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Fall risk prevention

Alessandro Micarelli, Andrea Viziano, David Della-Morte, Ivan Augimeri, Marco Alessandrini
OBJECTIVE: Considering the altered multisensory signal compensation during senescence, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the integration rearrangements in unilateral vestibular hypofunction (UVH) during age-related cognitive decline. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Longitudinal cohort study unit and of University tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Older UVH individuals ≥ 55 years with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer Disease (AD) and matched UVH control group with age-appropriate cognitive function...
March 15, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
Wuber J S Soares, Alexandre D Lopes, Eduardo Nogueira, Victor Candido, Suzana A Moraes, Monica R Perracini
This systematic review examines the association between physical activity (PA) level and risk of falling in community-dwelling older adults. A search of PubMed, Embase, CINAHL, Sport Discus, and Web of Science was performed in January 2017. Four prospective cohort studies investigating the incidence of falls in a period of at least 12 months and its association with the level of PA in people 60-plus years old were reviewed and pooled for meta-analysis. The pooled risk ratio for being a recurrent faller (2,420 participants) was 39% higher among those who were in the lowest PA level (RR = 1...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
Peter Paik, Sanjay K Arukala, Anupam A Sule
Central venous catheters are placed in approximately five million patients annually in the US. The preferred site of insertion is one with fewer risks and easier access. Although the right internal jugular vein is preferred, on occasion, the left internal jugular may have to be accessed. A patient was admitted for septic shock, cerebrovascular accident, and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. A central venous line was needed for antibiotic and vasopressor administration. Due to trauma from a fall to the right side and previously failed catheterization attempts at the left subclavian and femoral veins, the left internal jugular vein was accessed...
January 9, 2018: Curēus
Noam Steinberg, Amihai Gottlieb, Itzhak Siev-Ner, Meir Plotnik
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to estimate fall incidence and describe associated risk factors among people with a lower limb amputation (LLA) during various stages of recovery: the surgical ward, in-patient rehabilitation and return to community life. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic search of relevant English language articles was performed using PubMed and EMBASE. Out of 310 initial "hits," six retrospective cohort studies, one prospective cohort study and eleven cross-sectional studies from which fall incidence and risk factors could be extracted, were selected for critical review...
March 14, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
William Darrow, Chintan Bhatt, Cassandra Rene, Lakisha Thomas
In January 2016, the first case of mosquito-borne Zika infection in the mainland United States was confirmed in Miami, Florida. The first locally acquired case was reported 6 months later. Local public health and school officials began warning students of the outbreak on their return to the classroom in August 2016. In November-December 2016, we conducted a survey of students attending a large public university in Miami to determine how well informed they were about Zika. A multistage sampling design was used to contact teaching assistants and ask them for help in recruiting their students...
March 1, 2018: Health Education & Behavior: the Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education
Peixia Cheng, Liheng Tan, Peishan Ning, Li Li, Yuyan Gao, Yue Wu, David C Schwebel, Haitao Chu, Huaiqiong Yin, Guoqing Hu
BACKGROUND: Falls are a major threat to older adults worldwide. Although various effective interventions have been developed, their comparative effectiveness remains unreported. METHODS: A systematic review and network meta-analysis was conducted to determine the most effective interventions to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults aged 60 and over. Combined odds ratio (OR) and 95% credible interval (95% CrI) were calculated. RESULTS: A total of 49 trials involving 27,740 participants and 9271 fallers were included...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Jessica A Kulak, Megan L Saddleson, Mark J Travers, Maansi Bansal-Travers, Gregory G Homish, Martin C Mahoney, Gary A Giovino
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist on what young adults report as their first-ever nicotine product; some evidence suggests that they report hookah as their first product smoked. OBJECTIVES: This study reports on the first nicotine product used among undergraduates who had ever tried tobacco, and explores correlates of hookah as that first product. METHODS: Participants included a convenience sample of undergraduate students (n = 1538) at four universities in upstate New York during fall 2013...
March 13, 2018: Substance Use & Misuse
Angela-María Benjumea, Carmen-Lucía Curcio, Gustavo Duque, Fernando Gómez
BACKGROUND: The role of sarcopenia and dynapenia in disability in older persons from falls and bone health clinics remain unknown. AIM: This study aims to compare the association of sarcopenia and dynapenia with physical and instrumental disability in a population of older persons attending a falls and fractures clinic. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study in Manizales, Andes Mountains, Colombia. A cohort of 534 subjects (mean age = 74, 75% female) Sarcopenia was measured according to the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP) including an index of skeletal mass, muscle strength, and gait speed...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Elizabeth R Burns, Yara K Haddad, Erin M Parker
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults. The American and British Geriatric Societies recommend a fall risk assessment to identify risk factors and guide interventions to prevent these falls. This study describes the self-reported discussion of fall prevention approaches used by primary care providers (PCPs)-family practitioners, internists and nurse practitioners-who treat older adults. Results are described overall and by PCP type. We analyzed a sample of 1210 U.S. PCPs who participated in the 2014 DocStyles survey...
March 2018: Preventive Medicine Reports
Hisashi Ikutomo, Koutatsu Nagai, Keiichi Tagomori, Namika Miura, Norikazu Nakagawa, Kensaku Masuhara
BACKGROUND: We investigated the incidence and circumstances related to falls in patients before and after total hip arthroplasty (THA), and compared them with those in an age-matched control group. METHODS: This is a prospective cohort study. A total of 140 women with severe hip osteoarthritis (OA) who underwent THA (OA group) and a control cohort of 319 age-matched healthy women were analyzed. We investigated the incidence and circumstances of falls before THA and during the first year after surgery...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Yumiko Matsusue, Satoshi Horita, Kazuhiro Murakami, Tsutomu Sugiura, Tadaaki Kirita
BACKGROUND/AIM: Sports activity increases the risk of maxillofacial fractures. The aim of this study was to analyze trends and characteristics of maxillofacial fractures sustained during sports activity to develop more effective treatments and possibly to prevent injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of 248 patients with maxillofacial fractures sustained during sports activity were retrospectively analyzed based on their clinical records and radiographs. RESULTS: The patients were 226 males (91...
March 11, 2018: Dental Traumatology: Official Publication of International Association for Dental Traumatology
Marie Hexeberg Tollefsen, Anne Vik, Toril Skandsen, Oddrun Sandrød, Susan Frances Deane, Vidar Rao, Kent Gøran Moen
OBJECT: We aimed to examine the effect of preinjury antithrombotic medication on clinical and radiological neuroworsening in TBI and study the effect on outcome. METHODS: 184 consecutive patients ≥50 years old with moderate and severe TBI admitted to a level 1 trauma center were included. Neuroworsening was assessed clinically by using Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score and radiologically by using Rotterdam CT score on repeated time points. Functional outcome was assessed with the Glasgow Outcome Scale Extended (GOSE) at 6 months postinjury...
March 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Robin A Scott, Kathleen S Oman, Kathleen Flarity, Jennifer L Comer
INTRODUCTION: Patient falls are a significant issue in hospitalized patients and financially costly to hospitals. The Joint Commission requires that patients be assessed for fall risk and interventions in place to mitigate the risk of falls. It is imperative to have a patient population/setting specific fall risk assessment tool to identify patients at risk for falling. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the 2013 Memorial ED Fall Risk Assessment tool (MEDFRAT) specifically designed for the ED population...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
William King, Arron Lacey, James White, Daniel Farewell, Frank Dunstan, David Fone
BACKGROUND: Coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality in England fell by 36% between 2000 and 2007 and it is estimated that approximately 50% of the fall was due to improved treatment uptake. Marked socio-economic inequalities in CHD mortality in the United Kingdom (UK) remain, with higher age-adjusted rates in more deprived groups. Inequalities in the persistence of medication for primary and secondary prevention of CHD may contribute to the observed social gradient and we investigated this possibility in the population of Wales (UK)...
2018: PloS One
Anthony Kopatsis, Christine Wagner, Helen Costello, Nicholas Morin, Katherine Elizabeth Kopatsis, Mario Gomez
We sought to determine patterns of injury in our Latino trauma community targeting alcohol (EtOH) intoxication as an influential variable. With the information gained in our culturally specific and culturally sensitive trauma community, we can use the information to fine-tune our trauma preventive medicine programs. Trauma injuries are the third largest contributor to racial disparities in the United States. Alcohol is involved in approximately half of all trauma admissions to trauma centers around the country...
March 2018: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
Anita Jeyakumar, Rodolpho E Bégué, Yu Jiang, Brian J McKinnon
OBJECTIVE: Guidelines for vaccination of cochlear implant (CI) recipients have been promulgated and updated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to mitigate bacterial meningitis risk. The objective of this study was to survey current CI specialists on: 1) knowledge of current CDC CI recipient immunization recommendations, and 2) impediments to implementation of those guidelines. METHODS: A survey to assess knowledge of the CI recipient vaccination guidelines was administered to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgery (AAO-HNS), the American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACIA), and the American Neurotology Society (ANS)...
March 9, 2018: Laryngoscope
Emmanuel D Jadhav, Danielle L Winkler, Billie S Anderson
Introduction: The resurgence of vaccine preventable diseases occurs more often among intentionally unvaccinated individuals, placing at direct risk young adults not caught up on vaccinations. The objectives of this study were to characterize the sociodemographic characteristics of young adults with and without vaccination waivers and identify their perceived benefits, barriers, and influencers of vaccination. Methods: Young adults ( n  = 964) from a Midwestern rural university responded to a survey (fall 2015-spring 2016) designed to identify their perception toward vaccination...
2018: Frontiers in Public Health
N Bhuvaneswari, J G Prasuna, M K Goel, S K Rasania
Background: Injuries are an important public health problem worldwide, accounting for 5 million deaths, of which unintentional injuries account for 0.8 million deaths in children. Though there are many factors responsible for injury in the home, the environment plays an important role. Objectives: The objectives were to study the magnitude and pattern of home injuries in children aged 0-14 years and to assess the environmental risk associated with home injuries...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Public Health
Qin Zhang, Huanyu Guo, Haifeng Gu, Xiaohong Zhao
Background: Frailty associated with aging increases the risk of falls, disability, and death. We investigated gender-associated factors for frailty. Methods: Data of 3,079 geriatric subjects were retrieved from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007-2010 database. After excluding 1,126 subjects with missing data on frailty, medical history and survival, data of 1,953 patients were analyzed. Main endpoints were frailty prevalence, mortality rates and causes of death...
2018: PeerJ
Patrick Maggi, Johanna de Almeida Mello, Sam Delye, Sophie Cès, Jean Macq, Christiane Gosset, Anja Declercq
BACKGROUND: Approximately one third of older people over 65 years fall each year. Home modifications may decrease occurrence of falls. PURPOSE: This study aims to determine the risk factors of falls for frail older persons and to evaluate the impact of home modifications by an occupational therapist on the occurrence of falls. METHOD: We conducted a longitudinal study using a quasiexperimental design to examine occurrence of falls. All participants 65 years of age and older and were assessed at baseline and 6 months after the intervention...
February 2018: Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Revue Canadienne D'ergothérapie
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