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Group defines long COVID in effort to unify healthcare entities, improve medical responses 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has published a new report that better defines long COVID. The group put together the consensus document at the federal government’s request. Other groups have assembled details on long COVID, but the information is segmented and there’s no unified definition.

Sitting more lowers odds of healthy aging, new report finds 

Sedentary behavior is associated with lowering a woman’s odds of healthy aging, while light physical activity is linked to better odds of healthy aging, according to a new report.

Study: Higher dementia risk among 9/11 attack responders tied to greater debris exposure 

People who responded to the World Trade Center attacks in 2001 and had more serious exposure to dust or debris were at a higher risk for developing dementia before they were 65, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Network Open.

Clinical briefs for Thursday, June 13

Study: Kidney disease in women linked to tooth loss … Heat raises heart blood flow, report shows … Smartwatches may aid in Parkinson’s progression … Report: Exercise in evening may better control blood sugar … BMI classification may need to expand, study finds

Analytics firm takes on EHR giant PointClickCare in ‘life and death’ information sharing lawsuit

Real Time Medical Systems has asked a federal judge to force the nation’s largest post-acute EHR provider to keep its clients’ data accessible, saying information blocking “will cause needless patient suffering, including otherwise-preventable hospitalizations and deaths.”

Bill demands prison time for nursing home investors guilty of ‘corporate greed’

A new Senate bill adds the threat of six years of prison time and considerable financial clawbacks and penalties for executives found to have “looted” healthcare organizations such as nursing homes, as described by the measure’s sponsors.

Pittsburgh nursing homes under fire may close if bankruptcy sale is blocked

A group of four nursing homes could face permanent closure if approval for a pending sale is denied. The facilities’ owners have already found a buyer as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, but the transaction could be undermined by a string of financial and legal troubles faced by those facilities, and several others that operate under the same ownership.

Also in the News for Thursday, June 13, 2024

New definition of long COVID delivers clarity, direction … Proposed federal regulation would remove medical debt from credit scores … Elder Justice Coordinating Council marks 10 years of elder justice initiatives, with eye on increased enforcement

Something tells us they’re into something good: Immanuel unites region’s seniors with Hermits, music, celebration

It’s common for senior care providers to look for ways to celebrate their residents, but few take it to as large a scale as Omaha, NE-based Immanuel Communities. 

Depression, memory decline trigger each other in older adults, study finds 

Depressive symptoms are linked to later memory decline in older people. The opposite is also true: Poorer memory is associated with an increase in depressive symptoms later on, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open.

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