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.

Asking About an Older Person’s Appetite Can Be a Lifesaver

A simple question about appetite can provide insights into older people's general health that may help reduce their risk of dying, according to a study published in September 2014 in the journal Appetite. Emeritus Professor Mark Wahlqvist from Monash University's Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and the Monash Asia Institute led a team investigating the connection between appetite and mortality.

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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