Posts by Barry

Prior Authorizations Now Required For Just About All Health Requests

Prior authorizations (PA’s) are now being required by many insurance companies for even the simplest procedures and prescription drug medications. This is angering consumers and health care professionals alike.   Insurers are mandating prior authorizations for a widening array of procedures, drugs and tests. Heretofore, prior authorizations were traditionally required only for expensive, elective or…

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Insulin Prices Shaping Up As Hot Button Issue in 2020 Election

Insulin prices are skyrocketing, for no apparent reason, and it’s shaping up as a hot button 2020 election issue. The cost of insulin has tripled between 2002 and 2013, according to a study by the American Diabetes Association. In addition, Medicare Part D spending on insulin jumped 840 percent between 2007 to 2017, from $1.4…

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Your Eyes: Do You Really Know How To Take Care of Them?

Your eyes are one of the most important parts of your body. Would you say that you really know how to take care of them? Could you recognize an imminent problem and identify it? Do you see your opthamologist every 6-12 for routine check ups?   These are basic questions that a Harris Poll recently…

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New Cancer Therapies Will Benefit Seniors This Decade

 New cancer therapies will benefit senior citizens in this new decade of the 2020’s. Seniors now living with cancer can look forward to better quality of life based on several medical breakthroughs. Statistics show that 80 percent of cancer diagnoses are in people aged 55 and older, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).  …

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Body Mass Index Gives You Information To Stay Healthy

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Body Mass Index (BMI) is an excellent tool that indicates if you are at a healthy weight. This information is important, as being heavy or obese raises your risk for type-2 diabetes, various cancers, heart attacks and strokes.   BMI is calculated by dividing your weight by your height.   In addition, keep in mind…

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FDA Gives Approval For Easy To Use TAP Blood Collection System

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The FDA, this week, approved the use of a TAP blood collection system manufactured by the Seventh Sense Biosystems.   This device is simple to use, and in addition to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and medical centers, it can easily be used at home by individuals. This is great for seniors as well as anyone…

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Every Day Aspirin For Seniors With Healthy Hearts Can Be Harmful

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Every day aspirin that is taken by seniors with healthy hearts can actually be harmful to their health, according to a published study in the New England Journal of Medicine.   The study examined nearly 20,000 healthy adults in the U.S. and Australia with a median age of 74. They found that a daily baby…

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Will Social Security Benefits Still Be Around When Your Kids Retire?

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Will Social Security benefits be around when your kids retire? That’s more than just the $64,000 dollar question. You probably remember that quiz show, but your kids don’t — as they probably weren’t even born yet.   Right now, it appears that the program will tank for lack of money in the year 2035. According…

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Rapamycin Makes Human Skin Look Younger, Reverses Aging?

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Rapamycin, manufactured by Pfizer, is a protein that controls cell growth and metabolism in response to nutrients, growth factors, cellular energy, and stress. It’s is used as a anti-rejection agent in kidney transplant patients aged 13 years and older.   Researchers at Drexel University, first showed that Rapamycin improved cell function and slowed aging in cultured…

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New Strategies Seniors Can Use To Lose Weight After Age 50

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New strategies to lose weight and keep it off are popping up just about every day. Many of these suggestions turn out to be fads or just useless. Whether you’ve battled weight gains for what seems like forever — it’s true that age can have a lot to do with the number on the scale. …

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