A study conducted in the U.K. and reported by TIME Magazine offers evidence that the erectile dysfunction (ED) drug Viagra (generic name: sildenafil) may help lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. As one of a group of drugs known as phosphodiesterase Type 5 inhibitors, Viagra works by relaxing blood vessels and increasing blood flow in the penis. In a study published in Neurology, researchers found that these types of drugs were also associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s. The study analyzed the health records of nearly 270,000 men …read more
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Aduhelm had been given an accelerated but provisional FDA approval in 2021 but required additional study to gain full approval. At the time it was one of the first drugs that appeared to slow progression of, but not cure, Alzheimer’s disease, and thus moderately slow cognitive decline.
If you’ve received medical or other health services in recent years, even something as simple as a blood draw, you may have been invited to have information about your test results, along with certain specifics in your medical records, submitted to a biobank. Why would you want to do this, you may have wondered.
Medical experts say moments like the one Mitch McConnell experienced are not something to be brushed off as insignificant, even though such episodes can be very short-lived and the person seems back to normal fairly quickly. These freezes are referred to as events of altered mental status. They are neurological phenomena that in most cases call for a mental status exam. Some experts questioned why McConnell wasn’t taken to a hospital for evaluation to assess his overall cognitive and behavioral state.
As of January 1, 2024, changes have been made to the Medicare program that are designed to allow healthcare providers to serve more patients needing to access mental health services. Before 2024, only advanced social workers were eligible to bill for Medicare insurance. Now, licensed clinical professional counselors and licensed clinical marriage and family therapists are eligible to bill Medicare for their clients. More than 65 million Americans currently rely on Medicare for their healthcare coverage.
The office of Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera has released information on initiatives Colorado is taking with regard to disabilities, various health matters, and healthcare costs. Below are the key components included in Primavera’s information.
A new tool known as the Brain Care Score (BCS) shows promise as a way to assess stroke or dementia risk without going through a medical procedure. The BCS rates how a person fares on 12 health-related factors concerning physical, lifestyle, and social-emotional components of health, according to a study published in December in the journal Frontiers in Neurology. The authors found participants with a higher score had a lower risk of developing dementia or suffering a stroke later in life.
Although some forms of memory loss are quite common in adults age 65 and older and may be of little concern, there are certain symptoms that indicate something more than normal forgetfulness is occurring. When these signs become consistent and concerning, it can affect the ability to safely age in place and may indicate it’s time to consider formal memory care as the more practical and secure alternative
For people navigating an often confusing healthcare system, such as Colorado caregivers often do, one source of help in some circumstances may come from a patient advocate. These are professionals who help patients and caregivers tackle the complexities of today’s healthcare system, allowing families to offload some of the bureaucracy stress and instead focus on the day-to-day demands of caring.
Jennifer Otto, content manager for SeniorResource.com, an online information source, says that while being a caregiver to a loved one with dementia can feel overwhelming, there are ways to provide that care while also creating a comfortable and safe environment. She offers the following tips.
The headline on the UCHealth Today blog posting summed it up: “First FDA-approved drug offers both promise and challenges.” This was in reference to Leqembi (generic name: lecanemab), a drug designed to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
AARP reports that the names of the first 10 Medicare drugs whose prices the federal government will negotiate directly with manufacturers were released in late August. “It marks the first time in history that the price of life-sustaining medications that millions of older Americans in the nation’s largest health program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new voluntary nationwide model designed to support people living with dementia and their unpaid caregivers. It’s called GUIDE, which stands for Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience.
Hear about Dr. Jessica Schuman’s mobile optometry practice covering the Denver metro–Mile High Senior Eyecare and Margie Guerrieri of Novir–provider of onsite vaccination clinics, testing and screening, virtual proctoring, and other preventative care offerings to the aging population.
Colorado is joining a pilot program called Making Care Primary (MCP) that was announced by the federal Medicaid and Medicare programs. MCP is designed to offer primary care providers up-front reimbursements and additional resources in exchange for transitioning to value-based care.
The longer a person lives, the greater is the time span in which they may have had a traumatic experience that they never fully recovered from. Classic examples are traumas suffered in war, catastrophic car accidents, sustaining severe injuries in a natural disaster, being a victim of a violent crime, etc.
A Colorado Coordinator of Pharmacy Services Recommends That Patients Do a Regular “Prescription Review”
Pharmacist Gina Harper, clinical coordinator of pharmacy services for UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital, discussed in a UCHealth online posting reasons why patients would be wise to periodically review the prescriptions they are taking.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) says ACOs are groups of clinicians, hospitals and other health care providers who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high-quality care to a designated group of patients. Referring specifically to Medicare-related ACOs, the Association says, “Coordinated care seeks to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.” …read more
In the area of mental health services for Coloradans, at least three forces are altering the landscape at once. One is the mandate that insurers must offer parity between mental and physical health coverage. Another is the severe ongoing shortage of mental health professionals to meet growing patient demand—including the increasing numbers of older Coloradans who are dealing with mental health challenges. And a third force is the emergence of various technology “substitutes” for patients to consult in lieu of seeing professional therapists in person.
Erin Emery, writing for the medical news hub UCHealth Today, confirms that anesthesiologists can find it more challenging to properly sedate patients who use marijuana—whether that be smoking, vaping, eating edibles or using tincture. The simple fact is marijuana can affect how anesthesia works. This is particularly true for chronic users, defined as those who use marijuana at least once a week.