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Ebola shmebola! It's the real killers we should be worrying about

Ebola shmebola! It's the real killers we should be worrying about

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It's not hard to see why the Ebola outbreak has so many of us on edge. It's sort of like the proverbial monster under the bed. Except this time, the monster is no figment of our imagination. And now it appears ready to pounce on us.

Also in the news for August 27, 2014 . . .

Dementia sharply increases stroke risk ... CMS releases training tool to build respect for LGBT long-term care residents ... Canes fitted to the hip are better for stroke patients ... 'Mindfulness' training improves sleep, reduces depression in early-stage dementia

Stroke risk spikes with declining cognition, researchers say

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Older adults with cognitive impairment have a greatly elevated risk of experiencing a stroke, according to newly published research findings.

Also in the news for July 17, 2014 . . .

Strokes declined 25% among seniors ... All nations should ensure long-term care for seniors, declaration to UN states ... Lawsuit: Shift to managed care denies home health services ... House bill would halt home health payment cuts

Also in the news for June 16, 2014 . . .

Medicare drug procedure could burden dying seniors ... Drugs-then-therapy regimen raises hopes of full stroke recovery ... Docs reaffirm position on long-term care EHRs

Wrong blood-pressure readings being followed to prevent stroke and heart attack, leader of biggest study says

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Providers hoping to get a grip on the likelihood of patients suffering a stroke or an adverse cardiovascular event should pay more attention to nighttime hypertension readings, researchers say.

FDA approves heart attack drug

The Food and Drug Administration approved Zontivity (vorapaxar) tablets last week. The medication is meant to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular death or a need to operate to restore blood flow for patients with a previous heart attack or blockages in the arteries.

Stroke patients should have access to robust palliative care, American Heart Association urges in first-of-its-kind statement

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Stroke survivors have "enormous" palliative care needs, and healthcare providers should ensure they can provide these services, according to a scientific statement released Friday by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Flu shot cuts stroke risk 24%

Flu shot cuts stroke risk 24%

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People who are vaccinated against the flu are 24% less likely to suffer a stroke during that flu season, say British researchers who analyzed records of nearly 50,000 patients.

Flu vaccine cuts stroke risk by nearly 25%, researchers say

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People who are vaccinated against the seasonal influenza are 24% less likely to suffer a stroke during that flu season, according to recently published research out of the United Kingdom.

'Virtual hands' take stroke rehabilitation into a new realm, researchers believe

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3-D glasses soon might be seen in long-term care facilities as well as movie theaters, thanks to a potential breakthrough in stroke rehabilitation. Stroke survivors in a study successfully used a virtual reality system to activate parts of their brain linked to motor skills, researchers recently announced.

Stroke survivors unaware of therapy options for spastic muscles, survey finds

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Many stroke survivors don't know about the therapy options that can address spastic muscles, which is a common and often disabling condition, according to a recent survey.

Strokes drastically reduce quality of life, showing need for better care systems, researchers say

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The system of post-stroke care warrants increased attention in light of a study showing people have poor quality of life in the years following a stroke, according to researchers.

All stroke patients should have access to rehabilitation, skilled nursing care: American Heart Association

All stroke patients should have access to rehabilitation, skilled nursing care: American Heart Association

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Every person who has a stroke should have access to needed rehabilitation and skilled nursing services regardless of how they are financing their healthcare, according to a new policy recommendation from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Treatable attention disorders in stroke patients are often undiagnosed, study finds

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Many stroke survivors have undiagnosed attention-related disorders that could be treated with therapy, according to newly published research.

Tough problem, simple message: PTSD, stroke and long-term care

Tough problem, simple message: PTSD, stroke and long-term care

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By now you may have heard: One in four stroke survivors develops post-traumatic stress disorder. "Only now are we starting to see that this is a serious problem," a lead researcher told me this week. And it's not just a problem related to stroke. It's time to admit it: We need better treatment for these people.

Post-stroke care should be 'uniform' across age groups, study finds

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Post-stroke treatments can benefit older people as much as younger ones, according to recently published research from the University of Georgia.

Diabetes research ignores older people, study finds

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Far too few clinical trials are focused on seniors with diabetes, according to an analysis recently published in the journal Diabetologia.

Left brain language function is linked to better post-stroke recovery from aphasia, researchers find

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After a stroke, adults rely on their left hemisphere to preserve language function or recovery, new research suggests. This discovery could open up new rehabilitation strategies, researchers say.

Stroke or dizziness? Bedside test can tell

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A bedside device that measures eye movements could become a standard way of determining if extreme dizziness is being caused by a stroke, researchers say.

Enzyme test could reveal who will need long-term care after one type of stroke, researchers say

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By testing for particular molecules in cerebrospinal fluid, doctors can identify who is most likely to need long-term care following a subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) stroke, according to researchers.

A study that may never be done — but should

A study that may never be done — but should

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Government agencies and lobbyists are famous for conducting studies that prove a point — theirs, namely. That's why I'll be very interested to see who will have the courage to conduct one of the most important long-term care-related studies that should be completed over the coming year.

Rising Alzheimer's toll presents an opportunity for vendors

Deaths linked to Alzheimer's disease have increased in the last decade while those for stroke, breast cancer and HIV have dropped, said researchers calling for more funding for the memory-robbing disease.

Bedside device accurately determines if extremely dizzy people are having a stroke, researchers find

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A bedside device that measures eye movements could become a standard way of determining if extreme dizziness is being caused by a stroke, researchers say.

Tuesdays with Kathy

Tuesdays with Kathy

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Amour isn't just a movie about an elderly couple. It also thoughtfully provokes questions about how families interact when confronted with long-term care situations. It also raises questions for caregivers.

Intra-arterial clot therapy does not lead to higher rate of independent living, researchers determine

Clot-busting devices administered through the artery do not improve victims' chances of living independently after a stroke, according to research published Thursday.

Quick treatment after transient ischemic attacks could prevent many strokes, researchers document

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Seniors who suffer transient ischemic attacks, or mini-strokes, are at greatly heightened risk for experiencing a full-blown stroke soon after and should seek treatment quickly. That's according to recently published research from neurologists at Chicago's Loyola University Medical Center.

Loopholes to help you track Medicare Part B therapy billing

Loopholes to help you track Medicare Part B therapy billing

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Every time we send our patients to the hospital for rehab-related tests, exams or services, these services are billed to Medicare Part B, and, therefore, reduce our cap allowances. Any small oversights could have major impacts on our ability to successfully track therapy cap levels. Here's some help.

New stroke guidelines stress fast treatment, involvement of caregivers outside hospital

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Rapid treatment and vigilant, trained post-acute care providers allow the damage caused by strokes to be minimized, according to guidelines released Thursday by the American Stroke Association.

Long-time aphasia sufferers speak fluidly with help of iPod touch

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Those who have experienced Broca's aphasia for decades can speak more fluidly through therapy that involves mimicking other speakers, according to study results published in the journal Brain.

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