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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639056/relevance-of-the-clinical-and-psychophysiological-variables-in-the-dyssynergic-defecation-a-comparative-study-in-elderly-subjects
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Miguel A Simón, Ana M Bueno
The relevance of several clinical and psychophysiological variables in the dyssynergic defecation in elderly subjects was investigated in this study. To accomplish this, 30 elderly subjects (10 without anorectal disorders, 10 with chronic constipation and 10 with dyssynergic defecation) were repeatedly assessed once per week for 4 weeks, with the following measures being collected at each session: EMG-activity (µV) of the external anal sphincter (at rest, during squeezing, and during straining to defecate), stool frequency, difficulty defecation level, pain grade during defecation, and satisfaction level after evacuation...
June 21, 2017: Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631805/drug-therapy-for-chronic-idiopathic-axonal-polyneuropathy
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REVIEW
Janna Warendorf, Alexander Fje Vrancken, Ivo N van Schaik, Richard Ac Hughes, Nicolette C Notermans
BACKGROUND: Chronic idiopathic axonal polyneuropathy (CIAP) is an insidiously progressive sensory or sensorimotor polyneuropathy that affects elderly people. Although severe disability or handicap does not occur, CIAP reduces quality of life. CIAP is diagnosed in 10% to 25% of people referred for evaluation of polyneuropathy. There is a need to gather and review emerging evidence on treatments, as the number of people affected is likely to increase in ageing populations. This is an update of a review first published in 2004 and previously updated in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2013...
June 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626103/-study-on-lifestyle-in-patients-with-gastroesophageal-%C3%A2-reflux-disease
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Lingzhi Yuan, Dan Tang, Jin Peng, Nanfang Qu, Chun Yue, Fen Wang
To investigate the correlation between certain unhealthy lifestyles and the incidence of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), thus to provide the lifestyle guidelines for GERD patients.
 Methods: Retrospective study were conducted for 402 GERD and 276 non-GERD out-patients in Department of Gastroenterology, Third Xiangya Hospital, Central South University from August, 2014 to August, 2015 based on questionnaire survey, then the correlation of unhealthy lifestyles with GERD were analyzed.
 Results: The top 10 common symptoms for GERD were as follows: reflux, acid regurgitation, postprandial fullness, heartburn, swallow obstruction or pain, epigastric burning sensation, paraesthesia pharynges, poststernal pain, chronic laryngopharyngitis, and chronic cough...
May 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619301/the-effects-of-gua-sha-on-symptoms-and-inflammatory-biomarkers-associated-with-chronic-low-back-pain-a-randomized-active-controlled-crossover-pilot-study-in-elderly
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John W M Yuen, William W N Tsang, Sonny H M Tse, Wings T Y Loo, Suk-Tak Chan, Diana L Y Wong, Hilary H Y Chung, Jacky K K Tam, Thomas K S Choi, Vico C L Chiang
OBJECTIVE: To address the challenges for trialing with elderly and the lacking of valid sham/placebo control, a randomized crossover pilot study is designed and its feasibility on elderly subjects is evaluated. DESIGN: A pilot randomized crossover study was conducted with hydrocollator-based hot pack therapy as active control. Pain intensity, physical disability, depression, general health status, and salivary biomarkers were assessed as outcome measures. RESULTS: Despite there was no significant difference observed between any outcome measures attained by the two interventions, several important differences were noted during the one-week follow-up period...
June 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606606/potential-risks-of-using-cement-augmented-screws-for-spinal-fusion-in-patients-with-low-bone-quality
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M Martín-Fernández, A López-Herrradón, A R Piñera, F Tomé-Bermejo, J M Duart, M D Vlad, M G Rodríguez-Arguisjuela, L Álvarez-Galovich
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Dramatic increases in the average life expectancy have led to increases in the variety of degenerative changes and deformities observed in the aging spine. The elderly population can present challenges for spine surgeons, not only because of increased comorbidities, but also because of the quality of their bones. Pedicle screws are the implants used most commonly in spinal surgery for fixation, but their efficacy depends directly on bone quality. While PMMA-augmented screws represent an alternative for patients with osteoporotic vertebrae, their use has raised some concerns due to the possible association between cement leakages (CLs) and other morbidities...
June 9, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600725/tolerability-safety-and-effectiveness-of-oxycodone-deterx-in-elderly-patients-%C3%A2-65%C3%A2-years-of-age-with-chronic-low-back-pain-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ernest A Kopecky, Ben Vaughn, Scott Lagasse, Melinda O'Connor
TRIAL DESIGN: This was a phase III, randomized withdrawal, double-blind, placebo-controlled, enriched enrollment, parallel-group, multicenter study intended to demonstrate the safety, tolerability, and analgesic efficacy of oxycodone DETERx(®) (Xtampza™ ER) compared with matching placebo. METHODS: This post hoc analysis was performed using data from a subpopulation of enrolled patients who were ≥65 years of age. The study enrolled male and female patients with a clinical diagnosis of moderate-to-severe chronic low back pain for a minimum of 6 months prior to screening who required around-the-clock opioid therapy...
June 10, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590144/pharmacological-treatment-of-depression-in-geriatric-chronic-pain-patients-a-biopsychosocial-approach-integrating-functional-restoration
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Peter Polatin, Kelley Bevers, Robert J Gatchel
A recent literature review concluded that the comorbidity of chronic pain and depression in adults is approximately 50%-65%. Physical and cognitive declines, concurrent multiple health conditions, and complex medication regimens add to the unique and complex challenges of effectively treating pain in particularly geriatric populations. Interdisciplinary medical intervention and monitoring for psychiatric sequelae, such as depression, cognitive change, and synergistic physical side effects are necessary. Areas covered: This review covers an extensive multi-database wide search of the pharmacotherapy of pain and depression in older adults, including biopsychosocial approaches...
June 14, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586818/association-between-persistent-pain-and-memory-decline-and-dementia-in-a-longitudinal-cohort-of-elders
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Elizabeth L Whitlock, L Grisell Diaz-Ramirez, M Maria Glymour, W John Boscardin, Kenneth E Covinsky, Alexander K Smith
Importance: Chronic pain is common among the elderly and is associated with cognitive deficits in cross-sectional studies; the population-level association between chronic pain and longitudinal cognition is unknown. Objective: To determine the population-level association between persistent pain, which may reflect chronic pain, and subsequent cognitive decline. Design, Setting, and Participants: Cohort study with biennial interviews of 10 065 community-dwelling older adults in the nationally representative Health and Retirement Study who were 62 years or older in 2000 and answered pain and cognition questions in both 1998 and 2000...
June 5, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574640/trigeminal-neuralgia-in-pregnancy-a-management-challenge
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Bhanu P Swain, Sri Vidhya, Ashok Jadon, Kumar N Chandra, Sharad K Sinha
Pregnancy is known to aggravate pre-existing chronic painful conditions. Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), albeit a disease of elderly may afflict pregnant females which can further complicate its management. Teratogenic effects of the commonly used drugs on the developing fetus limit pharmacological treatment. Moreover safety of commonly performed interventional therapies is marred by their inherent fetomaternal effects and more importantly the risk of radiation effects on fetus due to the use of fluoroscopy. This rare coexistence of TN in pregnancy is never reported before...
June 2, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553087/association-of-dry-eye-disease-with-psychiatric-or-neurological-disorders-in-elderly-patients
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REVIEW
Sang Beom Han, Hee Kyung Yang, Joon Young Hyon, Won Ryang Wee
Dry eye disease (DED) is a common disease that can impair quality of life significantly. Its prevalence increases with advancing age, and the economic burden of the disease on both a patient and the society is increasing with elongation of life expectancy. The diagnosis and treatment of DED are often difficult due to the discordance between symptoms and signs of the disease. Recent studies have suggested the role of neurological or psychological factors in the development of dry eye symptoms and discrepancy of the symptoms and signs, particularly in elderly patients...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539133/gender-differences-in-the-trajectories-and-the-risk-factors-of-depressive-symptoms-in-later-life
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Jiae Lee, Soong-Nang Jang, Sung-Il Cho
BACKGROUND: The present study investigated changes in the trajectories of depressive symptoms in the elderly and attempted to identify risk factors that influence these changes according to gender. METHODS: All data were obtained from a subsample of subjects who participated in the Korean Longitudinal Study of Ageing between 2006 and 2012; 3,667 individuals (1,566 men and 2,101 women) aged 60 years and older were included in the present study. A group-based trajectory model was employed to determine the appropriate number of groups and to observe changes in depressive symptoms according to research year...
May 25, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523197/disseminated-mycobacterium-chimaera-presenting-as-vertebral-osteomyelitis
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Daphne M Moutsoglou, Frank Merritt, Ethan Cumbler
Mycobacterium chimaera, a member of the Mycobacterium avium complex, is a slow-growing, nontuberculous mycobacterium associated with outbreaks in cardiac-surgery patients supported on heart-lung machines. We report a case of an elderly woman on chronic prednisone who presented with a six-month history of worsening chronic back pain, recurrent low-grade fevers, and weight loss. Imaging identified multilevel vertebral osteomyelitis and lumbar soft-tissue abscess. Abscess culture identified M. chimaera.
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499387/evolution-of-the-fourth-stage-of-epidemiologic-transition-in-people-aged-80%C3%A2-years-and-over-population-based-cohort-study-using-electronic-health-records
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Nisha C Hazra, Martin Gulliford
BACKGROUND: In the "fourth stage" of epidemiological transition, the distribution of non-communicable diseases is expected to shift to more advanced ages, but age-specific changes beyond 80 years of age have not been reported. METHODS: This study aimed to evaluate demographic and health transitions in a population aged 80 years and over in the United Kingdom from 1990 to 2014, using primary care electronic health records. Epidemiological analysis of chronic morbidities and age-related impairments included a cohort of 299,495 participants, with stratified sampling by five-year age group up to 100 years and over...
May 12, 2017: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474305/analgesic-use-by-ageing-and-elderly-patients-with-chronic-non-malignant-pain-a-qualitative-study
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Mary-Claire Kennedy, Grainne Cousins, Martin C Henman
Background Analgesics are used in the management of chronic non-malignant pain (CNMP), a condition which is highly prevalent among older adults. CNMP may not only be physically distressing but also complicated by psychosocial and economic factors. An individual's perception and use of analgesics may be influenced by a range of factors such as perceptions of risk or benefits, ability to purchase medication or access to non-pharmacological therapies or specialist care. Objective The aim of this study was to describe the perceptions and experiences of analgesics by ageing and elderly individuals with CNMP and identify factors that influence their use...
May 4, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469046/gender-specific-predictors-of-depressive-symptoms-among-community-elderly
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Mahbobeh Faramarzi, Mahla Cheraghi, Mohammad Zamani, Farzan Kheirkhah, Ali Bijani, Seyed Reza Hosseini
BACKGROUND: We aimed to determine the gender-specific predictors of depressive symptoms among an Iranian elderly community population. STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional study. METHODS: This study was performed on elderly subjects (aged ≥60 yr) who participated in the Amirkola Health and Aging Project, Amirkola, Babol, northern Iran in 2011-12. Depression was assessed by the Geriatric Depression Scale. Fourteen variables, including marital status, age, education, occupation, living alone, social support, dependency in daily activities, physical activity, smoking, body mass index, chronic pain, medicine use, comorbidities, and cognitive impairment, were analyzed as predictors of depression...
April 29, 2017: Journal of Research in Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461745/depression-and-chronic-pain-in-the-elderly-links-and-management-challenges
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REVIEW
Panagiotis Zis, Argyro Daskalaki, Ilia Bountouni, Panagiota Sykioti, Giustino Varrassi, Antonella Paladini
Aging is an inevitable process and represents the accumulation of bodily alterations over time. Depression and chronic pain are highly prevalent in elderly populations. It is estimated that 13% of the elderly population will suffer simultaneously from the two conditions. Accumulating evidence suggests than neuroinflammation plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of both depression and chronic pain. Apart from the common pathophysiological mechanisms, however, the two entities have several clinical links...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460206/supergiant-fecaloma-as-manifestation-of-chronic-constipation
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G Currò, C Lazzara, S Latteri, M Bartolotta, G Navarra
Fecaloma is common in patients with damage to the autonomic nervous system in the large bowel associated with Chagas disease (inflammatory and neoplastic) or Hirschprung's disease, in psychiatric patients and, more commonly, in elderly patients suffering with chronic constipation. Symptoms of fecaloma are usually nonspecific. Clinical examination can give the appearance of an abdominal tumor. Most cases of fecaloma are treated conservatively with digital evacuation and enemas. In severe and unremitting cases, surgery is required to prevent significant complications...
January 2017: Il Giornale di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457098/crystal-induced-arthropathy-in-elderly-patients-hospitalized-for-acute-conditions
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Andrew Villion, Zeev Arinzon, Jacob Feldman, Oded Kimchi, Yitshal Berner
BACKGROUND: Arthritis and arthralgia are painful symptoms experienced by many elderly patients during hospitalization. Crystal-induced arthritis (CIA) is one of the most common causes of arthritis worldwide and represents the most common cause of acute arthritis in the elderly. OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence of both acute new onset or acute exacerbation of CIA among elderly patients hospitalized due to an acute medical illness. METHODS: This study comprised 85 patients...
March 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450787/participation-in-physical-activity-and-back-pain-among-an-elderly-population-in-south-asia
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Ghose Bishwajit, Shangfeng Tang, Sanni Yaya, Zhanchun Feng
INTRODUCTION: Globally, chronic back pain is one of the most commonly encountered medical conditions among an elderly population with significant bearings on health, functional mobility and general well-being. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the burden of chronic back pain and its association with physical activity (PA) among population aged 50 years and above in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. METHODS: Cross-sectional data on 8502 men and women aged 50 years and above were collected from the World Health Survey (2002)...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421866/chronic-pain-and-psychological-distress-among-older-adults
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Alex Bierman, Yeonjung Lee
This research examines whether unobserved time-stable influences confound the association between chronic pain and psychological distress in older adults as well as how race and ethnicity combine with subjective social status (SSS) to modify the association. In a nationally representative longitudinal survey, holistically controlling for unobserved time-stable influences using fixed-effects models substantially reduces the pain-depression relationship and eliminates the overall pain-anxiety relationship. The association with depression is stronger for Black and Hispanic elders, illustrating a process of double-jeopardy...
January 1, 2017: Research on Aging
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