Long Term Care News - Week of October 12, 2020
So many interesting links in this week's news, but the Weekly Breeder links are truly epic. Just wow.
Genetic Abnormality: At one of the ILTCI's a few years back, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimation Act (GINA) was all the buzz. Designed to limit health insurers' ability to decline or rate an applicant on the basis of their genes, GINA exempted life and LTC over concerns of adverse selection at a time when direct-to-consumer testing like 23&Me was beginning to flourish. Starting Jan 1st, things are gonna change in Florida...
Outlast, Endure, Overcome: No, that's not the slogan for CBS's Survivor, that's the label on one of ten OTC "brain boosting" supplements tested, of which five were found to contain drugs not approved by the FDA. Is the giant loophole in this $600M market still open? If your medicine isn't legal in the US, simply put it in an over-the-counter "supplement" and voilà!
Two-Way Mirror: In Greece, a "smart mirror" is in trials to detect signs of potential illness, including cognitive impairment.
Where's Waldo: This marks the second time this week I've been told how hard it is to find what you're searching for in medical records.
There's Always Skype: "Zoom fatigue is real," says one executive, though no one was arguing the point : )
Better than Laughter: "A good night's sleep is excellent medicine," say researchers who found the age when we turn from using sleep for brain building to brain maintenance and repair.