People age 50 and older are more likely to get sick or die from foodborne illnesses, according to a new CDC report. Physicians had believed young children were most vulnerable but a review of 2008 data found hospitalization and death rates were higher for older adults.
A new study found that the cost of elderly care is more than double previous estimates, costing a caregiver on average $5,531 per year in out-of-pocket expenses. The findings also revealed caregivers use their own money to pay for transportation, medical co-payments and household items.
The CMS is launching an online rating tool to educate people about different Medicare drug plans. Unveiled in time for the start of a new enrollment period for Medicare's drug benefit, the online tool posted on medicare.gov allows patients to compare plans based on monthly premiums, co-payments and deductibles for the drugs they are taking.
The FDA has offered new guidelines for avoiding foodborne illnesses this holiday season. The guidelines focus on four areas: cleaning hands, fruits and vegetables; separating foods to avoid cross-contamination; cooking safely and thoroughly; and refrigerating food quickly.
A review of guidelines for screening, diagnosing and treating ulcerative colitis has led experts to suggest that family physicians must advocate for regular colon cancer screenings for patients who have ulcerative colitis. The review also includes five key recommendations for treatment of the disease.