Health

Smile! Good News about dentistry

If you’re one of those  Americans who shudder at the thought of even a routine dental visit—never mind root canals or fillings—there’s good news. It’s not your Mom’s dental office anymore. Dental advances span the spectrum from quicker X-rays to better crowns and fillings and even prettier aesthetics, among other things. “Two generations ago, people…

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Long Term Care Insurance: the basics

Many older Americans will need help as they age. Among those reaching age 65 in 2017, almost 70 percent will need some form of long term care in the future, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While most Americans expect long term care to cost $25,350, the actual price tag is more…

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The latest on new Medicare cards

To prevent fraud and fight identity theft, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been distributing new Medicare cards that don’t have the beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers on them. Senior Planet asked for an update on the new cards; here’s the latest from Ray Hurd, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Regional Administrator…

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Prostate Cancer? Here’s how to beat the odds

If you’ve got a prostate, the statistics can sound pretty scary.  It’s the second leading cause of cancer death in men, right behind lung cancer. African-American men have about a 15 percent chance of developing prostate cancer in their lifetimes, compared to about a 10 percent chance for white men, and African-American men are more likely…

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Meet the Member: Michael Butler

 Michael Butler remembers playing a hard-fought tennis match during a winter indoor tennis session, gasping and straining as he returned ball after ball. Clearly something was wrong. After resting over the weekend, he saw his doctor. Taking one look at him, his physician sent him immediately to the ER.  Seven hours of intensive testing later, Butler…

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Summer Hazard: Lyme Disease

Ah, summer. Prime time for outdoor barbecues, golf games, hiking, walking through the woods…and—uh, oh–ticks that can spread Lyme Disease. Sorry for the potential monkey wrench in the dreamy summer scenario, but forewarned is forearmed. Lyme Disease affects about 300,000 Americans annually, the CDC estimates. Most will recover. The usual treatment is a course of…

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New advancements in Stroke Prevention

Can there be good news about stroke?   Stroke—an interruption of the blood flow in the brain—has dropped from the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. to the fifth. It’s still a serious and frequent emergency—one occurs in the U.S. every 40 seconds – but medical advances mean that more and more people are…

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Medicaid Work Requirements Update

The Trump Administration recently announced that it will allow states to require Medicaid recipients to work, take job training, or do community service to stay eligible for the program. To date, ten states have asked to make this change, and the administration has given the greenlight to the first—Kentucky. What will the requirement mean for older adults,…

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Good news about bad pain

If your back, knees or neck persistently act up, you may be one of the 100 million people in the U.S. affected by chronic pain. It’s defined as pain that persists longer than 12 weeks…and you may be way too familiar with how your doctor greets you when figuring out what to do about it—asking you,…

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