Physical capabilities in midlife linked with survival

Researchers in a 13-year study that followed over 5,000 midlife adults found that a subject’s physical ability in midlife provided clues to whether they survived the next decade.  Subjects self-reported their physical ability for routine tasks such as grip strength, maintaining balance while standing and chair rise rate (the speed at which an individual goes…

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Doctor visits too short, too rushed

World News in Nursing Report ran an article about celebrating an increase in the average time doctors saw patients.  The increase was for 32 seconds longer.  That was in 2007.  The article was in response to consumer complaints that began at least as far back as 1995 that doctor visits were too short.  Even back…

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Studies investigate the effect of statins on cognition

In 2012, The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning linking the use of statins to memory loss and confusion unrelated to dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease.  Because of that warning, some experts recommended against the use of statins for the approximately 30 million, mostly older Americans, using statins to control cholesterol levels.  However, new…

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