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In the News

In the News is a collection of news stories about aging and disability issues, as well as news stories about ACL and ACL programs.

All of these links ultimately take you to external news websites. The information in the articles does not necessarily reflect the positions of ACL or the federal government, and ACL does not endorse the content of the articles or the publishing organizations. 

February 14, 2018
The New York Times (2/14, Kaplan, Belson, Subscription Publication, 12.8M) reports that on Feb. 14, the Food and Drug Administration “approved a long-awaited blood test to detect concussions in people and more quickly identify those with possible brain injuries.”
February 14, 2018
GenomeWeb (2/14) reports the National Institutes of Health “earmarked $2.5 million in fiscal 2018 to fund research projects that use omics technologies to investigate the targets and pathways contributing to the biology of Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias.” The agency said that it expects to fund two to three projects with the funds.
February 14, 2018
Kaiser Health News (February 14)
February 12, 2018
Jay Baruch, M.D., professor of emergency medicine and director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, writes in STAT (2/12, Baruch, 42K) about the importance of caring for the caregiver in the emergency department, and discusses the burdens that can sometimes weigh on caregivers.
February 12, 2018
The Kaiser Health News (2/12, Bailey) reports on a “common problem in medicine,” that physicians “can be so focused on trying to fix each ailment that ‘no one is addressing the big picture,’” such as when a patient is dying. Physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital are receiving training on how “to talk to seriously ill patients about their goals, values – and prognoses – while there’s time to spare.”
February 9, 2018
Bloomberg News (2/9, Kim, 2.9M) reported on the home care industry in a 4,100-word article. The piece highlights projections that 80 million people will be over 65 by 2050, compared with 50 million today. The article also discusses the growth in the number of home health agencies, the “aide shortage,” government programs’ spending on home healthcare, and the work conditions for home healthcare workers.
February 8, 2018
Kaiser Health News (February 8)
February 8, 2018
In “Health & Science,” the Washington Post (2/8, Graham, 14.56M) reports on a “new grass-roots movement in the US” begun “under the auspices of Dementia Friendly America” and “aimed at educating people about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.” The goal of the movement is to dispel “the painful stigma associated with these conditions and enhancing public understanding.”
February 5, 2018
The AP (2/5, Crary) reports on its website that new CMS data indicate “the percentage of long-term nursing home residents being given antipsychotic drugs dropped from about 24 percent in late 2011 to under 16 percent last year.” The results follow advocacy work by groups such as AARP to reduce antipsychotic use, and their “long-running campaign” gained new support Monday “with the release of a detailed report by Human Rights Watch urging” authorities to increase scrutiny of their

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