Three things you should know this week

August 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week:

One man’s journey through the mental health system
A three-part series published in the Boston Globe documents the struggles of Michael Bourne, a 33-year-old man with chronic mental illness. In addition to telling Michael’s story, the series shows how his illness affects his family, friends, and neighbors. It also details how the health care and law enforcement systems struggle to cope with the complicated issues surrounding an individual with behavioral health problems.

Medicare and Medicaid estimated to cost less
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has dropped its 10-year projected cost of Medicare and Medicaid by $89 billion due to reduced costs for medical services and labor. For this year, however, CBO projects a $67 billion increase of federal spending for major health care programs.

Why seniors sleep less
A study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center may have the answer to why seniors sleep less than when they were younger.  According to researchers, older people have less of a chemical called “galanin,” which quiets the brain and allows for sleep. Galanin deficiency is particularly pronounced in Alzheimer’s patients – and sleeping troubles can compound their health problems.



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