Latest Seniors' health News

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...

In landmark test case, Dutch court acquits doctor who carried out euthanasia on patient with 'deep dementia'

Sep. 11, 2019 7:30 AM EDT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In landmark test case, Dutch court acquits doctor who carried out euthanasia on patient with 'deep dementia'

Draft Pelosi plan would overhaul how Medicare pays for drugs

Sep. 10, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft plan from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaked Tuesday would overhaul how Medicare pays for prescription drugs, by negotiating prices for costly medications, curbing annual price hikes, and limiting what seniors pay out of their own pockets. With President Donald Trump highly...

Scientists rethink Alzheimer's, diversifying the drug search

Sep. 10, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When researchers at the University of Kentucky compare brains donated from people who died with dementia, very rarely do they find one that bears only Alzheimer's trademark plaques and tangles — no other damage. If they do, "we call it a unicorn," said Donna Wilcock, an Alzheimer's...

US promotes free and open Indo-Pacific at naval exercise

Sep. 2, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

SATTAHIP, Thailand (AP) — A senior U.S. naval officer underlined Washington's commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific as the United States on Monday launched its first joint naval exercise with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell spoke at the opening ceremony of the...

Too old for president? Health and fitness a better question

Aug. 31, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Science says age is only a number, not a proxy for physical and mental fitness. But with three Democrats in their 70s vying to challenge the oldest first-term president in American history, age's importance will be tested as never before. Only a few years separate President Donald Trump,...

Landmark euthanasia trial opens in the Netherlands

Aug. 26, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A landmark euthanasia trial opened in the Netherlands Monday seeking to pinpoint what to do with dementia patients who have previously stated their wish to die under certain circumstances but later might have second thoughts. The court case centers on a 74-year-old woman who...

AARP chief: How living to 100 changes our ideas about aging

Aug. 25, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

Jo Ann Jenkins is the CEO of AARP, the world's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization. AARP is focused on helping people "improve their quality of life" as they age; it has more than 38 million members. Jenkins joined AARP in 2010 and became CEO in 2014. Previously she was chief operating officer...