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Congress and A Failure to Address Health-Care Costs

Although the U.S. Senate has killed a bill that would have changed the way Medicare pays doctors, that issue remains just as crucial, according to a commentary in the journal JAMA Surgery.
The bill, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, was supported by physicians’ organizations as well as both Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives.

6 Ways to Steer Clear of Identity Theft

Editor's note: These days, people are more vulnerable than ever to identity theft, and many seniors find themselves faced with it at the most vulnerable time in their lives. A lifetime's savings can suddenly disappear, leaving you without the money to provide the best possible health care for yourself and your family. Here, experts from the credit agency Experian's ProtectMyID program offer some smart tips to prevent the nightmare of identity theft.

Diabetes Duration Linked to Blood Vessel Complications

Research published in Septemner 2014 in Diabetologia,the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, shows that age (or age at diagnosis) and duration of diabetes disease are linked to the risk of death and marcovascular complications, meaning those in larger blood vessels. However, only diabetes duration is linked to the risk of microvascular complications, meaning smaller blood vessels such as those in the eyes.

Breast Screening Over Age 70 May Lead to Overdiagnosis

Mammograms for women over the age of 70 s doesn't prompt a sharp fall in advanced disease and may instead lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment, according to research led by a team based at Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands.

“Urgent Need” to Evaluate Evidence for Introducing New Joint Implants

Ever since the failures in 2014 of some metal on metal hip implants were brought to light, the introduction of new joint implants has been the focus of major scientific and policy discussions. The safety of several new technologies "could be compromised," warn the researchers, who call for improved stakeholder oversight to prevent patients from being further exposed to new devices "without proper evidence of improved clinical benefits and safety."

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