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Amazon.com reached an agreement with the State of California legislature, so the Silver Buzz Cafe Store is back. :-)


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Senators Reintroduce The Caring For An Aging America Act

The Caring for an Aging America Act has been introduced for the third time, but is it likely that the Republicans will let it pass into law? [...]

Republicans Insult And Harass 9/11 Responders Who Need Health Care

How low can they stoop? The GOP is insulting 9/11 first responders by denying them specialized health care unless they agree to have the FBI check their personal details against the Terror Watch List beforehand. [...]

New Dementia Care Model Improves Health And Lowers Costs

A new model for dementia care resulted in improved health for older adults and their family caregivers and lower healthcare costs. [...]

Advanced Robotics Making Great Strides In Health Care

Japan, which has a higher percentage of older people than any other country in the world, has been exploring the use of robotics in health care for many years. One of their latest developments can help stroke victims learn to walk again. [...]

Fiscal Responsibility – #2 – Could Texas Save $2.4 Billion A Year By Dropping Medicaid?

Texan Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a Republican, wants to try to save the state $2.4 billion a year by opting out of the federal Medicaid program. Could it work? [...]

Hospital Robots Improve Drug Handling

In our series on medical equipment we covered the various kinds of robotic surgery systems out there. We’ve also looked at Japanese research into using humanoid robots for routine but arduous nursing tasks, such as lifting patients. Today we’ll look at the application of industrial robotics to a relatively simple, but extremely important problem, dispensing prescriptions in hospitals. [...]

New Study Reassesses Aging Populations

An international collaboration of scientists has now developed new measures of aging that take changes in disability status and longevity into account. Their study gives policymakers new tools to more accurately determine the cost of an aging population and to determine more appropriate retirement ages. [...]

Church Run Hospitals Provide Best Care

A Thomson Reuters study, built on data from the Reuters Top 100 Hospitals report, found that church run hospitals are more likely to provide better care and are run more efficiently than their secular counterparts. [...]

Things That Every Caregiver Needs To Know

With more than 65 million people in the United States serving as informal caregivers, generally for family members, it’s important that they learn how to find their way through the entangled web of information connected to the cared person’s case. [...]

United States Ranks Ninth In End Of Life Care Index

Sarah Palin has repeatedly lied about the government’s intent to set up “death panels“, regurgitating her claims again last week. She also cited the United Kingdom (UK) as a place where shadowy bureaucrats get to decide whether a sick person lives or dies. She’ll be shocked by the findings of an international study of end of life care. [...]

$8M Grant Will Fund Senior Care Telemedicine Study

An $8m rural health initiative grant from the Leona and Harry B. Helmsley Trust in New York will fund a three year test of telemedicine and sensor technology to help frail seniors stay healthier and delay institutional care. It will involve about 1,600 clients in 40 rural cities. [...]

H.R. 3043 - The Forgotten Health Care Bill

Adult day centers play an important role in the lives of seniors who live alone at home. They generally provide social contact, basic health monitoring, inexpensive meals and activities. Private donations to them have declined as a result of the bad economy and Medicaid and other programs don’t have the funds to keep them running at their current level. One of the casualties of the protected health care and insurance reform battle was a little known bill called “The Medicare Adult Day Services Act of 2009, H.R. 3043“. [...]

National Nurses Week and International Year of the Nurse

National Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6-12, ending on the day of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Nightingale was the British woman recognized as the founder of modern nursing. It’s also 100 years since her death, so organizations worldwide have joined together to honor her legacy. They have launched a sustained public awareness campaign to actively involve the world’s nurses, estimated to be more than 15 million, in a “celebration of commitment to promoting health in their communities, locally and worldwide.” In today’s article we look at the life and achievements of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. [...]

British Celebrity Chef Working On Improving Hospital Food

If you’re a typical American you probably think that British food stops at fish and chips and pies with unmentionable ingredients in them. That was pretty much true in the years during and after WWII, but Britain now has some of the best restaurants in the World, with many of them earning the coveted Michelin three stars. Now, one of the United Kingdom’s top restauranteurs has teamed up with scientists to tackle the problem of making hospital food more attractive to elderly patients. [...]

California Law On Nurse to Patient Ratios Has Saved Lives

California passed a controversial nurse to patient staffing law in 2004 that requires hospitals to meet minimum staffing levels that vary by the demands of each unit. However, until recently, there has been no clear evidence that the law has had any effect. A study by the University of Pennsylvania compared deaths from common surgeries in California in 2006, two years after the law was enacted, to surgical deaths in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. [...]

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