Who should consider colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and why? CRC is a common and costly disease, largely of the elderly, with nearly 25% of cases diagnosed among patients aged 75-84 years, but the guidelines for CRC screening of Americans aged 75 or older vary according to the source. In a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers found that CRC screening, consistent with recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, is not widely used by this segment of the population even though some patients are healthy and may benefit, and that appropriate follow-up is not taking place in a timely manner for some older adults.

As the older adult population grows and life expectancies continue to increase, more and more Americans face the difficult prospect of having to pay for costly long-term care. One of the ways consumers are answering this challenge is by purchasing long-term care insurance in order to help manage the sometimes overwhelming costs of care.

A proposed new test of different ways for Medicare to pay for drugs — including linking how much the program will pay to a medication's effectiveness — is drawing fire from critics who warn it could lead to reduced access to potentially life-saving treatments, and say it would directly conflict with Obamacare rules.

Cell Phone Identity Theft

Sometime in May 2016, the chief technology officer at the Federal Trade Commission — tagline, “Protecting America’s Consumers” —  was herself the victim of a growing type of identity theft. She found out when she was talking on her cellphone and right in the middle of the call, her phone stopped working. She had another cellphone on the same account and tried that one. It, too, had no signal. So she called her carrier.