Geriatrics

Benzodiazepine Prescribing in Older Adults | Feature

Benzodiazepines can effectively treat anxiety, agitation, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal, but their use in older adults has been linked to higher adverse event rates. These drugs can

Boosting immunity in older adults: Study unmasks new infection-fighting T cells | Feature

The breakthrough came when the researchers discovered that when stimulated with pieces of virus, a portion of naive T cells began making interferon-gamma, a powerful anti-viral molecule.

Heroes in Medicine: Patrick Gerard O’Connor, MD, MPH, FACP | Feature

Congratulations to Patrick Gerard O’Connor, MD, MPH, FACP, of the Yale School of Medicine for being the winner of the “Heroes in Medicine” award from Physician’s Weekly

Do Doctors Make the Wrong Diagnosis in Their Own Investment Strategies? | Opinion Article

Medicine is one of the highest-paying professions, but whether doctors are able to manage their money wisely is another question. Just 28% of working doctors feel very

Alzheimer’s Could Stem From Infections, New Study Suggests | Feature

Could it be that Alzheimer’s disease stems from the toxic remnants of the brain’s attempt to fight off infection? New research by a team of investigators at

Asthma Linked With Shingles | Feature

Previous research has suggested that children with asthma are at increased risk for developing herpes zoster (shingles or zoster), but this association has not been assessed in

Heroes in Medicine: Kathleen M. Schmeler, MD | Feature

Congratulations to Kathleen M. Schmeler, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital for being the winner of the“Heroes

CME: Managing Congenital Heart Disease in Older Adults | Feature

A scientific statement offers clinicians with a review of the known and anticipated issues facing older adults with congenital heart disease. More registries and larger studies are needed to improve understanding and care of older adults with the disease.

Managing Congenital Heart Disease in Older Adults | Feature

A scientific statement offers clinicians with a review of the known and anticipated issues facing older adults with congenital heart disease. More registries and larger studies are needed to improve understanding and care of older adults with the disease.

CME: Examining Information Sharing Preferences | Feature

Elderly patients and the people who care for them appear to support medical information sharing, even in light of the potential for unintended consequences. Clinicians should anticipate the need for different levels of information sharing during times of wellness and illness.

CME – Wanted: Older Adults in Cancer Trials | Feature

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has issued recommendations that call for federal agencies and the cancer research community to broaden clinical trials to include older adults. These efforts may help ensure that all patients will receive high-quality, evidence-based cancer care.

Wanted: Older Adults in Cancer Trials | Feature

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has issued recommendations that call for federal agencies and the cancer research community to broaden clinical trials to include older adults. These efforts may help ensure that all patients will receive high-quality, evidence-based cancer care.

Examining Information Sharing Preferences | Feature

Elderly patients and the people who care for them appear to support medical information sharing, even in light of the potential for unintended consequences. Clinicians should anticipate the need for different levels of information sharing during times of wellness and illness.

Quality Care for Pneumonia in the Elderly | Feature

Adherence to recommended processes of care for patients hospitalized with pneumonia is publicly reported throughout the United States by CMS. Despite this reporting, little is known regarding

A Guideline on Postoperative Delirium in Older Adults | Feature

Experts from the American Geriatrics Society have published a clinical practice guideline for postoperative delirium in older adults. The guideline is intended to improve the clinical care of adults aged 65 and older through prevention and treatment of delirium in the postoperative setting.

Progress in Caring for Older Patients? | Feature

A study has found that all-cause mortality rates, hospitalization rates, and expenditures for Medicare beneficiary have decreased from 1999 to 2013. Despite the progress, clinicians and hospitals are urged not to become complacent.

Conference Highlights: CHEST 2015 | Feature

New research was presented at CHEST 2015, the annual International Scientific Assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians, from October 24 to 28 in Montreal, Canada.

Persistent Pain in Older Patients | Feature

To adequately treat persistent pain in older individuals, a clear understanding of the patient’s treatment goals and expectations is needed. A combination of approaches is essential and a therapeutic alliance should be made between patients and physicians.

ED Revisits & Mortality After Falls | News Brief

Researchers in Boston indicate that more than one-third of older adult ED fall patients appear to revisit the ED revisit within 1 year and are at greater

CME: Persistent Pain in Older Patients | Feature

To adequately treat persistent pain in older individuals, a clear understanding of the patient’s treatment goals and expectations is needed. A combination of approaches is essential and a therapeutic alliance should be made between patients and physicians.

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