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first_img 0 Comments   Share   NFL fans in Washington are not accustomed to seeing their team lose home games.In fact, before the Arizona Cardinals’ 17-10 win at CenturyLink Field Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks hadn’t dropped a home contest in 728 days.Needless to say, the unfavorable result didn’t sit well with the Seattle faithful, and in particular a local lawmaker.Joe Fitzgibbon (D), a representative in Washington’s 34th Legislative District, took to social media to vent his frustration at the loss and apparently his disdain for the state of Arizona. In a statement to The Associated Press, Fitzgibbon voiced surprise over how seriously people were taking his tweet.“If folks are going to take that too seriously, then I’m sorry about that,” he said.The Associated Press contributed to this report. – / 17 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Note: You can read Fitzgibbon’s public apology here.Fitzgibbon, who is also the Deputy Majority Whip, has since taken down the tweet, but in its place he sent out another one in an attempt to clarify his earlier remarks.Upset re hawks loss, and failure of smart immigration reform–shouldn’t have conflated the 2 though. Happy holidays, better for both in ’14— Joe Fitzgibbon (@joefitzgibbon) December 23, 2013 Makes us all look bad RT”@MikeBakerAP: here’s a screengrab of lawmaker calling AZ a “racist wasteland” after loss: pic.twitter.com/c3nkm0jWIB“— Rep. JT Wilcox (@jtwilcox111) December 23, 2013 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Costs Of Care For Dementia Patients Soar In Last Months Of Life

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Washington Post: End-Of-Life Care Vastly More Expensive For Dementia Patients Than For Others Families may spend almost twice as much caring for dementia patients at the end of life than they might if their loved one suffered from a different disease, a U.S. study suggests. Costs paid by Medicare, the U.S. health insurance program for the elderly, were similar over the final five years of life for patients with dementia, heart disease, cancer and other conditions, according to the study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. (Rapaport, 10/26) Costs Of Care For Dementia Patients Soar In Last Months Of Life, Study Finds Researchers found that end-of-life spending can be almost twice as much as for patients who suffer from a different disease. Three diseases, leading killers of Americans, often involve long periods of decline before death. Two of them — heart disease and cancer — usually require expensive drugs, surgeries and hospitalizations. The third, dementia, has no effective treatments to slow its course. (Kolata, 10/26) center_img Care in the last five years of life costs much more for patients with dementia than for those who die of heart disease, cancer, or other causes, a new study shows. In addition to costing more across the board, out-of-pocket spending for patients with dementia is 81 percent higher than for people with other diseases. according to the study, conducted by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dartmouth College and University of California, Los Angeles and funded by the National Institute on Aging. (Bahrampour, 10/26) Reuters: Out-Of-Pocket Health Costs Of Dementia Soar At End Of Life The New York Times: Costs For Dementia Care Far Exceeding Other Diseases, Study Finds last_img read more