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Higher HDL Cholesterol Levels Linked To Reduced Alzheimer’s Risk

Higher HDL (“good” cholesterol) levels seem to be linked to reduced Alzheimer’s risk in older individuals. High total cholesterol and triglycerides (dyslipidemia) and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease are highly prevalent in western societies. Approximately 1% of individuals age 65 to 69 years develop Alzheimer’s, with the prevalence increasing to over 60% for individuals older than 95… Read More »

Is Your Heartburn Medication Putting You At Higher Risk For A Hip Fracture?

According to new data from a recent meta-analysis, persons taking oral proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be at an elevated risk of sustaining a hip fracture.  The elevated risk, however, was not found among those taking H2-receptor antagonists (H2RA). 3-D schematic of the hip joint.( Courtesy, Getty images)Getty PPIs and H2RAs are commonly prescribed for… Read More »

Most in Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program to get higher payments next year

Dive Brief: CMS has released Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program results for 2019 showing that almost 60% of hospitals participating in the payment incentive program will see a “small change” (between -0.5% and 0.5%) in Inpatient Prospective Payment System reimbursement.  Just over half of those affected hospitals (55%) are set to receive higher Medicare reimbursement,… Read More »