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Study raises fresh dementia concerns from playing pro soccer

Oct. 21, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A study of former professional soccer players in Scotland finds that they were less likely to die of common causes such as heart disease and cancer compared with the general population but more likely to die from dementia. The results raise fresh concerns about head-related risks from playing...

Trump cites his support for Medicare, slams Medicare for All

Oct. 3, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday accused Democrats of an all-out attempt to “totally obliterate Medicare” and portrayed himself as the program’s defender as he signed a directive to expand the program’s private insurance options. Trump skipped past...

Japan ups sales tax to 10% amid signs economy is weakening

Oct. 1, 2019 4:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan raised its national sales tax to 10% from 8% on Tuesday, risking short-term pain for the sake of the country's future financial stability as it copes with a fast aging and shrinking population. Previous tax increases, a 2-point increase to 5% in 1997 and another to 8% in 2014, brought on...

Feds crack Medicare gene test fraud that peddled cheek swabs

Sep. 27, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents took down an alleged Medicare scam Friday that exploited seniors' curiosity about genetic medicine by enticing them to get their cheeks swabbed for unneeded DNA tests. Medicare was billed $2.1 billion. Dubbed "Operation Double Helix," the crackdown targeted telemedicine...

Dutch Supreme Court asked to clarify euthanasia case

Sep. 26, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prosecutors have asked the Netherlands' Supreme Court to clarify legal matters in a landmark euthanasia case, saying Thursday they want to lay down unambiguous jurisprudence for the future. The Public Prosecution Service said by instituting "cassation in the interest of the...

Best Buy sees growth in health care technology for elderly

Sep. 25, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's largest consumer electronics chain, known for selling TV sets, cellphones and laptops, is looking to health care as a big source of its future growth. Best Buy Co. said Wednesday that in five years it hopes to provide 5 million seniors with health monitoring services, which can...

Authorities: 1 dead in Detroit assisted living facility fire

Sep. 23, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a man has died following a fire at an assisted living facility in Detroit that prompted the evacuation of dozens of elderly residents. The fire was reported about 3:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Manor on the city's east side and was quickly extinguished. Detroit police Sgt....

Pelosi offers Medicare negotiation plan to curb drug prices

Sep. 19, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people. The proposal would direct Medicare to bargain over as many as 250, but no...

Fire at hospital in Brazil kills 11 people, many elderly

Sep. 13, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A fire raced through a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, forcing staff to wheel patients into the streets on stretchers or in wheelchairs and killing at least 11 people, many of them elderly. Four firefighters were hospitalized after battling the overnight blaze at Badim Hospital and about...

Dutch court clears doctor in landmark euthanasia trial

Sep. 11, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch doctor was acquitted Wednesday in a landmark trial that prosecutors and physicians hope will help clarify how the country's 2002 euthanasia law can be applied to people with severe dementia. The doctor, who was not named in court, was cleared of any wrongdoing in...