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2020

Years Before Diagnosis, People With Alzheimer's Lose Financial Acumen

Years Before Diagnosis, People With Alzheimer`s Lose Financial AcumenTHURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Even before signs of Alzheimer's disease or dementia appear, people are prone to make poor financial decisions, a new study finds.Older people diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's were more likely to miss credit card payments as early as six years before their diagnosis, compared with similar people without dementia (about 8% versus 7%), the researchers found.Patients with dementia were also likely to have lower credit scores in the three years before diagnosis than those without dementia (about 9% versus 8%). These financial problems were more common among patients with less education, the findings showed."Missed bill payments can have catastrophic consequences, like losing a home, car or business. By the time dementia is detected, it may...

CDC Director Warns of Dire Winter Ahead for COVID...

3 December 2020
CDC Director Warns of Dire Winter Ahead for COVID Hospitalizations, DeathsTHURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) – The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Wednesday that the coming winter months might be the darkest period yet in the coronavirus pandemic. "I actually believe they're going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation," CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told the Chamber of Commerce Foundation on Wednesday morning, adding that perhaps 450,000 Americans might be dead from COVID-19 by February. Right now, that number now is about 273,000, The New York Times reported.Another record-breaking day of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths underscored Redfield's grim warning.The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 on Wednesday passed 100,000, nearly double the highest point seen last...

Obesity Ups Women's Odds for Early Hip Fracture

3 December 2020
Obesity Ups Women`s Odds for Early Hip FractureTHURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Obese women are more likely to suffer a hip fracture before age 70 than those who aren't obese, a new study finds.Researchers analyzed data gathered from more than 12,700 women in Finland who were born between 1932 and 1941 and followed them for 25 years.The University of Eastern Finland investigators examined the link between the women's body mass index (BMI -- an estimate of body fat based on height and weight) at age 58 and their risk of hip fracture before age 70. They also studied the connection between BMI at age 70 and the risk of hip fracture up to age 80.As expected, the researchers found that the risk of hip fracture increased with age among normal-weight, overweight and obese women, but the risk of hip fracture before age 70...

Many Hospitalized COVID Patients Will Need Longer-Term...

2 December 2020
Many Hospitalized COVID Patients Will Need Longer-Term Care at HomeWEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- When COVID-19 patients go home from the hospital, their recovery is often far from over -- and many might benefit from home health care, a new study suggests.At a time when U.S. COVID cases are surging and hospitals are running out of room, experts say home health care could serve a critical role by allowing some patients to have shorter hospital stays and be monitored at home.But until now, little has been known about COVID patients' recovery during home health care.The new study suggests that, at least in New York City, they do well.Researchers looked at records from more than 1,400 COVID patients who were discharged from New York hospitals into care from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York -- a large nonprofit home health agency. "When...

Should Cancer Survivors Be Prioritized for COVID Vaccine?

2 December 2020
Should Cancer Survivors Be Prioritized for COVID Vaccine?WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer survivors have higher odds of dying from seasonal flu, suggesting they may also be at increased risk from COVID-19 and may need to be among the first in line for vaccination against both diseases.Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine analyzed medical data from more than 630,000 people in the United Kingdom between 1990 and 2014, including more than 100,000 cancer survivors.They found that the risk of flu-related hospitalization or death was more than nine times higher among survivors of lymphomas, leukemia and multiple myeloma than among those without cancer. This higher risk lasted for at least 10 years after cancer diagnosis.The researchers noted that these cancer survivors' absolute risk of severe flu...
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