Chronic pain is fairly common among older adults. Nearly half of community dwelling and up to 75 percent of institutionalized adults over 65 report some type of persistent pain. Coping with pain frequently involves a combination of prescription and over-the-counter medications, from NSAIDs to opioids. However, that approach can create a host of issues, including drug-drug interactions, balance and sleep problems, or addiction. Is there another way?
Investigations into what’s causing global obesity, who’s blocking regulation of addictive pain pills and who’s raking in billions of dollars from “liquid gold” urine samples were among the top winners in this year’s Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.
Palliative care has come a long way since it emerged onto the U.S. health care scene in the late 1980s. The number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals with more than 50 beds tripled between 2000 and 2015, skyrocketing from 25 percent to 75 percent, according to this Health Affairs article.
The authors define palliative care as “team-based care that focuses on providing relief from the pain, symptom, and stress of serious illness.” New York Presbyterian Hospital goes a step further, explaining, that it is “interdisciplinary care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life while simultaneously administering other appropriate treatments for patients with advanced, chronic, or life threatening illness.” Continue reading
The Valley of the Sun will host Health Journalism 2018, AHCJ’s annual conference marking its 20th anniversary. The conference in Phoenix is scheduled for April 12-15.
In the past two decades, AHCJ has grown to more than 1,500 members. The 2018 conference will feature more than 60 events over four days.
Health Journalism 2018 will launch early on April 12 with journalists lining up for field trips to local research, clinical and educational sites. On the same day, the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort will be the center of a series of skill-building workshops and a featured “Science of …” track covering stem cells, genetic testing and marijuana. Continue reading
President Trump last week signed a budget bill that is likely to affect the health of older adults in a variety of ways. Here’s an overview to help guide coverage in your community.
Thanks to the tenacious work of many of my colleagues, you can probably skip over much of the 600-plus pages of legislationese and go straight to the highlight reel. In a comprehensive New York Times piece, Margot Sanger-Katz, Brad Plumer, Erica L. Green and Jim Tankersley explain key provisions. Continue reading