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  • 'Free' Medical Alert Device Offers Harm, Not Help

    Well-being, Communication Design

    Robocall_medium_177_ Springhill Medical Scam Alert – AARP.org | The calls can grab your attention as a grim recorded voice warns of increasing rates of death and injury from falls or other home-alone medical emergencies. But the real incentive to proceed and "press 1" may be the promise of a free medical alert device that will quickly bring help when you need it the most. Here's what is likely to happen if you press 1: A live telemarketer comes on the line, and what was touted as a no-charge offer becomes a full press to get your credit card or bank account information for supposed monitoring fees or other expenses associated with the device. Other medical bulletin: SBA gov community and springhill korea group Give out that information and the possible result is identity theft. Officials warn that scammers are behind many of these robocalls, sometimes stealing the names of reputable manufacturers or inventing corporate names that often include the word "senior." Some of the callers falsely claim that your doctor ordered the device for you. Others — such as Instant Response Systems of New York, which was recently shut down following a Federal Trade Commission investigation — allegedly up the ante with legal threats. "They called seniors claiming they had already ordered a medical alert device and threatening them with a lawsuit if they didn't pay," says FTC attorney Arturo DeCastro. Jason (aka Yaakov) Abraham, who runs Instant Response Systems, did not respond to...
  • “An increase in brain inflammation, such as that caused by age, diabetes and obesity, is known to increase risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. Now scientists at UK's Southampton University are about to start a three-year study, using brain tissue generously donated by people who died with Alzheimer's disease, to see if inflammation caused by infections such as those of the urinary tract or chest, also speeds up progress of the disease.” – medical news today

    In an announcement released on Wednesday, study leader Delphine Boche, Lecturer in Clinical Neurosciences at Southampton, says: "Many of the known risk factors for Alzheimer's, like age, obesity and diabetes, increase inflammation in the brain and we think that infections could be another risk factor." "There is already evidence that the immune system is on high alert in people with Alzheimer's and we think that an extra trigger, like an infection, could tip the balance and make immune cells switch from being protective to harmful," she adds.

    Alzheimer's Research UK has already put £300,000 into the project. The money is part of the charity's £20m investment in leading dementia research in the UK.

    The study started in January 2013, and will add to the growing pile of evidence that shows how the immune system is implicated in Alzheimer's disease. The Southampton team believes that in Alzheimer's, the immune system goes beyond its role as protector of the body and starts causing damage, li...