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Save the SHIP

Date: August 4th, 2016

In an era of increasing constraints on federal budgets, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted in June to approve a Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations (Labor-HHS) bill that would effectively eliminate the Medicare State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), which provides in-person and over-the-phone Medicare counseling to seniors and people with disabilities. While there is much to like in the Senate’s version of the appropriations bill, such as the expansion of funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that


America’s Ark for the Silver Tsunami: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Date: August 5th, 2015

The United States spends nearly 18 percent of its GDP on health care. With the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population comprised of those 80 and older, and many of these Americans aging with between three and five chronic conditions, finding new ways to get the most out of every health care dollar is essential to our nation’s long-term fiscal health. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the federal agency whose sole purpose is to improve the health


Turning the Lights on Superbugs

Date: November 24th, 2014

Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are deadly. Some estimate that these infections kill up to 70,000 people each year. They are also expensive. HAIs cost the U.S. healthcare system as much as $33 billion annually. Earlier this fall, with support from Cubist, the Alliance for Aging Research brought together an amazing group of leaders from the fields of aging, infectious disease, health care and government to discuss the disproportionate impact of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) on older adults and the need for an improved


Sepsis: Common & Deadly

Date: October 10th, 2013

Every year as many as one million Americans develop sepsis—a life-threatening medical condition that arises when the body initiates a powerful immune response against an infection. All types of infection can lead to sepsis—from an infected scrape, to pneumonia, to an infection at a surgical incision site, and no matter what the origin, sepsis can lead to death. Sepsis is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and up to 40% of patients do not survive. Anyone can get


Alzheimer's Treatment and Care at a Crossroads: Pursuing All Avenues to Provide Relief

Date: October 1st, 2012

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you’ve most likely wondered if there are any ways to relieve some of the burden of the disease, in addition to the pills to manage its symptoms. For many diseases like heart disease and diabetes, changes to diet and exercise are as high on health care providers list of advice for patients as a prescription for medication, but this isn’t the case with how they approach Alzheimer’s disease. You