New England Journal Of Medicine

Flu-dose ally: higher antigen

Flu-dose ally: higher antigen

A high-dose flu vaccine with four times the amount of antigen in a standard vaccine was 24% more effective in protecting study subjects 65 and older against influenza complications.

Product offers hope for those with OSA

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A new device that gives mild electronic stimulation therapy to the upper airway during sleep is effective in reducing obstructive sleep apnea, according to new research.

Researchers note later start to dementia onset

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Education, better prevention and the treatment of high blood pressure may be delaying seniors' signs of dementia and Alzheimer's, according to studies reported on in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Newly unveiled artificial leg uses mind control to function

Newly unveiled artificial leg uses mind control to function

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Nursing home residents with an amputated leg might soon gain new walking independence, thanks to a motorcycle accident victim and researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

C. diff sources 'diverse': study

C. diff sources 'diverse': study

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New research challenges assumptions about how Clostridium difficile is transmitted.

Governors divided on Medicaid expansion, creating uncertain fiscal forecast for long-term care operators

Governors divided on Medicaid expansion, creating uncertain fiscal forecast for long-term care operators

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There are likely to be notable gaps in Medicaid coverage through the nation when major parts of the Affordable Care Act go into effect on the first day of 2014, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study released Wednesday.

Experimental drug prevents blood clots from forming in legs and lungs

The experimental drug Eliquis prevented blood clots in the legs and lungs and kept them from recurring, according to a new study. Patients who took the medicine were 81% less likely to have symptoms of a clot or die than those who received a placebo, according to findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Nursing home residents being treated successfully with Risperdal should stay on it, researchers recommend

Nursing home residents being treated successfully with Risperdal should stay on it, researchers recommend

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Taking nursing home residents with dementia off of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal might do more harm than good, according to new research.

CDC: Mortality rates for top five causes of death fell between 2010 and 2011

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Rates for five of the top 15 causes of death have fallen significantly over the past year, though overall lifespan has stayed the same, a government analysis found.

Medicaid expansion lowers mortality rates in older adults, new research shows

Medicaid expansion lowers mortality rates in older adults, new research shows

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States that have expanded their Medicaid enrollment in recent years saw a significant decline in mortality rates among older adults, new research finds. Such findings could influence whether states opt to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, researchers note.

Study: Alzheimer's drugs should be more widely used

Study: Alzheimer's drugs should be more widely used

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Alzheimer's medications typically used only in early stages of the disease can be more useful in later, more severe stages of dementia than previously thought, a new study suggests.

'New ground' broken in Alzheimer's, dementia research, scientists say

Deep brain stimulation, a procedure used to treat Parkinson's, epilepsy and chronic pain, enhanced the memory of epilepsy patients with memory problems, a small study has found. Neurologists say this result "breaks new ground" in exploratory treatments for Alzheimer's and dementia.

Rethink frequency of bone density tests, investigators advise

Frequent bone density tests for senior women may not be needed, according to a new study.

Automatic Medicare cuts better than super-committee options, report says

Automatic Medicare cuts better than super-committee options, report says

The 2% across-the-board Medicare cuts that would be triggered by a deficit-reduction committee failure to agree on an acceptable budget are preferable to the likely alternatives, a leading healthcare advisor has suggested.

Daily antibiotic use could reduce COPD flare-ups, study finds

Long-term daily doses of the antibiotic azithromycin helped prevent life-threatening flare-ups of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a new study finds.

Researchers: obese seniors need exercise, diet

A new study shows those over 65 should continue with diet and exercise, dispelling a traditional belief that weight loss can cause the elderly to lose muscle and bone mass.