Worried about getting old? Poll sees optimism grow with age

NEW YORK (AP) -- Feel down about getting older? Wish your life was better? Worried about all the problems that come with age? A new survey suggests you need only wait: Many pessimistic feelings held by people earlier in life take an optimistic turn as they move toward old age. Even hallmark concerns of old age -- about declining health, lack of independence and memory loss -- lessen as Americans age.

GOP leaders propose health bill changes to help older people

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top House Republicans hunting votes for their health care overhaul are proposing amendments aimed at providing more help for older people, curbing Medicaid and accelerating the repeal of some tax increases. The bill would let people deduct more medical costs from taxes. It would repeal many tax increases boosted by President Barack Obama's 2010 statute this year instead of 2018. Older and disabled Medicaid recipients would get more generous benefits.

Ryan: More help for older people needed in GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Days before a pivotal vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he will seek changes to a GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people. The new willingness to compromise was a bid for more support from moderate Republicans, who expressed continuing unease about the plan to replace Barack Obama's health law unless significant changes were made.

Health groups: Next cure may go undiscovered with Trump cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- What goes on the chopping block: Research into cancer or Alzheimer's? A Zika vaccine or a treatment for superbugs? Health groups say President Donald Trump's proposal to slash funds for the nation's engine of biomedical research would be devastating for patients with all kinds of diseases -- and for jobs.

Senate confirms Trump pick to head Medicare and Medicaid

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's pick to run Medicare and Medicaid won confirmation Monday from a divided Senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government's role in health care and society's responsibility toward the vulnerable. Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma, a protégé of Vice President Mike Pence, was approved by a 55-43 vote, largely along party lines.

Britain's soccer associations to fund dementia research

LONDON (AP) -- A large study is being funded by Britain's soccer associations to try to determine whether players are more prone to developing dementia. The announcement was made on Friday by the associations after they used a meeting of soccer's lawmaking body to back the introduction of electronic devices on the sidelines to enhance player welfare, including assessing potential concussions by watching video replays.

Colorectal cancer rare but rising among millennials, Gen X

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Colorectal cancer mostly strikes middle-aged and older people, but new research shows a disturbing rise in cases among young adults. Tuesday's study by the American Cancer Society is a reminder that while this type of cancer is rare in the young, no one should ignore symptoms just because the person is a 20- or 30-something. "We think these are very important findings," said cancer society epidemiologist Rebecca Siegel, who led the research.