Category results for "Elderly"

More Help from Medicare for Quitting Smoking

Smokers on Medicare who want to quit can now get up to eight sessions of counseling. Sessions will be free beginning in January under the new health care reform law.

Older Adults Who Drink Moderately May Live Longer, Study Says

Researchers found that moderate drinkers live longer than both non-drinkers and heavy drinkers, even when other health and demographic factors are considered.

Treatment Admissions Way Up for Older Americans

The excesses of the Baby Boomer generation are starting to show up at the door of U.S. treatment programs, which saw admissions of patients ages 50 and older almost double between 1992 and 2008.

HHS Seeks Comments on Plan to Address Multiple Chronic Health Problems

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled a draft strategic framework for improving the health of people with multiple co-occurring long-term or chronic health conditions (e.g., health disease, diabetes, other behavioral health disorders) and is soliciting comments on the plan. Comments on the plan from the HHS Interagency Workgroup on Multiple Chronic Conditions can be submitted through June 16.

One in Three Elderly Drinkers Face High Risk of Harm, Study Finds

One-third of American drinkers over age 60 consume excessive amounts of alcohol, are at risk of dangerous interactions between alcohol and medications, or have illnesses that can be exacerbated by drinking, according to researchers.

Health Benefits from Smoking Bans Greater for Older Nonsmokers

Past research has shown a reduction in heart attacks after communities ban indoor smoking, and a new study finds that limiting exposure to indoor tobacco smoke may be especially beneficial for men and women ages 55-74.

Arterial Damage Reversed When Smokers Quit

Smokers get a variety of benefits when they quit, including improved arterial health and better levels of good cholesterol, even though they tend to gain some weight, researchers say. The Associated Press reported March 15 that a study by James…

Inhalants are Drug of Choice in Early Adolescence, Report Says

A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that inhalants trail only alcohol among the substances used by 12-year-olds to get high, Reuters reported March 11. In fact, more 12-year-olds — 7 percent of…

Indoor Smoking Ban Signed into Law in Kansas

 A bill banning smoking in indoor public spaces in Kansas has been signed into law by Gov. Mark Parkinson, the Associated Press reported March 12. The measure passed with bipartisan support in the state legislature. It will take effect on…

Drug Reformers Look to Baby Boomers for Support

Growing numbers of older Americans are using illicit drugs, and groups seeking to reform U.S. drug policies see aging Baby Boomers as potent allies.

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