Geriatrics

CDC: Elevated Flu Activity Expected to Continue for Several More Weeks

By February 16, 2018

So far this season, influenza A(H3N2) viruses have predominated, but other influenza viruses are also circulating.

FDA: New Clinical Decision Support Tool Helps ID Stroke Sooner

By February 14, 2018

The Viz.AI Contact application is a computer-aided triage software that uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to analyze images for indicators associated with a stroke.

Study Evaluating Verubecestat in Prodromal Alzheimer's Disease Stopped

By February 14, 2018

APECS is a randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, double-blind Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of verubecestat in people with prodromal AD.

Does Long-Term ICS Use Increase Fracture Risk in COPD Patients?

By February 05, 2018

Long-term ICS exposure at high doses was associated with a modest but significant increase in the risk of hip or upper extremity fractures.

Osteoporosis Treatments

January 31, 2018

Osteoporosis treatment and prevention doses including recommended calcium and vitamin D supplemental doses.

Confusion Common in Seniors Prescribed Antibiotics for UTI

January 22, 2018

One in 5 NH residents had received antibiotics within the last 30 days, of which 45% were for UTI.

A structured exercise program provides mobility benefits to all older patients, regardless of frailty status

January 16, 2018

The effect of physical activity at reducing the likelihood of major mobility disability (MMD) was not impacted by the baseline frailty status of patients in the study.

Majority Receiving 'End of Life Option Act' Drugs Take Them

December 28, 2017

Common reasons for pursuing California's EOLOA are not wanting to suffer, not being able to enjoy life

Do Vitamin D, Calcium Supplements Cut Fracture Risk in Older Patients?

By December 26, 2017

Thirty-three randomized trials (n=51,145) were identified that met the inclusion criteria.

Community Acquired Pneumonia Guidelines

December 05, 2017

Diagnose, treat, and prevent community acquired pneumonia using key recommendations from the IDSA/ATS CAP guidelines.

Most Multi-Med Patients Have Not Discussed Possible Drug Interactions

November 30, 2017

In terms of who is responsible for talking to patients about possible drug interactions, 11, 26, and 63% felt that the pharmacist, doctor, and both doctor and pharmacist are responsible, respectively.

New Study Sheds Light on Safety of Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents

By November 29, 2017

After adjusting for gender, age, education level, baseline neurocognitive performance, and others, the authors reported gadolinium exposure was not a significant predictor of cognitive decline, dementia, diminished neuropsychological performance or diminished motor performance

Steroid Injection Site Linked to Bone Changes in Osteoarthritis Patients

By November 29, 2017

Their results found that 22-24% of the hip injection group had new osteonecrosis vs. 5-9% of the hip control group and to 5% of the shoulder injection group.

Drug-Induced Dry Mouth Common Among Seniors Taking Certain Meds

By October 30, 2017

There are a number of medications that are linked to dry mouth.

ACIP: New Vaccine Recommendations for Shingles Prevention

By October 25, 2017

The Committee voted that Shingrix is preferred over Zostavax for the prevention of zoster and related complications.

FDA Approves Shingrix for Prevention of Shingles

By October 23, 2017

The use of Shingrix also decreased the overall incidence of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).

Glaucoma Treatments

October 13, 2017

Glaucoma treatment chart (alpha2-agonists, beta blockers, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, cholinergic agonists, prostaglandin analogs).

Intervention Technique Shows Promise for Discontinuing Inappropriate Meds

October 10, 2017

Researchers examined discontinuation of inappropriate medication use among nursing home residents in a cluster randomized controlled trial conducted in 59 Dutch nursing home wards.

Older Patients Often Use Rx and OTC Meds to Help with Sleep

By September 27, 2017

Overall among each medication type (prescription, over-the-counter and herbal/natural aids) 36% reported using some type of medication to aid their sleep.

USPSTF Issues New Fall Prevention Recommendations

September 27, 2017

Multifactorial interventions to prevent falls should be offered selectively by clinicians; the overall net benefit of routinely offering multifactorial interventions is small.

Study Assesses Awareness of 'Deprescribing' Among Older Patients

September 22, 2017

Researchers found that nearly half (48%) had researched medication-related harms either through the internet (35.5%) or from health care professionals (32.2%). However, only 6.9% recognized the term deprescribing.

Increased Med Use Over Time Seen in Older Patients of All BMI Classes

By September 22, 2017

Researchers aimed to determine whether the rise in prescription drug use over time varied by age and obesity status.

Beta-Blocker Use Post-Heart Attack Called Into Question

By September 19, 2017

They found that patients who only took the ACE inhibitor, or an angiotensin receptor blocker, and statin were no more likely to die than those who took all 3 prescribed treatments.

Daily Consumption of 'Cancer Preventative' Leads to Cyanide Poisoning

By September 13, 2017

The patient admitted to taking 2 teaspoons of self-prepared apricot kernel extract along with 3 tablets of Novodalin, an herbal fruit kernel supplement, every day for the past 5 years.

Alendronate Safe, Effective in Elderly Patients with Prior Fracture

September 07, 2017

Alendronate treatment reduced risk of hip fracture with sustained safety

Test Predicts Elderly Patients' Ability to Learn Insulin Self-Injection Technique

September 05, 2017

Number of animal names recalled in one minute was the most useful indicator

Thromboembolic Disorder Assessment: DVT/PE

September 04, 2017

Risk factors, prevention strategies, signs & symptoms, and general treatment options for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).

Limiting Sedentary Time 'Necessary' to Avoid Mobility Loss

August 31, 2017

At the study's end, 29% of participants were either unable to walk or had difficulty doing so.

High Systolic BP Linked to Negative Cognitive Outcomes

August 23, 2017

Researchers find that healthy reductions may benefit blacks even more than whites