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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731497/the-effect-of-frailty-on-short-term-outcomes-after-head-and-neck-cancer-surgery
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Carrie L Nieman, Karen T Pitman, Anthony P Tufaro, David W Eisele, Kevin D Frick, Christine G Gourin
OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship between frailty and comorbidity, in-hospital mortality, postoperative complications, length of hospital stay (LOS), and costs in head and neck cancer (HNCA) surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis. METHODS: Discharge data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample for 159,301 patients who underwent ablative surgery for a malignant oral cavity, laryngeal, hypopharyngeal, or oropharyngeal neoplasm in 2001 to 2010 was analyzed using cross-tabulations and multivariate regression modeling...
July 21, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731422/frailty-in-men-living-with-hiv-a-cross-sectional-comparison-of-three-frailty-instruments
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Hui-Ling Yeoh, Allen Cheng, Clovis Palmer, Suzanne M Crowe, Jennifer F Hoy
BACKGROUND: Potent antiretroviral treatment has resulted in near normal life expectancy for people living with HIV. Consequently, there is an increased focus on comorbidities, frailty and quality of life. METHODS: We assessed and compared the prevalence of frailty, associated factors and relationship with quality of life in older Australian men living with HIV in a cross-sectional study using three frailty measurements. The Frailty Phenotype, Frailty Index, and Edmonton Frail Scale were applied to 93 HIV-infected men aged over 50 years, on antiretroviral therapy...
July 21, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728197/-is-age-a-comorbidity
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Ute Hoffmann, Cornel C Sieber
Aging is normal process, only somehow questioned by the "anti-aging wave". Normal and pathological aging are therefore separate developments. Older adults often suffer from the frailty syndrome, partly due to diminished resilience. Aging per se is not a comorbidity.
July 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721429/frailty-and-fear-of-falling-the-fistac-study
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M Esbrí-Víctor, I Huedo-Rodenas, M López-Utiel, J L Navarro-López, M Martínez-Reig, J A Serra-Rexach, L Romero-Rizos, P Abizanda
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the association between frailty and Fear of Falling (FoF) in a cohort of older adults with previous falls. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study (FISTAC). SETTING: Falls Unit, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario of Albacete (Spain). PARTICIPANTS: 183 adults older than 69 years, from the Falls Unit, with a history of a previous fall in the last year. MEASUREMENTS: FoF was assessed at baseline using the Falls Efficacy Scale International (FES-I) and three questions previously validated...
2017: Journal of Frailty & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717814/malnutrition-in-hospitalised-older-adults-a-multicentre-observational-study-of-prevalence-associations-and-outcomes
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E O'Shea, S Trawley, E Manning, A Barrett, V Browne, S Timmons
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is common in older adults and is associated with high costs and adverse outcomes. The prevalence, predictors and outcomes of malnutrition on admission to hospital are not clear for this population. DESIGN: Prospective Cohort Study. SETTING: Six hospital sites (five public, one private). PARTICIPANTS: In total, 606 older adults aged 70+ were included. All elective and acute admissions to any speciality were eligible...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713653/frail-phenotype-might-herald-bone-health-worsening-among-end-stage-renal-disease-patients
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Chia-Ter Chao, Jenq-Wen Huang, Ding-Cheng Chan
BACKGROUND: Frailty exhibits a high prevalence in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients and is associated with adverse health-related outcomes, including falls and fractures. Available studies do not address whether frailty is associated with temporal changes in BMD. We evaluated this issue by analyzing the follow-up dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) results in an ESRD cohort. METHODS: In 2015, we enrolled forty-three ESRD patients, divided into frail, pre-frail, and robust ones based on a validated simple FRAIL scale, all receiving DXA at baseline...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712144/frailty-is-an-independent-prognostic-marker-in-elderly-patients-with-myocardial-infarction
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Gonzalo Luis Alonso Salinas, Marcelo Sanmartin, Marina Pascual Izco, Luis Miguel Rincon, Pablo Pastor Pueyo, Alvaro Marco Del Castillo, Alberto Garcia Guerrero, Pedro Caravaca Perez, Alejandro Recio-Mayoral, Asuncion Camino, Manuel Jimenez-Mena, José Luis Zamorano
BACKGROUND: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients are increasingly older. Conventional prognostic scales include chronological age but do not consider vulnerability. In elderly patients, a frail phenotype represents a better reflection of biological age. HYPOTHESIS: This study aims to determine the prevalence of frailty and its influence on patients age ≥75 years with ACS. METHODS: Patients age ≥75 years admitted due to type 1 myocardial infarction were included in 2 tertiary hospitals, and clinical data were collected prospectively...
July 16, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705220/the-role-of-sports-clubs-in-helping-older-people-to-stay-active-and-prevent-frailty-a-longitudinal-mediation-analysis
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Paul Watts, Elizabeth Webb, Gopalakrishnan Netuveli
BACKGROUND: Frailty is a common syndrome in older adults characterised by increased vulnerability to adverse health outcomes as a result of decline in functional and physiological measures. Frailty predicts a range of poor health and social outcomes and is associated with increased risk of hospital admission. The health benefits of sport and physical activity and the health risks of inactivity are well known. However, less is known about the role of sports clubs and physical activity in preventing and managing frailty in older adults...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697791/blood-transfusion-in-elderly-patients-with-chronic-anemia-a-qualitative-analysis-of-the-general-practitioners-attitudes
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Sylvain Le Calvé, Dominique Somme, Joaquim Prud'homm, Aline Corvol
BACKGROUND: Blood transfusion in chronic anemia is not covered by guidelines specific to older adults. When they consider that this treatment is necessary in elderly patients, French general practitioners (GPs) contact a hospital specialist to plan a transfusion. METHODS: Twenty French GPs were questioned individually regarding their approach to blood transfusion using semi-structured interviews. Each interview was recorded, typed up verbatim and then coded using an inductive procedure by theme, in a cross-over design (two researchers) in two phases: analysis and summary, followed by grouping of the recorded comments...
July 11, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695561/medical-challenges-at-the-end-of-the-first-ten-decades-of-life
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Thomas Münzer
Demographic changes worldwide challenge the healthcare system. Advanced age is associated with a number of biological alterations that, together with concomitant comorbidities, increase the risk for functional decline by inducing functional disintegration. In this concept frailty and sarcopenia play an important role. Consequently the preservation of muscle mass and function are prominent targets of medicine in old age. In order to professionally care for persons in their last years of life several other factors influencing medical decisions regarding diagnostic and treatments are important...
July 11, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689231/barriers-to-exercise-for-patients-with-renal-disease-an-integrative-review
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REVIEW
Mary Hannan, Ulf G Bronas
Renal disease is a common health condition that leads to loss of physical function, frailty, and premature loss of independence in addition to other severe comorbidities and increased mortality. Increased levels of physical activity and initiation of exercise training is recommended in the current guidelines for all patients with renal disease, but participation and adherence rates are low. The barriers to exercise and physical activity in patients with renal disease are not well defined and currently based on patient provider perception and opinion...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688465/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-phenotypes-implications-for-care
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REVIEW
Shireen Mirza, Roberto Benzo
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) phenotyping can help define clusters of patients with common characteristics that relate to clinically meaningful outcomes. In this review, we describe 7 clinically meaningful COPD phenotypes that can be identified by primary care physicians as well as specialists and that have specific management and prognostic implications: (1) asthma-COPD overlap phenotype, (2) frequent exacerbator phenotype, (3) upper lobe-predominant emphysema phenotype, (4) rapid decliner phenotype, (5) comorbid COPD phenotype, (6) physical frailty phenotype, and (7) emotional frailty phenotype...
July 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688079/self-perceived-care-needs-in-older-adults-with-joint-pain-and-comorbidity
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Lotte A H Hermsen, Emiel O Hoogendijk, Johannes C van der Wouden, Martin Smalbrugge, Stephanie S Leone, Henriëtte E van der Horst, Joost Dekker
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to explore self-perceived care needs and determinants of identified needs in older adults with joint pain and comorbidity. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study using baseline data from a cohort study of older adults in the Netherlands (≥65 years) with joint pain and comorbidity (n = 407). We used the Camberwell Assessment of Need for the Elderly (CANE) to assess self-perceived care needs. Regression analyses were conducted to examine the associations between needs and sociodemographic factors (age, gender, partner status and educational level), physical factors (pain intensity, comorbidity, frailty and physical functioning) and psychosocial factors (anxiety, depression and social support)...
July 7, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687577/frailty-index-developed-from-a-cancer-specific-geriatric-assessment-and-the-association-with-mortality-among-older-adults-with-cancer
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Emily J Guerard, Allison M Deal, YunKyung Chang, Grant R Williams, Kirsten A Nyrop, Mackenzi Pergolotti, Hyman B Muss, Hanna K Sanoff, Jennifer L Lund
Background: An objective measure is needed to identify frail older adults with cancer who are at increased risk for poor health outcomes. The primary objective of this study was to develop a frailty index from a cancer-specific geriatric assessment (GA) and evaluate its ability to predict all-cause mortality among older adults with cancer. Patients and Methods: Using a unique and novel data set that brings together GA data with cancer-specific and long-term mortality data, we developed the Carolina Frailty Index (CFI) from a cancer-specific GA based on the principles of deficit accumulation...
July 2017: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677895/overall-survival-in-lower-ipss-risk-mds-by-receipt-of-iron-chelation-therapy-adjusting-for-patient-related-factors-and-measuring-from-time-of-first-red-blood-cell-transfusion-dependence-an-mds-can-analysis
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Heather A Leitch, Ambica Parmar, Richard A Wells, Lisa Chodirker, Nancy Zhu, Thomas J Nevill, Karen W L Yee, Brian Leber, Mary-Margaret Keating, Mitchell Sabloff, Eve St Hilaire, Rajat Kumar, Robert Delage, Michelle Geddes, John M Storring, Andrea Kew, April Shamy, Mohamed Elemary, Martha Lenis, Alexandre Mamedov, Jessica Ivo, Janika Francis, Liying Zhang, Rena Buckstein
Analyses suggest iron overload in red blood cell (RBC) transfusion-dependent (TD) patients with myleodysplastic syndrome (MDS) portends inferior overall survival (OS) that is attenuated by iron chelation therapy (ICT) but may be biassed by unbalanced patient-related factors. The Canadian MDS Registry prospectively measures frailty, comorbidity and disability. We analysed OS by receipt of ICT, adjusting for these patient-related factors. TD International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS) low and intermediate-1 risk MDS, at RBC TD, were included...
July 5, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664916/geriatric-assessment-is-superior-to-oncologists-clinical-judgement-in-identifying-frailty
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Lene Kirkhus, Jūratė Šaltytė Benth, Siri Rostoft, Bjørn Henning Grønberg, Marianne J Hjermstad, Geir Selbæk, Torgeir B Wyller, Magnus Harneshaug, Marit S Jordhøy
BACKGROUND: Frailty is a syndrome associated with increased vulnerability and an important predictor of outcomes in older cancer patients. Systematic assessments to identify frailty are seldom applied, and oncologists' ability to identify frailty is scarcely investigated. METHODS: We compared oncologists' classification of frailty (onc-frail) based on clinical judgement with a modified geriatric assessment (mGA), and investigated associations between frailty and overall survival...
June 29, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659138/the-effect-of-geriatric-intervention-in-frail-elderly-patients-receiving-chemotherapy-for-colorectal-cancer-a-randomized-trial-gerico
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C M Lund, K K Vistisen, C Dehlendorff, F Rønholt, J S Johansen, D L Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Better surgical techniques, chemotherapy and biological therapy have improved survival in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC), most markedly in younger patients. About half of patients over 70 years receive dose reductions or early treatment discontinuation of the planned adjuvant or first-line treatment due to side effects. The Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) is a multidisciplinary evaluation of an elderly individual's health status. This assessment in older patients with cancer can predict survival, chemotherapy toxicity and morbidity...
June 28, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652630/-sici-gise-community-campania-survey-donna-tavi-incanta-perioperative-and-short-term-outcome-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-in-women
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Tiziana Attisano, Angelo Silverio, Emilio Di Lorenzo, Tullio Tesorio, Domenico Di Girolamo, Paolo Golino, Arturo Giordano, Giuseppe Valva, Giovanni Esposito, Maurizio Cappelli Bigazzi, Carlo Briguori, Ida Monteforte, Giovanni Dialetto, Paolo Rubino, Francesco Vigorito, Pietro Giudice, Ciro Mauro
BACKGROUND: Nowadays the prognostic role of gender as a relevant factor after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is still unfair, since available data in the literature are few and uneven. The aim of this survey was to collect acute and 30-day safety and efficacy clinical data in high- and intermediate-risk women, who underwent TAVI with new-generation devices, in the Campania Region. METHODS: All medium and high-volume TAVI centers in Campania have been invited to fulfill an online, ad-hoc questionnaire, collecting pre-, peri- and post-procedural data concerning female patients, treated between January and December 2016...
June 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647579/frailty-is-associated-with-lower-expression-of-genes-involved-in-cellular-response-to-stress-results-from-the-toledo-study-for-healthy-aging
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Mariam El Assar, Javier Angulo, José Antonio Carnicero, Stefan Walter, Francisco José García-García, Eva López-Hernández, José-María Sánchez-Puelles, Leocadio Rodríguez-Mañas
BACKGROUND: Specific mechanisms underlying frailty syndrome are not well known. Frailty can be viewed as a loss of functional reserve resulting in increased vulnerability to stressors. We hypothesize that pathways regulating cellular response to stress are potential players in the development of frailty. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of the expression of certain genes related to cellular response to stress with the presence of frailty in older patients. METHODS: A sample of 350 individuals aged 65 years or older (22% frail) was selected from the Toledo Study of Healthy Aging...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646457/national-survey-among-radiation-oncology-residents-related-to-their-needs-in-geriatric-oncology
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Rachel Leifer, Bonnie Bristow, Martine Puts, Shabbir Alibhai, Xingshan Cao, Barbara-Ann Millar, Meredith Giuliani, Tina Hsu, Maureen Trudeau, Rajin Mehta, Ines Menjak, Mireille Norris, Barbara Liu, Francois Gallant, Ewa Szumacher
Currently, there is no formal curriculum addressing geriatric oncology within Canadian radiation oncology (RO) residency programs. Knowledge related to geriatric medicine may help radiation oncologists modify RT based on frailty status and geriatric considerations. Understanding specific learning needs allow program coordinators to align the current curriculum with residents' geriatric oncology learning needs. The purpose of this study is to determine the geriatric oncology educational needs of the Canadian RO residents and to inform Canadian RO residency training...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
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