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2020

Thousands of Health Care Workers Lack Insurance If COVID-19 Strikes: Study

Thousands of Health Care Workers Lack Insurance If COVID-19 Strikes: StudyTHURSDAY, April 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus pandemic has put a spotlight on the sacrifices of America's health care workers, yet many of them live in poverty and can't afford health insurance. A new study finds that more than 600,000 health care workers are poor and potentially without insurance or paid sick leave, and up to 4 million have health problems that put them at risk of dying from COVID-19. "It's nice that politicians want to label health care workers heroes and that people are going out and banging pots for them. That's clearly raising people's morale. But it also is important to make sure they -- and everyone else in the country -- has health insurance and decent wages and sick leave when they need it," said lead researcher Dr. David Himmelstein. He's a...

Pandemic Delaying Medical Care of Older Americans

30 April 2020
Pandemic Delaying Medical Care of Older AmericansTHURSDAY, April 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus pandemic has led many older adults to postpone medical care, a new survey finds. The University of Chicago survey found that 55% of U.S. adults aged 70 and older experienced a disruption in their medical care during the first month of social distancing. Thirty-nine percent put off non-essential care and 32% delayed primary or preventive care since social distancing began. And 15% said they delayed or canceled essential medical treatment, the survey found. "The first month of social distancing in America certainly saved lives, and yet it also created a situation where many older adults are not getting the care they need to manage serious health conditions," said Dr. Bruce Chernof. He is president and CEO of the SCAN...

More Trees, Parks May Mean Longer Lives for City Dwellers

28 April 2020
More Trees, Parks May Mean Longer Lives for City DwellersTUESDAY, April 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- More green spaces in cities could significantly reduce premature deaths and their costs, researchers say. Focusing on Philadelphia, they concluded that increasing the city's tree canopy by about one-third -- from 20% to 30% of land area -- could prevent more than 400 premature deaths a year and save nearly $4 billion in related economic costs. Increases of 5% and 10% in tree canopy could prevent premature deaths a year by 271 and 376, respectively, according to the study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain and the U.S. Forest Service. Poorer neighborhoods would see the greatest benefits from an increase in green spaces. "Many of the deaths prevented would be in the poorest areas of the city, even with a...

AHA News: Coronavirus Intensifies Existing Issues for...

28 April 2020
AHA News: Coronavirus Intensifies Existing Issues for Older ImmigrantsTUESDAY, April 28, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Even when there isn't a pandemic, America's growing population of senior immigrants faces health care challenges. "Because of linguistic and cultural barriers, their needs are vast," said Dr. XinQi Dong, director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. "And we really are not well-equipped as a society, and certainly as a health care system, to meet the challenges for their needs." Now, the fight against COVID-19 has made problems worse for many, Dong said. "There's a multi-level set of barriers that may make the experience of elderly immigrants even more difficult." Just communicating basic information about the virus can be difficult – especially...

Pneumonia More Deadly Than Hip Fractures for Hospitalized Seniors

23 April 2020
Pneumonia More Deadly Than Hip Fractures for Hospitalized SeniorsTHURSDAY, April 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors hospitalized with pneumonia are much more likely to die in the hospital and within two years of leaving the hospital than those with hip fractures, new research shows. But many older people don't recognize the serious threat posed by pneumonia, the researchers said. The study took place in 2009 to 2015, years before the coronavirus pandemic and its respiratory effects became a well-known threat to human life. For the study, the investigators compared outcomes among patients in France, aged 80 and older, who were hospitalized for either pneumonia (nearly 12,200) or hip fractures (nearly 4,800). The pneumonia patients had a greater number of other health problems ("co-morbidities") and a higher in-hospital death rate than the hip...
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