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Better tools needed to detect delirium in ERs
Delirium is an acute confusional state that often results in increased mortality and long hospital stays for the elderly. (2000-10-15)
Not enough evidence that multivitamins prevent infections in the elderly
There is currently not enough evidence to suggest that multivitamin and mineral supplements prevent infections in elderly people, finds a study published online by the BMJ today. (2005-03-31)
A sense of home important is in residential care for the elderly
Many elderly people in residential care feel insecure during relocation or renovation work -- but there are ways of handling the situation. (2010-04-04)
Re-examine the approach to treatment decisions of the frail elderly in hospitals
In this guest editorial for the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr. (2006-06-05)
Infectious diseases bring millions of elderly to emergency departments each year
Investigators estimate that during 2012, there were more than 3.1 million emergency department visits for infectious diseases among elderly US adults. (2016-01-04)
New research about DVT
The following news briefs are embargoed until the date/time listed below each title. (2007-10-24)
Link between sleep and cognitive impairment in the elderly
Daytime sleepiness is very common in the elderly with prevalence rates of up to 50 percent. (2017-01-31)
Effecting change in prescribing patterns
Researchers reporting in this issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal say an intervention program designed to help eliminate inappropriate prescribing of benzodiazepines had no effect on prescribing patterns. (2003-03-31)
Impact of inactivity on muscles more severe for older people
According to a recent study published in The Journal of Physiology, researchers have been able to document for the first time how the same period of inactivity has a greater and more severe impact on the muscle power of the lower limbs of the elderly than young people, which is essential for movements like climbing the stairs. (2018-01-04)
The coming crisis of long-term care
Care for the elderly--whose responsibility is it, and who pays for it--is the focus of this week's editorial. (2003-05-22)
Primary care and emergency department use among elderly patients
In this population-based cross-sectional study of records for 95,173 elderly Quebec residents, Ionescu-Ittu and colleagues found that having a primary physician and a high level of continuity of care lowered emergency department use by elderly patients. (2007-11-19)
Evidence vs. practice in managing asymptomatic bacteriuria
Despite compelling evidence not to treat asymptomatic bacteriuria in elderly residents of long-term-care facilities, these patients are often treated with antibiotics. (2000-08-07)
Elderly getting left out of critical cancer research
Despite the median age of cancer patients reaching seventy years old, leading oncology experts from around the world say elderly patients are often excluded from important clinical trials and are not being offered the same treatment options as younger patients. (2002-09-30)
EORTC study opens for elderly patients with HER-2 positive metastatic breast cancer
Although the incidence of cancer is higher in persons over 65 years old, we still have an inadequate understanding on how best to treat elderly cancer patients. (2013-06-19)
More years to life and life to years through increased motivation for an active life
Regular physical activity is associated with a lower risk of suffering depression in old age. (2011-11-01)
Shift In Care Of Elderly Is Falling On Shoulders Of GPs
The number of institutional care places for elderly people in Britain doubled to 563,000 between 1980 and 1995, with NHS beds accounting for less than ten per cent of the total by the end of this period. (1998-07-31)
EORTC and SIOG update expert opinion on management of elderly patients with NSCLC
In an article appearing in the Annals of Oncology, the EORTC Cancer in the Elderly Task Force and Lung Cancer Group along with the International Society for Geriatric Oncology have updated their expert opinion on managing treatment for elderly patients with non-small cell lung cancer. (2014-04-22)
Anticholinergic drugs linked to mental impairment in elderly people
Anticholinergic drugs may lead to mild cognitive (mental) impairment in elderly people, finds a study published online by the BMJ today. (2006-01-31)
Study finds elderly patients know too little about their medications
A study in the June 2002 Annals of Emergency Medicine finds only 15 percent of the elderly emergency department patients (over age 65), who were interviewed in an urban hospital, could correctly list all their medications, dosages, frequencies, and indications. (2002-05-30)
Elderly care is inadequate, especially in nursing homes
The quality of medical care that elderly patients receive, particularly those in nursing homes, is inadequate, concludes researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-03-13)
Preventive treatments in elderly people needs rethinking
Rather than prolonging life, preventive treatments in elderly people may simply change the cause of death -- the manner of our dying, say doctors in this week's BMJ. (2007-08-09)
Study shows subjective sensitivity skin temperature change is decreased in older insomniac adults
A study in the Sept. 1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that the subjective interpretation of temperature change is decreased in older adults, particularly those who suffer from insomnia. (2008-09-01)
Scan visualises poor memory in the elderly
Dutch psychologists have found that elderly persons with a poor memory demonstrate less activity in the mediotemporal lobe when storing new information than elderly persons with a normally functioning memory. (2003-03-21)
3rd International Symposium on Transnational Aging
The research group 'Transnational Aging' headed by Professor Cornelia Schweppe and located at the Institute of Education at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany announces the 3rd International Symposium on Transnational Aging on the topic of 'Long-term care for the elderly across borders.' The International Symposium will be held in Mainz on Oct. (2016-07-18)
Benefits of screening colonoscopy in very elderly may be limited
Even though the prevalence of colon tumors increases with age, screening colonoscopy in patients over 80 years of age results in smaller gains in life expectancy, compared to younger patients, according to a study in the May 24/31 issue of JAMA. (2006-05-23)
Hearing, voice problems worsen seniors' communication skills
Hearing and vocal problems go hand-in-hand among the elderly more frequently than previously thought, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. (2009-05-30)
Reducing polypharmacy among seniors
The administration of many drugs together to elderly patients is a well-known problem in geriatrics. (2001-04-30)
A role for mutated blood cells in heart disease?
A new study provides some of the first links between relatively common mutations in the blood cells of elderly humans and atherosclerosis. (2017-01-19)
The power of doctors makes elderly patients passive
Elderly patients are often critical towards the meeting with the doctor. (2009-10-27)
In Diabetics, Unsteady Blood Sugar Level Predicts Higher Risk . . .
Wide swings in blood sugar levels can spell trouble, a study of elderly diabetics in today's American Heart Association journal Circulation finds. (1997-09-11)
Greater representation of elderly patients in Phase III trials are needed
A recent study published in the March 2013 issue of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer's Journal of Thoracic Oncology, investigated the degree to which exclusion or underrepresentation of elderly occurs in practice-changing clinical trials in advanced NSCLC. (2013-02-21)
Why are the elderly so vulnerable to pneunomia?
A study featured on the cover of the March 15 Journal of Immunology is providing insight into why the elderly are so vulnerable to pneumonia and other bacterial infections. (2011-03-11)
Chemotherapy helps elderly patients with small cell lung cancer
In the Oct. issue of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer's journal, the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, researchers conclude that chemotherapy is associated with a greater than six-month improvement in median survival among elderly patients with SCLC, even in patients over the age of 80 years. (2013-09-04)
Damage to brain vessels increases the chance of dementia and depression
Dutch researcher Niels Prins has discovered that elderly people with a lot of damage to the small blood vessels in the brain have a greater chance of developing dementia or depression. (2004-04-13)
Senior citizens at risk for untreated asthma
A Johns Hopkins study of elderly persons found that many have either moderate or severe asthma that has been underdiagnosed or undertreated. (2001-05-23)
Elderly people would welcome living wills
Over 70% of elderly people in the UK are interested in making a living will and most have clear views on the issues raised by them, reveals a study in this week's BMJ. (2000-06-15)
Delirium is common in older gastrointestinal surgery patients
A new analysis indicates that delirium commonly develops in the older patients who have undergone gastrointestinal surgery. (2016-01-19)
Frail elderly disaster
Planning for emergencies must take into account the growing numbers of frail elderly people who will by virtue of shifting demographics be involved in any natural or man-made disaster, according to US researchers writing in the International Journal of Emergency Management. (2009-05-18)
Active aging is much more than exercise
The global population is aging rapidly, and the growing numbers of elderly challenge our societal structures, not least the health sector, which is why authorities encourage the elderly to lead active and healthy life styles. (2014-10-08)
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