Collection of Health-Related Topics from Around the Web

Health of Gums may predict the condition of your heart. http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-11-2011/teeth-gums-and-heart-attack-stroke-risk.html Get Happy – Live Longer: http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/31/8565511-want-to-live-longer-get-happy-study-says; …and depression – chronic stress lowers life span http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111109093729.htm New MRI technique to diagnose ALZ http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111116162238.htm Walmart the next medical provider? http://seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Features/2011/20111110-WalmartWants.htm Which exercise is the best for you? http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/237374.php Health care costs of caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients…

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Medicare cuts payment rates for Home Health Services.

Medicare will cut payment rates to home health agencies by 2.3 percent in 2012 — the sixth consecutive annual decrease in fees to the industry. The decision, which will lop off an estimated $430 million from the program next year, follows concerns by a congressional advisory panel that the agencies are overpaid.  http://seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Medicare/2011/20111102-MedicareCutsPayments.htm

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Aging In Place: Stuck Without Options

Only a small percentage of Americans move after they reach retirement age, according to demographic researchers, meaning most will “age in place” in neighborhoods where daily activities require frequent car trips. With rising life expectancies, America’s largest generation will also be the oldest ever. Inevitably, aging experts note, a large share will find that their…

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