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“Don’t You Work With Old People?”: Many Elder-Care Workers Still Refuse to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

This story was originally published by ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. They are two sisters in two states. Both are dedicated health care professionals who watched in horror as COVID-19 swept through the nation’s nursing homes, killing a staggering number of residents and staff...

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Did you know…Medicare pays for cognitive assessment and care plan services?

Experts predict that the number of men and women with Alzheimer’s disease will triple in the next 30 years, with about one new case every 68 seconds. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease affect the individual – and his/her entire family – in ways we can’t possibly summarize in this short blog. You can read more here. Fortunately, Medicare covers a specific visit for providers to make a thorough...

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Zantac unlikely to turn into chemical in the body, but concerns remain about how drugs age on the shelf

Pharmaceutical companies recalled metformin, a Type 2 diabetes drug, after finding high levels of NDMA impurities. Scott Olson via Getty Images When consumers get a prescription drug from the pharmacy, they assume that it’s been tested and is safe to use. But what if a drug changes in harmful ways as it sits on the shelf or in the body? One dangerous result has been the creation of...

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Could mitochondria be the key to a healthy brain?

Long before the earliest animals swam through the water-covered surface of Earth’s ancient past, one of the most important encounters in the history of life took place. A primitive bacterium was engulfed by our oldest ancestor — a solo, free-floating cell. The two fused to form a mutually beneficial relationship that has lasted more than a billion years, with the latter providing a safe,...

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How virus detectives trace the origins of an outbreak – and why it’s so tricky

The prevention of future pandemics requires examining viral family trees. Stockcrafter/iStock via Getty Images Plus   Every time there is a major disease outbreak, one of the first questions scientists and the public ask is: “Where did this come from?” In order to predict and prevent future pandemics like COVID-19, researchers need to find the origin of the viruses that cause them. This is...

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UM’s Business of Healthcare Conference Addresses Timely Topics

The Miami Herbert Business School Center for Health Management and Policy presented its 10th annual Business of Health Care Conference online on April 16. This year's annual meeting was entitled Policy, Politics & the Pandemic – U.S. & Beyond. The live event included sponsor presentations and videos, breakout sessions, and three panel discussions showcasing health care leaders from...

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