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Rehab Facility Can be a Menace to Your Health

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are the places you go to get physical therapy and other treatments to make a full recovery from a hospital stay, perhaps where you got a new hip or knee, or had complex surgery on your weak heart, or you recovered  from a stroke or from pneumonia. The SNFs should be…

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New App delivers health care wishes in a crisis

Mom, 93 with congestive heart failure and crippling arthritis, living a thousand miles away, falls down, breaks a hip and is rushed to the ER. The doctors get her stabilized, and see she has your name in the wallet as the emergency contact. An ER nurse  calls you to discuss her treatment. On your phone…

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How to Fight a Nursing Home Eviction

When you or someone you love enters a nursing home, you don’t surrender rights at the door. You  can be evicted only under very specific circumstances. It’s not enough for a social worker, or a nurse, or a doctor, or the manager to say, “Your Dad is a difficult patient and he would be better…

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Hospitals Full of Deadly Germs: How to Stay Safe

The hospital can be a dangerous place. You go there to get healed but there is a significant risk you can get sick from a germ you pick up there. “Although there has been some progress, today and every day, more than 200 Americans with healthcare-associated infections will die during their hospital stay,” said Centers…

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Should you get a new hip? A Patient and Her Doctor Talk

Hear from a  patient and her doctor about making the decision to undergo major surgery. This is from the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the US government. And, a second opinion, from the Mayo Clinic Dr. Rafael J. Sierra of the Orthopedics Department  answers a query: “I am an 84-year-old woman with a…

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Free Medical Tests from the ACA Can Save Your Life

The goal of the tests is preventive, to discover medical problems and begin treating them before they develop into full-fledged diseases and chronic conditions that will become painful and even life-threatening for the patient, and costly for the taxpayers who are supporting Medicare’s extensive spending. The tests were selected based on the work of the…

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Hospitals are Dangerous Places: Tips to Stay Safe

Hospitals are dangerous places, filled with sick people and germs and the potential for something to go wrong at any times. An estimated 100,000 people a year die in hospitals, from errors, from infections, from accidents. Here is some advice to keep you safe during your hospital stay . If you are going to have…

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12 Anti-Anxiety Drugs That Become Dangerous When You Get Older

Anti-Anxiety Drugs: Very Dangerous When You Get Older Tags, Dangerous Drugs, Drug Dangers for Older People, Benzo Dangers, Benzodiazepines, Anxiety drugs, Anti-Anxiety drugs   A drug that helped you cope with depression in your 30s, 40s, and 50s, can become a menace to your health when you enter your 60s and beyond. Too many patients …

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Help for Patients and Families Coping With Cancer

From the National Cancer Institute  Information to help caregivers cope while caring for a loved one with cancer, as well as help someone with cancer talk about and cope with the illness. View more than 100 organizations nationwide that provide emotional, practical, and financial support services for people with cancer and their families.  In English…

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