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December 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

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

“Dashboard” lets Medicare members compare drug prices
Last week, the Obama administration introduced an online “dashboard” to increase transparency around drug prices. Using the dashboard, Medicare members can “compare spending on 80 drugs that have cost Medicare significant amounts of money in 2014.” In addition, users can “see trends in costs and the number of people using the drug over the past five years.”

A new look at elderly sleep patterns
A new study suggests that “clock genes,” which keep most people on a 24-hour daily cycle, may changes as people age. Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study may explain why many seniors take more naps or wake up earlier than they did when they were younger. The study also examines changes in “altered cognition, sleep, and mood in later life.”

More addiction and psychiatric treatment beds
In the coming year, Massachusetts may add some 415 new addiction and psychiatric treatment beds. This would add to the 300 beds that were added in 2015. The new beds will address the shortage of inpatient treatment options for individuals with drug and alcohol addictions and reduce waiting times for long-term residential services.

 

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