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March 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

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

Income, education, and senior health in MA
A new report looked at the health of 60+ residents in every Massachusetts city and town and found that income and education levels exerted the most powerful influence on the health of individuals as they age. For the report, which was issued by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, researchers examined 121 measures, “including incidences of chronic diseases; access to health care, parks, and grocery stores; crime statistics; and smoking rates.”

Medicare payment plan could bring “stability” to docs
Congressional leaders are working on a plan that would eliminate Medicare’s sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors and bring “stability to payments for doctors who treat Medicare patients.” Many conservatives oppose the deal, stating that it does not fully pay for increased Medicare expenditures, while some liberals oppose the plan on the grounds that it will increase Medicare costs for some beneficiaries. If the plan is not passed, “(D)octors would face a 21.2% cut in payments on April 1.”

A pill for painless aging
Researchers hope to test a drug that could prevent or delay conditions related to aging, such as  heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. These researchers point to studies indicating that a number of drugs, including the Type 2 diabetes drug metformin, could delay the aging process and effectively combat a range of chronic diseases.

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