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How to Implement New Ideas for a Better Old Age

by JOSEPH F COUGHLIN AUGUST 20, 2013, 6:18 PM BigThink On macro and micro levels, longer life is not working out. Almost all nations are aging and will confront the disruptive demographics of an aging society, some sooner than later. But no nation has it right, because the scope of this challenge has never been […]

Over-90s ‘defying mental decline’

By Helen Briggs BBC News 10 July 2013 Last updated at 22:50 ET Today’s 90-year-olds are surviving into very old age with better mental performance than ever before, Danish research suggests. People born in 1915 scored higher in cognitive tests in their 90s compared with those born a decade earlier, according to a study in […]

High Disability Rates Persist in Old Age

July 8, 2013, 4:20 pm By PAULA SPAN NYTimes Weird berries. Capsules of unpronounceable supplements. Yoga or tai chi. Crossword puzzles. Such amulets, we’re told, may ward off disability — which is the real fear that accompanies aging, isn’t it? Not the sheer number of years that will have passed, but the things we’ll no […]

Retirement ‘harmful to health’, study says

16 May 2013 Last updated at 07:51 ET BBC Retirement has a detrimental impact on mental and physical health, a new study has found. The study, published by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a think tank, found that retirement results in a “drastic decline in health” in the medium and long term. The IEA […]

Health Chaos Ahead

By DAVID BROOKS Published: April 25, 2013 NYTimes It was always going to be difficult to implement Obamacare, but even fervent supporters of the law admit that things are going worse than expected. Implementation got off to a bad start because the Obama administration didn’t want to release unpopular rules before the election. Regulators have […]

Masculinity Crisis: The End of Male

By Zak Stone, from Tomorrow May/June 2013 -Utne Reader Traditional manhood aside, today’s real masculinity crisis is biological—environmental endocrine disruptors common in plastics and fertilizers may be contributing to rapidly declining fertility.

Information technology has revolutionalized financial services. So why is healthcare so far behind?

by Phil Fasano April 20 2013 -Gigaom Americans spend more than any other country on healthcare, and yet experience the worst medical outcomes of any developed nation. Investment and innovation in healthcare is an incredible opportunity for entrepreneurs that will benefit everyone. http://gigaom.com/2013/04/20/information-technology-has-revolutionalized-financial-services-so-why-is-healthcare-so-far-behind/  

Healing Our Healthcare System

Randi Weingarten President, American Federation of Teachers -Huff Post-The Blog I have yet to see a perfect piece of legislation, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as Obamacare, has real flaws. But even at this early stage, its accomplishments are important. Millions of previously uninsured people have gained healthcare coverage; the […]

For the Elderly, Diseases That Overlap – Interactive Feature

By MATTHEW BLOCH and HANNAH FAIRFIELD _NYTimes Sources: National Center for Health Statistics; EulerAPE Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure and heart disease are the three most common chronic conditions in assisted living facilities: 82 percent of residents have at least one of them, according to a new government study. But what is alarming is how […]

Our Inconsistent Ethical Instincts

By MATTHEW HUTSON -NYTimes Published: March 30, 2013 MORAL quandaries often pit concerns about principles against concerns about practical consequences. Should we ban assault rifles and large sodas, restricting people’s liberties for the sake of physical health and safety? Should we allow drone killings or torture, if violating one person’s rights could save a thousand lives? […]