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NEWS Heart failure Anti-institution bias # 1 GOLD AWARD Best Online News Section 2008 drugs no help apparent at hearing www.mcknights.com By Brett Bakshis Commonly prescribed heart fail- ure drugs have little or no beneﬁt At Deadline on elderly people suffering from diastolic heart failure, according » The survey and certiﬁca- to a new study. tion system for nursing homes The drugs, which include sta- is undermined by chronic tins, beta blockers, diuretics and underﬁnding, according to calcium channel blockers, had a report from the General little effect on people in the study Accountability Ofﬁce. Some Photo: Wisconsin Department of Health Services whose age averaged 87. Findings facilities are going a decade were published in the March 15 between inspections, the issue of the American Journal of report notes. Investigators Cardiology. called for a re-examination, Lead researcher Dr. Ernst R. with an eye toward a complete Schwarz speculated that lower overhaul. doses of the drugs might be appropriate for people with the » Sens. Herb Kohl (D-WI) condition but added that more and Susan Collins (R-ME) research is needed. ■ Wisconsin health department secretary Karen Timberlake was among the reintroduced legislation to hearing speakers strongly focusing on home- and community-based services. set up a nationwide employee By John O’Connor tify indicated that nursing homes background check system. A recent Senate hearing called on should play a larger role. The measure is intended to lawmakers revamping the nation’s But while there wasn’t visible prevent people with criminal healthcare system to remember support for nursing homes, it histories from working in long- long-term care. But it seems many was clear that the panel viewed term care settings. Rep. Joe Photo: iStockphoto participants forgot that nursing “long-term care” as an important Sestak (D-PA) was planning to homes are still a central part of the component. introduce a companion bill in lon
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