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Older Americans show alarming uptick in drug abuse

The study also shows a sharp rise during this period in the proportion of older Americans admissions related to illicit drug abuse — even though alcohol abuse is still the leading cause for admissions involving this age group.

Tests help predict falls in Parkinson’s Disease

“Falls are a major problem for people with Parkinson’s disease and can lead to injuries and reduced mobility, which can result in increasing weakness, loss of independence and increased use of nursing homes,” said study author Graham K. Kerr.

Businesses should apply for federal relief to reduce retiree ins. costs, says Gov. Patrick

The program provides reimbursement to participating employment-based plans for a portion of the cost of health benefits for early retirees and their spouses, surviving spouses and dependents.

Problematic blood clotting contributes to Alzheimer’s Disease

A drug that interferes with that process could reduce the memory loss and dementia that are the most wrenching consequences of the disease, the findings suggest.

Obama and GOP bicker over doctors’ Medicare pay

President Barack Obama is asking Republican lawmakers to approve billions of dollars in new spending to avert a scheduled 21 percent cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients.

Rebate checks coming for people in Medicare Rx doughnut hole

Massachusetts Medicare recipients, who have fallen into the prescription drug coverage gap, have began automatically receiving $250 rebate checks to help with drug costs and other expenses, part of the new health care reform law.

Protect against health care fraud

Scam artists have hit the streets, airwaves and phone lines trying to take advantage of any confusion around the new health care reform law. ...