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Category: Senior Healthy Living

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Nursing Job Market Tough This Year

Unfortunately, a new problem has arisen for nurses and those who depend on their care. This year though there aren’t enough nurses out there to care for the sick, there are also many new RNs standing in unemployment lines. How can there be such a huge demand for nurses and simultaneously a crowd of nurses with nowhere to work?

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Does Boniva Really Work? WellPoint Says No

WellPoint, one of the nation’s largest health insurance agencies, sparred off against the drug Boniva, which is marketed by Genentech. In 2009, WellPoint made it more difficult for beneficiaries to use Boniva, which is used to treat osteoporosis, after conducting a study on the drug. Sufferers of osteoporosis are primarily women, who experience weak bones and a greater risk of suffering bone fractures. Post-menopausal women have the highest risk of developing osteoporosis because they lose estrogen, a key element in strengthening bones.

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Men, Quit Skipping Your Check-Ups!

“Men are 24% less likely than women to go for their routine check-ups.” Men skipping doctor’s visits hinder preventative healthcare efforts. This in turn could lead to higher healthcare costs for the Baby Boomer generation. Preventative efforts for your health can treat a medical condition before it becomes a problem. Going to your routine doctor’s visits will boost your chance of detecting a medical condition when it first arises. If you are able to detect the condition early on, you will increase the likelihood that the condition will be treatable.

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2 Genetic Factors Linked to Alzheimer’s

Scientists have established that there is indeed a genetic component to Alzheimer’s, APOE, which is connected to early onset types of the illness. The researchers haven’t found out what the genes actually do, but the hope is that by studying the genes, doctors will be one step closer to putting the pieces of the Alzheimer’s puzzle together.

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