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Early Assessments Reduce End-of-life Hospitalizations For Seniors

Better use of standard assessment tools could help long-term care homes identify which new residents are at risk of hospitalization or death in the first 90 days of admission.

A study from the University of Waterloo and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging has found that newly admitted residents' history of heart failure, as well as their score on the interRAI Changes to Health, End-Stage disease, Signs, and Symptoms (CHESS) scale, can accurately determine which residents are most at risk.

Moderate Amounts Of Healthy Fats Could Soon Be Allowed In Diets

Most public health guidelines including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans do not allow fat portions in excess. However, nutritionists and dieticians have now agreed that not all fats in the diet are bad and many of them could be allowed.

At present, there is ample evidence to show that not all forms of fats are bad for the heart and some are indeed good for the heart. Some of the fats may help to reduce triglycerides in the blood.

Health Care Industry Spends $30b A Year

Hoping to earn its share of the $3.5 trillion health care market, the medical industry is pouring more money than ever into advertising its products — from high-priced prescriptions to do-it-yourself genetic tests and unapproved stem cell treatments. Spending on health care marketing doubled from 1997 to 2016, soaring to at least $30 billion a year, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.