Photo: Peter T. via FlickrLegendary boxer Muhammad Ali, shown after receiving the 2012 Liberty Medal in Philadelphia, Pa., had lived with Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years before dying in 2016 at age 74.
We probably all know at least one older person who has developed Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative neurological condition which affects one in every hundred people over age 60.
A small proportion (about 4 percent) of adults under age 50 can develop it too. The National Institutes of Health estimates that one million people in the United States are living with this condition. As the population ages, incidence will likely increase, putting more pressure on the health system at a time when funding for federal health and science programs and research is under pressure.
Parkinson’s affects a person’s movement, speech, cognition, balance and behavior. There is no known cure, nor can symptoms be reversed, though they can be managed through a regimen of multiple medications and therapy. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation estimates direct and indirect costs of the disease in the United States at around $25 billion annually. Continue reading
Telehealth services are gaining ground as a means to expand reach and keep health costs down.
But what about telemental health? On one hand, it could be a boon for older adults who may be isolated or otherwise unable to visit a mental health practitioner in person. However, as the American Telehealth Association notes, “the service must be provided to an eligible Medicare beneficiary in an eligible facility (originating site) located outside of a Metropolitan Statistical Area” or in a health professional shortage area (HPSA).” Continue reading
Effective reporting requires health journalists to be comfortable independently evaluating clinical studies and drawing their own conclusions about data. If you just rely on information from press releases, it’s akin to committing “journalistic malpractice,” as AHCJ Vice President Ivan Oransky often warns.
A new tip sheet from Bonny P. McClain adds to this fountain of knowledge. McClain explores why and how The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) can be a valuable partner in navigating our complex and ever-changing health system. Continue reading
In spite of progress getting better dental care to more children in recent years, it is estimated that more than one-third of Americans still face challenges in getting the oral health services they need.
Lack of money or insurance to pay for care, a shortage of providers in many communities, and challenges with mobility and transportation continue to pose formidable barriers, according to a recent brief from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Continue reading
In yesterday’s post about AHCJ members who won or were finalists for this year’s Pulitzer Prizes, we neglected to mention California Watch‘s editorial director, Mark Katches.
Katches, as deputy managing editor for projects and investigations at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was an editor on Raquel Rutledge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reports on fraud and abuse in a child-care program for low-wage working parents.
AHCJ has temporarily opened up access to articles and tip sheets that recently were written for us by this year’s Pulitzer winners and finalists. Don’t miss this chance to see what AHCJ members have access to every day.
And, just as a reminder, The New York Times‘ Michael Moss, who won a Pulitzer for his reporting on contaminated hamburger and other food safety issues, will be on a panel about food safety at Health Journalism 2010.