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Home births save money, are safe, UBC study finds
Having a baby at home can save thousands of dollars over a hospital birth and is just as safe for low-risk births, according to a new UBC study. (Medical News Today)

Spouses of stroke survivors face lingering health issues
Caregiver spouses of stroke survivors are at an increased risk of mental and physical health issues that may continue for years, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. (Medical News Today)

Home-based treatment is cost-effective alternative for heart patients
Post-discharge disease management provided in their own homes could be a cost-effective alternative for recently-hospitalized elderly patients with chronic heart failure (CHF)Just published in... (Medical News Today)

UNMC statewide study to test new model for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease, dementia
The responsibility of caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease or dementia can be overwhelming - physically, mentally and financially. (Medical News Today)

Smart diapers tell you when they need changing
In a bid to improve the care of the elderly and bed-ridden, researchers have developed a diaper sensor that alerts caregivers by SMS to inform them when the napkin needs changing. (Medical News Today)

Web-based patient-centered toolkit helps improve patient-provider communication
Health care organizations have been implementing health information technology at increasing rates in an effort to engage patients and caregivers improve patient satisfaction, and favorably impact... (Medical News Today)

Waiving Medicare's 3-day rule lessens hospital stay
For nearly 50 years Medicare has required patients to endure at least a three-day stint in the hospital before they become eligible for coverage of skilled nursing care afterward. (Medical News Today)

Dementia patients, caregivers prefer better care, support over research for Alzheimer's cure
Study finds dementia spending priorities chosen by those living with the disease differ from those in national Alzheimer's planMore than $100 million in federal funding was spent last year toward... (Medical News Today)

Unpaid carers foot the bill of cancer care
Unpaid carers to people with terminal cancer provide health and social care worth £219million each year. (Medical News Today)

Study seeks newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients and caregivers to measure impact of evidence-based educational materials
A study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and conducted by researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center seeks participants to determine the effectiveness of educational... (Medical News Today)

Dignity in dementia: new research reveals the challenges of providing good nutrition in care homes
Bournemouth University researcher to present results at American Alzheimer's Association International ConferenceUnexplained weight loss is often seen in people with dementia, which can lead... (Medical News Today)

Grandparents' affection piling on the pounds in Chinese children
New research published today (Friday 17 July) has revealed that affection from grandparents towards their grandchildren may play a major role in contributing to the childhood obesity pandemic in... (Medical News Today)

New Alzheimer's study reveals how spouse-caregivers sustain relationships
First study to reveal communication patterns that sustain these relationshipsWhen a spouse is cognitively impaired, marital communication is impaired. (Medical News Today)

Study: Nursing home care for minorities improves
A new study of nursing homes has found that, while disparities continue to exist, the quality of care in homes with higher concentrations of racial and ethnic minority residents has improved and that... (Medical News Today)

Five-year study sheds light on hospice care in assisted living facilities versus in-home hospice care
Researchers have found several key differences among people who receive hospice care - which maintains or improves the quality of life for someone whose condition is unlikely to be cured - in... (Medical News Today)

NHS Confederation response to Hunt's announcement that medicines costs will be published on drugs packs
Responding to Jeremy Hunt's speech yesterday, which included calls for a social contract between public, health and care services and an announcement that the indicative cost of medicines will be... (Medical News Today)

Pitt leads trial to reduce antibiotic overuse at post-acute and long-term care facilities
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will be leading a $1.5 million national trial to examine methods to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics in post-acute and long-term care... (Medical News Today)

Who takes care of whom? Surprising new evidence
New study from Population and Development Review finds rising need, reassurancesThere has been much recent discussion in the press of the plight of the so-called "sandwich generation," that is... (Medical News Today)

Patient outcomes could improve by preparing nursing homes for health information exchange
When older adults transfer between nursing homes and hospitals, inefficient and unclear communication between the organizations can hinder patient care. (Medical News Today)

Independence at home program national demonstration saves more than $25 million
Penn Medicine's house calls program improved care and cost savingsHouse calls, a long-running option dating back to the early days of medicine, can be used in a new way to improve geriatric care... (Medical News Today)

Study reveals surprising truths about caregivers
Caregiving is a part of daily life for millions of Americans, particularly the so-called sandwich generation balancing the needs of aging parents with looking after their own children. (Medical News Today)

Study finds novel population health management program yields major health improvement
The Aging Brain Care Medical Home, a novel population health management program implemented in the homes of older adults, achieves significant health improvement for individuals with depression and... (Medical News Today)

Physicians should help families with decisions about end-of-life care
About 20 percent of Americans spend time in an intensive care unit around the time of their death, and most deaths follow a decision to limit life-sustaining therapies. (Medical News Today)

Clear, strong stimulation may help prevent apathy for persons with dementia
Nursing home residents with dementia are less likely to be apathetic if they live in an appropriately stimulating environment, according to nursing researchers. (Medical News Today)

New report reveals feelings of guilt, fear and worry overshadow the lives of older carers
Guilt about not being a good enough carer, and worry and fear about what will happen to their loved one when they die are among the top concerns of older carers. (Medical News Today)

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