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Federal Program Misses Problem Nursing Homes

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON – A government program that brings extra scrutiny to poorly performing nursing homes leaves out hundreds of troubled facilities, investigators report. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services identifies up to 136 nursing homes as “special focus facilities” subject to more frequent inspections…

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Once Just an Aging Sign, Falls Merit Complex Care

By John Leland MEDFORD, N.J.  Katherine Aliminosa, 93, shattered her lower leg while getting snacks for her nieces. Susan Arnold, 87, broke her hip hanging a photograph. In mid-July, in a nursing unit of a retirement community here, the two women were at the start of a recovery process that…

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FDA Calling for Warnings on Epilepsy Medication

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will seek to include strong warnings about suicidal behavior on the labels of 11 epilepsy drugs, according to documents posted on the agency’s Web site. The FDA will ask companies to update labels for the drugs, including Pfizer Inc.’s Lyrica, with black-box warnings, the…

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Census Reports Senior Citizen Population To Double By 2050

By: Bradley Vasoli, The Bulletin (Philadelphia) A U.S. Census Bureau report yesterday said the number of citizens age 65 and older will more than double their current number from 38.7 million to 88.5 million in 2050. American residents who are 85 and older will meanwhile triple in number from 5.4…

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Half Kids Who Died in Crashes Had Teen Drivers

Two thirds of young passengers also weren’t wearing seat belts, study says An AP article as it appeared on on March 4, 2008. CHICAGO – Car crashes are the leading cause of death for tweens and teens, and a new study outlines some of the most dangerous circumstances: Riding…

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National Rating System for Nursing Homes to Go Online in December

By Stephen Baetge Spectrum Staff Writer A new, five-star system which helps consumers searching for a nursing home is scheduled to go online at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Compare Web site by the end of 2008. The innovative new system rates Americas nursing homes…

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