Geriatrics

Quality improvement intervention helps pain management for seniors in the ER

Quality improvement intervention helps pain management for seniors in the ER

Researchers conducted an examination in patients over 65 years with moderate-to-severe pain in an academic emergency department.

High-dose vitamin D may decrease acute respiratory infections in elderly

High-dose vitamin D may decrease acute respiratory infections in elderly

Vitamin D supplementation may be associated with reduced ARIs among long-term care facility residents.

Warfarin may be linked to reduced thromboembolism in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation

Warfarin may be linked to reduced thromboembolism in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation

The reduction in thromboembolism was attenuated after accounting for competing death events.

New plaster cast may help seniors avoid surgery for ankle fractures

New plaster cast may help seniors avoid surgery for ankle fractures

Close contact casting may help older adults avoid surgery after an ankle fracture.

Using an evidence-based approach to diagnose IPF

Using an evidence-based approach to diagnose IPF

The importance of ruling out conditions other than idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is highlighted in this case of a 62-year-old female.

Appendicitis an important differential diagnosis in the elderly

Appendicitis an important differential diagnosis in the elderly

Older adults presenting with abdominal pain should be screened for appendicitis.

Consuming fiber from bread, cereal, fruits may improve aging process

Consuming fiber from bread, cereal, fruits may improve aging process

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Consuming dietary fiber from bread, cereal, and fruit may increase the likelihood of successful aging over 10 years.

Hypertension interventions are beneficial in older adults

Hypertension interventions are beneficial in older adults

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Even those who are in overall poor health and medically frail could benefit from hypertension interventions.

PCPs not addressing psychosocial issues in geriatric care

PCPs not addressing psychosocial issues in geriatric care

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Many geriatric patients expressed dissatisfaction with patient/provider discussions regarding psychosocial issues.

Adherence and hypertension in the geriatric patient

Adherence and hypertension in the geriatric patient

Addressing factors that lead to lack of adherence to antihypertensive 
therapy in elderly patients is crucial to improving outcomes.

The bravery of people with dementia

The bravery of people with dementia

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Facing dementia with strength and courage can inspire and comfort patients' families.

Understanding age-related macular degeneration

Understanding age-related macular degeneration

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Clinicians should be able to diagnose age-related macular degeneration and distinguish between dry and wet presentations.

Use of potentially lethal drug combinations increases in the elderly

Use of potentially lethal drug combinations increases in the elderly

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The rates of dangerous drug combinations, supplement use, and polypharmacy are increasing among older adult patients.

USPSTF: evidence insufficient for visual acuity screening in older adults

USPSTF: evidence insufficient for visual acuity screening in older adults

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The USPSTF has released a recommendation statement regarding screening for impaired visual acuity in older adults.

Keep the care in care coordination

Keep the care in care coordination

In a patient-centric model of care, the effort focuses on the patient's wishes.

Minimal benzodiazepine use associated with slightly higher risk of dementia

Minimal benzodiazepine use associated with slightly higher risk of dementia

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Patients administered low doses of benzodiazepines have an elevated risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease compared with patients who received higher doses.

Increasing weight loss linked to mild cognitive impairment in older adults

Increasing weight loss linked to mild cognitive impairment in older adults

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People who lose greater amounts of weight per decade later in life have an increased risk of mild cognitive impairment.

Shingles increases stroke, MI risk in elderly

Shingles increases stroke, MI risk in elderly

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Risk of stroke and myocardial infarction may be more than double in the first week following a shingles diagnosis in elderly patients.

High vitamin D doses may increase fall risk in elderly

High vitamin D doses may increase fall risk in elderly

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High monthly doses of vitamin D do not improve lower extremity function and may increase fall risk in the elderly.

Prostate cancer treatment linked to Alzheimer's risk

Prostate cancer treatment linked to Alzheimer's risk

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Patients treated with androgen deprivation therapy had a 1.88-times increased rate of developing Alzheimer's disease.

FDA approves adjuvant flu vaccine for use in the elderly

FDA approves adjuvant flu vaccine for use in the elderly

The FDA has approved Fluad, a trivalent flu vaccine with the adjuvant MF59, for use in patients aged 65 and older.

A new method for closing skin tears in elderly patients

A new method for closing skin tears in elderly patients

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Using a combination of sutures and Steri-Strips can help close skin tears in elderly patients with fragile skin.

Modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer's disease

Modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer's disease

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Research reveals that focus on diet, mental health, and lifestyle may help lower the number of new cases of Alzheimer's disease.

Calcium intake may not affect fracture risk

Calcium intake may not affect fracture risk

Two studies found no evidence that calcium intake is associated with fracture risk.

USPSTF aspirin recommendations vary by age group

USPSTF aspirin recommendations vary by age group

The USPSTF recommends low-dose aspirin for certain adults aged 50 to 69 years.

Vitamin D in postmenopausal women

Vitamin D in postmenopausal women

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Vitamin D did not improve bone and muscle outcomes in postmenopausal women.

Alternative medicine use common among geriatric oncology patients

Alternative medicine use common among geriatric oncology patients

Over 25% of geriatric oncology patients reported using complementary and alternative medications.

Diabetes is poorly controlled in a majority of elderly people

Diabetes is poorly controlled in a majority of elderly people

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The majority of older adults with diabetes do not meet the ADA's criteria for good management of their condition.

Nursing home residents should receive annual flu vaccine

Nursing home residents should receive annual flu vaccine

A new study provides evidence that yearly influenza vaccination benefited residents of nursing homes.

One-quarter of elderly women have osteoporosis, per CDC

One-quarter of elderly women have osteoporosis, per CDC

The CDC found that 24.8% of women and 5.6% of men aged 65 years and older had osteoporosis.

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