February 01, 2018 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: February 01, 2018

Less heads in the beds: NIC

How low can it go? That’s a question many operators are ask- ing in the wake of a report by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care that reveals declining census numbers.

Anxiety is tied to Alzheimer’s

Anxiety symptoms that increase over time have been linked to elevated amyloid beta levels and the early signs of Alzheimer’s, according to Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers.

An ER visit can signal decline

An ER visit can signal decline

Visiting the emergency room can signal the beginning of serious health challenges for an older person even when he or she is not admitted, researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine contend.

Trump likely to push for regulatory relief

Trump likely to push for regulatory relief

At press time, President Trump’s State of the Union message was shaping up as one that long-term care operators would fondly remember. The White House has embarked on a pro-business agenda that tar- gets taxes and regulatory oversight. A debt plan passed in December will address the former by trim- ming corporate tax rates from…

C. diff linked to food additive

Providers have been put on alert that a specific sugar added to hundreds of foods could fuel outbreaks of Clostridium difficile. Trehalose is a naturally occurring sugar used an additive for taste and shelf-stability, scientists report in the journal Nature. Easily and cheaply extracted from corn starch, it helps feed certain strains of C. diff.…

Tough flu strains hit hard, plague elderly

Influenza hit most of the United States by early January, government officials said. ‘‘This is the first year we have had the entire continental US be the same color on the graph, meaning there is widespread activity in all of the continental US at this point,” said Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at…

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