Health Care Providers & Health Info

Alzheimer’s Disease: Research Looks at Two Unusual Possibilities

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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Coloradans Should Be Alert to “Freezing” and Other Signs of a Ministroke

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.

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Changes Beginning in 2024 Could Mean More Mental Health Coverage for Coloradans on Medicare

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.

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New Brain Evaluation Tool Looks at How Lifestyle Factors Affect Dementia and Stroke Risk

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.

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Signs That May Tell Coloradans It’s Time for Memory Care

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

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Patient Advocates May Be of Help to Colorado Caregivers

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.

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Tips Offered for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Dementia

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.

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Many Coloradans To Benefit from Negotiated Drug Prices

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

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What Do Accountable Care Organizations Mean for Coloradans?

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

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Should Coloradans Rely on Apps and Chatbots for Mental Health “Therapy”?

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.

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Colorado Anesthesiologist Says Be Candid about Marijuana Use if You Need Surgery

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.

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