5 essential tips for seniors to avoid falls

Falls are unpredictable. As we age, they become potentially more dangerous. A fall can result in a wide range of serious injuries, including back injuries, broken hips or limbs or a traumatic brain injury.

Falls are especially common in the winter, when sidewalks and outdoor surfaces are often covered with a layer of ice and snow.

Let’s take a look at five effective ways to avoid falls:

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The dangers of giving birth in the U.S.

Expectant mothers hope for a smooth delivery and healthy baby. But shockingly, the United States is trailing other developed nations in many areas when it comes to maternal death rates, premature delivery rates, and infant mortality.

A four-year investigation by USA Today found that the United States is the most dangerous place in the developed world to give birth. Every year in the U.S., approximately 700 mothers die and 50,000 are injured during or after giving birth.

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Releasing medical records

Individuals have the right, per federal law, to access their medical records. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives patients the right to access their health information and medical records.

Unfortunately, the hospitals releasing this information are not always consistent in how they deliver that information and what they communicate to patients.

A recent study looked into the issue of hospital medical record requests.

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New law requires hospitals to disclose cost of medical procedures

In the United States, health care prices and costs are not easily understood.

Most patients do not know how much the medical services they are receiving cost. They submit their bills to insurance, pay their co-pay, and receive a bill. There is little attention paid to the actual cost of services or procedures.

But a new law may change that.

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How to deal with a condescending doctor

Visiting the doctor is usually not a pleasant experience. The situation is only made worse when the doctor is condescending, confrontational or in a hurry.

One thing patients know is that a doctor’s tone and demeanor matter.

A recent article on HealthLine examines how a doctor’s words and actions affect patients.

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Should pregnant women be included in research studies?

A recent article by NPR detailed the challenges doctors face in treating pregnant women with medical conditions – either pre-existing or pregnancy-related. The effects of certain medications may be unknown or unstudied, so doctors often rely on what they’ve always done.

Pregnant women are not typically involved in medical research studies, due to ethical and safety concerns for both the mother and the fetus. Pregnant women are among what is considered a vulnerable population, and studying them is generally not permitted.

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Google Street View cars being used to detect gas leaks

Gas leaks are extremely common in the United States. Many gas lines are decades old, and these older pipes are more likely to leak.

A gas leak can result in a catastrophic explosion or fire.

But even when a gas leak does not result in an explosion or fire, they can still be problematic.

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Is minimally-invasive surgery for cervical cancer safe and effective?

Minimally invasive surgery is often recommended by surgeons, and is a popular treatment for cervical cancer for many reasons. The incisions are small. The surgery recovery time is shorter. And there is a lower risk of infection and bleeding.

But a recent study shows a difference in survival and recurrence among women who underwent minimally invasive hysterectomy surgery, as opposed to those who underwent a traditional hysterectomy through an open abdominal incision.

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Neonatal health problems higher among black and Hispanic babies

Newborn Hospital A new study by the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention shows a large disparity between black and Hispanic babies and white babies when it comes to developing certain neonatal health conditions.

Black and Hispanic babies are more likely to be born prematurely than Caucasian babies.

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Alternative transportation options for older adults

Senior TransportationHaving a car and driving is something many of us take for granted.

For senior drivers who are about to stop driving, the loss of independence can be a difficult thing to go through.

Fortunately, there are transportation options available to help seniors get around, attend medical appointments, run errands, etc. Learning what ride options are available and figuring out how to use them can be overwhelming. But with practice and help from friends and family members, this is not an impossible task.

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