Changes Proposed to Slow Medicare Spending

Changes Proposed to Slow Medicare Spending

Alarmed by the accelerating growth in Medicare spending for prescription drugs, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently called on Congress to take decisive action that could save the federal government billions of dollars. Pointing out that Medicare’s outlays for Part D prescription coverage had risen nearly 60 percent between 2007 and 2014, the commission outlined proposed changes that it ...

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Heart Attack Prevention: A New Role for Viagra?

Heart Attack Prevention: A New Role for Viagra?

Sildenafil citrate, the active ingredient in Viagra, could help to reduce the risk of heart attack or heart failure, according to findings from a recent U.K. research study. According to the American Heart Association, heart failure occurs when the heart muscle is weakened — as often happens in the wake of a heart attack — and unable to pump enough ...

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‘Himalayan Viagra’: What is It? And Why Do People Want It So Bad?

High in the fertile meadows of the Himalaya Mountains grows a parasitic fungus that is truly worth its weight in gold, and then some. Locally known in Nepal as yarsagumba, the so-called caterpillar fungus is reputed to have potent aphrodisiac properties, which explains why it’s sometimes referred to as Himalayan Viagra. However, overharvesting of the fungus, which grows at altitudes ...

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Zika Virus May Spread Through Oral Sex, Experts Say

Zika Virus May Spread Through Oral Sex, Experts Say

Mosquito season is upon us, and it’s just a matter of time before the first case of the Zika virus actually contracted in the United States through a mosquito bite is reported. However, it’s already known that the virus also can be spread through unprotected vaginal intercourse, and experts now are advising that it probably can spread through both oral ...

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Erection Help Could Soon Come from a Patch

Erection Help Could Soon Come from a Patch

Men suffering from erection problems could someday have an innovative new way to recapture their mojo. Instead of popping the little blue pill, they may be able to adhere a uniquely designed transdermal patch to their upper arm or abdomen that will quickly and painlessly infuse Viagra’s active ingredient into their bloodstream. Although the medication itself isn’t new, its method ...

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Why Insurance Companies aren’t Covering ‘Female Viagra’

Why Insurance Companies aren’t Covering ‘Female Viagra’

After a bruising battle to win FDA approval for their drug, the people behind Addyi are facing yet another obstacle in their efforts to promote this treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder, the most common form of female sexual dysfunction. And how they fare in this skirmish is likely to determine the ultimate commercial fate of the so-called “female Viagra.” ...

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Texas Doctors, Telemedicine Companies Seek a Compromise

Texas Doctors, Telemedicine Companies Seek a Compromise

For roughly five years, Texas has been on the front lines of a battle that could determine the future of telemedicine in the Lone Star State and, by extension, elsewhere in the United States. At issue is the regulatory framework under which telemedicine providers must operate in Texas. The agency responsible for setting telemedicine regulatory policy in the Lone Star ...

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What Do Older Women Want in Bed?

What Do Older Women Want in Bed?

Contrary to what you may have heard, menopause does not signal the beginning of the end of a woman’s sex life. It’s true that some adjustments may have to be made, but many women find that postmenopausal sex can be every bit as satisfying and enjoyable — though somewhat less frenzied — as the sex they enjoyed when they were ...

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Yes, You Can Get STDs at Any Age

Yes, You Can Get STDs at Any Age

Older Americans sometimes lose sight of the dangers posed by sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. Whether they think old age has conferred some sort of immunity on them or they simply don’t care, the facts indicate that more and more senior citizens are coming down with STDs. In a recent article posted at HuffingtonPost.com, elder care expert Derrick Y. McDaniel ...

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Skin Study Reveals Potential Limitations of Telemedicine

Skin Study Reveals Potential Limitations of Telemedicine

Telemedicine has proven to be a godsend in its ability to extend health care services to underserved patients in remote locations. It’s also ideally equipped to deal with certain specific forms of health care. However, a recent dermatologic study indicates that it may not be an appropriate tool for all medical disciplines. The study also reveals that not all telemedicine ...

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