Include Alzheimer's on list of global pandemics; Need to improve pediatric palliative care;

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> It's time to redefine the term "pandemic" to go beyond the spread of infectious diseases and include Alzheimer's disease to the list since it is one of the world's greatest health threats, writes Michael Hodin, executive directive of the Global Coalition on Aging, in The Fiscal Times. Article

> A study in the Journal of Pediatrics found a need for improved pediatric end-of-life care, as a survey of 48 parents of children with a rare terminal illness wanted them to die at home, rather than in a hospital, but only 62 percent saw that happen. Study

> Henry Heimlich, M.D., the surgeon whose technique to save people from choking bears his name, saved a woman at his retirement home in Cincinnati using the Heimlich Maneuver for the first time at age 96, according to The Guardian. Article

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> A program created at a California hospital has cut opioid prescriptions by physicians by half and reduced recurrent emergency department visits for opioid abuse by close to 60 percent, according to AHA News. Article

> A Senate report released Tuesday highlights "systemic failures" by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA Office of Inspector General to stop the mistreatment of veterans at a Wisconsin VA hospital. Article

And Finally… She wore short shorts. Article