Senior citizens are switching from privately run insurance plans to traditional Medicare when they face serious, long-term health conditions, a study shows. Researchers at Brown University found that 17 percent of Medicare Advantage patients who entered nursing homes for long-term care chose to switch to traditional...

My brother and I, normally close, have had a strained relationship for the past 18 months. The cause is sad but common: We don't agree on the roles each of us should play in caring for our aging mother. As the older (and, in my mind,...

After his wife's cardiac arrest, the 70-year-old man carefully avoided saying anything negative. He feared upsetting her — and thereby inviting another heart attack. Nor did his wife express her worries — her frustration, her sadness — for fear of upsetting him. Through this mutually protective collusion,...

John Walsh, the 69-year-old longtime host of America's Most Wanted and, this year, of The Hunt on CNN, has also been for decades a serious semipro polo player. And it was when those two worlds collided that Walsh, who estimates he has broken about 40...

The nation’s biggest pharmacy benefits manager has decided to cover two new drugs that lower artery-clogging cholesterol but raise concern over prices that can top $14,000 a year. Express Scripts said Tuesday that it will pay for prescriptions of Amgen Inc.’s Repatha as well as Praluent...

A healthy gut can help you lose weight, lower cholesterol levels, ward off a cold, improve immunity and much more. “To achieve these benefits, you need probiotics, live microorganisms present in food, and prebiotics, dietary fiber that nourishes probiotics,” says Penny Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor of...

In fact, drugs labeled "take one a day" often work better when taken at night. Modifying the timing of drugs to achieve the greatest benefit with the lowest risk of unpleasant side effects is called drug chronotherapy. There have been tremendous advances in timing treatments for...

It really doesn't seem fair: Hearing loss, a troublesome fact of life for more than 48 million Americans, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America, may increase the risk of cognitive problems and even dementia. By the time Americans reach their 70s, two-thirds have...

Chronically ill people enrolled in individual health plans sold on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges pay on average twice as much out-of-pocket for prescription drugs each year than people covered through their workplace, according to a study published Monday in the Health Affairs journal. Patients...

Senior citizens are switching from privately run insurance plans to traditional Medicare when they face serious, long-term health conditions, a study shows. Researchers at Brown University found that 17 percent of Medicare Advantage patients who entered nursing homes for long-term care chose to switch to traditional...