Geriatrics News

 
 
  • Despite Risks, Carotid Stenting Increases in Elderly, Women Despite results from the landmark CREST trial that show carotid artery stenting is riskier than carotid endarterectomy in the elderly and women, rates of the procedure have increased in both groups.
  • New US Hypertension Guidelines: Experts Respond The new US hypertension guidelines, released at the recent American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, have been generally well received by the hypertension and cardiology communities, albeit with a few caveats from some.
  • Benzodiazepines Tied to a 41% Increased Mortality Risk in AD A study points to a significantly increased risk for mortality in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) who take benzodiazepines.
  • Second Cancers Common in Survivors, Especially Older Adults Second cancers affect about 25% of survivors 65 years and older, but patients with cancer who have had a prior malignancy are regularly excluded from clinical trials.
  • Elderly Japanese Dying at Home Rather Than in Hospital After he was diagnosed with leukaemia in July, Katsuo Saito decided not to treat it and opted for palliative care. He had a hard time finding a bed at a hospice or hospital, so he spent most of his remaining weeks at home.
  • Nonpharma Intervention Cuts Dementia Risk by a Third Older adults who completed a computerized training intervention focused on 'mental quickness' had a 29% lower risk for dementia compared with those who received no cognitive training.
  • GOP Tax Plan Would Cut Medicare Pay to Providers by $25B By adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit over 10 years, the House bill would trigger automatic cuts to Medicare and other programs, according to the CBO. Providers would take a $25 billion hit in 2018.
  • Threefold Increased Stroke Risk Tied to Certain Antipsychotics Second-generation antipsychotics increase risk for cardiovascular events, especially in the elderly. But are there differences in risk between these agents?
  • Mortality Lower When Inpatients See Their Own PCP in Hospital These findings should be considered during development of new models for care in and out of the hospital, experts say in an accompanying editorial.
  • Exercise Reduces Risk for Injurious Falls in Elderly Exercise alone and with other measures, including vision assessment and treatment and environmental assessment and modification, reduced injurious falls in older individuals, a study found.
  • ANAC HIV Patients Live Longer, Require Intricate Geriatric Care Treatment successes have led to fewer people dying of AIDS, but typical geriatric problems, such as polypharmacy, failing bone health, and frailty, are compounded in older patients with HIV.
  • ObesityWeek Bariatric Surgery Appears Safe, Effective After Age 60 Bariatric surgery is safe and effective in older adults, yielding results on par with younger patients, according to the first long-term outcomes study of bariatric surgery versus medical management in severely obese patients age 60 or older.
  • Brain Training Games May Help Older Adults With Hearing Loss Hearing-impaired adults who play computer games designed to improve audio skills may have an easier time understanding conversations in a noisy room, a small experiment suggests.
  • TCT SENIOR: DES and Shorter DAPT Better for Patients Over 75 One-year outcomes were significantly better for patients older than 75 treated with PCI with a drug-eluting stent and a short course of DAPT compared with a bare-metal stent and DAPT.
  • N.J. Sues OxyContin Maker, Links Marketing to Opioid Crisis New Jersey on Tuesday sued Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the OxyContin maker of contributing to the state's opioid crisis through deceptive marketing to doctors and patients, including the elderly and the "opioid-naive."
  • ANAC On the Front Line of HIV Care at ANAC 2017 Strategies to help HIV nurses as front-line clinicians for some of the most vulnerable patients will be discussed at the upcoming Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) meeting.
  • PCOS Early Palliative Care Is Key Driver in Reducing Costs Palliative care, especially when initiated early in the treatment paradigm, can substantially curb costs in advanced cancer.
  • AIPM Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Unprecedented Advances The opioid epidemic and the growing elderly population underscore the need for effective alternative therapies to treat chronic pain
  • Blood Test Predicts Fragility Fractures in Elderly Men Serum levels of pentosidine and endogenous secretory receptor for advanced glycation end products (esRAGE) can be used to predict fragility fractures in elderly men, researchers from Japan report.
  • Gut Bacteria Profile Remains Stable With Healthy Aging Maintaining a healthy gut microbiota could be a key ingredient to healthy aging, suggest Chinese study findings which show remarkable consistency in the gut environment after 30 years of age.