Older adults and their families often wonder: Where’s the best place to recover after a hip or knee replacement — at home or in a rehabilitation facility? Increasingly, the answer appears to be home if the procedure is elective, friends and family are available to help and someone doesn’t have serious conditions that could lead to complications. This trend is likely to accelerate as evidence mounts that recuperating at home is a safe alternative and as hospitals alter medical practices in response to changing Medicare policies. The newest data comes from a March study in JAMA Internal Medicine of 17 million Medicare hospitalizations of people from 2010 to 2016. All the patients were older adults and went home or to a skilled nursing facility after a medical procedure or a serious illness. Knee and hip replacements were the most common reason for these hospitalizations.MORE HEALTH: Report: Knee, hip replacements surged by 44 percent since 2010People who were sent … [Read more...] about More older adults with joint replacements recover at home, not rehab
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Nearly 20 years ago, scientists stunned the world when they announced they had decoded the genes that make up a human being. They hoped to use that genetic blueprint to advance something called gene therapy which locates and fixes the genes responsible for different diseases. Now, a clinical trial at the National Institutes of Health is doing exactly that in an attempt to cure sickle cell anemia, a devastating genetic disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people around the world every year. For the past 15 months we've been following the scientists, and patients, who are ushering in a genetic revolution. Jennelle Stephenson: I'm excited. Ray Stephenson Today is the big day. It's the day after Christmas, 2017, and 27-year-old Jennelle Stephenson has come with her father and brother from Florida to the National Institutes of Health, just outside Washington, DC. Jennelle Stephenson: Good morning. Dr. John Tisdale: Good morning. She's one of a small group of patients to receive an … [Read more...] about Could gene therapy cure sickle cell anemia?
Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press Updated 5:24 pm CST, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Rep. Craig Hall speaks to the Utah House Judiciary Committee in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Hall, R-West Valley City, watched his colleagues dismantle his bill to end conversion therapy and replace it with an alternative that he says would do nothing to stop the widely-discredited practice. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP) less Rep. Craig Hall speaks to the Utah House Judiciary Committee in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Hall, R-West Valley City, watched his colleagues dismantle his bill to end conversion therapy and ... more Photo: Leah Hogsten, AP Photo: Leah Hogsten, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Rep. Craig Hall speaks to the Utah House … [Read more...] about Push to ban LGBT conversion therapy stalls out in Utah
1 of 5 View 5 Items Steven Senne, Associated Press In this April 11, 2018, file photo, an unidentified 15-year-old high school student uses a vaping device near the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass. A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening concern about the new popularity of vaping among teens. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but results published Sept. 17, 2018, mean a little more than 2 million middle and high school students have used the devices to get high. Related Links What Utah found when surveying students about vape, alcohol use E-cigarette industry has few rules, but change seems likely SALT LAKE CITY — Nearly 5 million American high school and middle school students used tobacco products in 2018, with a dramatic increase in e-cigarette use anchoring the statistics. That has public health and other officials sounding an alarm for parents and … [Read more...] about Teen e-cigarette use is on the rise. Here’s what we know and don’t know (and why parents should be alarmed)
VAPING isn't as bad for you as you think, scientists say. The misconception that vaping is as harmful as tobacco smoking is common, with six out of ten people mistaking them for being equally as bad. And that belief is particularly pronounced in smokers and ex-smokers, a study funded by Cancer Research UK has found. "Tobacco cigarettes kill over half of those who smoke long-term, yet very few people know that nicotine is not the direct cause of smoking-related death and disease," said lead researcher Dr Leonie Brose. "We found those people who think nicotine is to blame for harms from smoking are more likely to think e-cigarettes and NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) are just as bad as smoking." Only 57.3 per cent of the 1,720 UK smokers and UK smokers correctly said that vaping was less harmful than smoking, while 21.8 per cent said it was equally as harmful. In fact, researchers from King's College London found that knowledge about smoking and vaping was actually dropping; more … [Read more...] about Vaping ISN’T as bad as you think! Deluded smokers ‘risk lives’ by refusing to switch to e-cigarettes, experts say