hombres of a certain age who suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


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msnbc.com

70-Year-Olds Still Get It On, Reports Says

An ongoing Swedish study has shown that 70-year-olds are more likely now to have sex—and women to have orgasms—than in any decade since the 1970s. Sixty-eight percent of married men and 56% of married women reported having sex after turning 70, an increase of about 15% in both cases.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE


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medecineworld.org

Bad News for Older Smokers

Cigarette smoking is even worse for your health than previously thought. Dutch researchers have found that smokers over the age of 55 are 50 percent likelier to develop some form of dementia.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


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life-senior-insurance.com

Sex Ed for Seniors

Although many assume the elderly lead largely abstinent lives, AIDS is on the rise among seniors as HIV-positive Americans are living longer than ever. With one study suggesting the majority of HIV patients in New York will be over 50 within a decade, AIDS workers are beginning to pay more attention to the senior set.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


Heat Wave Kills 140 Californians

About 140 Californians died last month from a severe heat wave, the most casualties since 1955, when air conditioning became widespread.  Officials were left scrambling to explain the inordinately high number of deaths, unusual for a place where people are used to the summer heat.

Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


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From BlueNC via AMERICAblog

Elizabeth Dole’s Fundraiser Disguised as Tax Form

She sends out a GOP fundraising letter that appears to be from the IRS and instructs the recipient to respond.
A really dirty trick.
Blogger BlueNC broke the story, and AMERICAblog has good coverage.

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


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