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Older Adults Seen as Strong Leaders on Climate Change Issues

Older adults are powerful allies in addressing climate change, according to new research. The research shows that older adults are at risk for the effects of extreme weather events and climate change, but they are also a potential resource for climate action.

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Adults with Disabilities Screened Less Often for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in the United States, with nearly 135,000 cases reported in 2016. The likelihood of surviving colorectal cancer is strongly related to the stage in which it is diagnosed. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine looked at screening adherence rates and found that individuals with certain disabilities are less likely to receive recommended preventive screenings. The researchers hope the finding will lead to targeted interventions and increased awareness for these individuals.

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Palliative Care Integration Improves Many Measures of Quality

Cancer patients admitted to the hospital with advanced stages of disease who were referred early to palliative care had decreased health care utilization and increased use of support services following discharge, according to a new study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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Philanthropy Imperative for the Future of Aging Services

It is estimated that by 2060, the population of Americans over age 65 will climb to 98.2 million -- double the estimated population in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A new report from the Giving USA Foundation questions how aging services organizations (ASO’s) will be able to fiscally bear that growth.

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It’s Possible to Create Stem Cells from Ordinary Skin Cells

A discovery, several years in the making, by a University at Buffalo research team has proven that adult skin cells can be converted into neural crest cells (a type of stem cell) without any genetic modification, and that these stem cells can yield other cells that are present in the spinal cord and the brain. The applications could be very significant, from studying genetic diseases in a dish to generating possible regenerative cures from the patient’s own cells.

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Infrequent Isolation Precautions Taken at Most Nursing Homes

New research from Columbia University School of Nursing shows that isolation precautions are infrequently used for nursing home residents with multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization consider antibiotic resistance to be a serious threat, and past researchers have widely recommended isolation precautions be used to prevent transmission of antibiotic resistant organisms to other residents, visitors and staff.

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Here’s What’s Wrong with the GOP Plan to Restructure Medicaid

House Republican leaders have made clear they plan to overhaul Medicaid, either with a Medicaid “per capita cap” or a block grant, or give states a choice between the two, as part of the legislation to repeal Obamacare.

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New Data Reveals Aging Experiences of LGBT Americans

The findings reveal that 2.4 percent of older adults in the United States currently self-identify as LGBT, accounting for 2.7 million adults aged 50 and older, including 1.1 million aged 65 and older.

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Quarter of Americans Volunteered in 2015: Survey

Approximately a quarter of all Americans volunteered through an organization in 2015, while nearly two-thirds helped their neighbors in some manner, an annual report from the Corporation for National and Community Service finds.

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Pot Usage Rising among Older Adults Spurs Need for More Study

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has reported that cannabis use by persons over age 50 has outpaced recent growth observed across all other age groups. In 2000, about 1 percent of Americans over 50 had used it within the past year; by 2012, that number had risen to 3.9 percent.

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