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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731947/early-stage-cancer-in-older-adults-prostate-avoiding-overtreatment-and-undertreatment
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Vikram Narayan, Song Jiang, Christopher A Warlick
The diagnosis of prostate cancer in elderly men is likely to increase over the next several decades, owing to changing demographics and a rising population of men older than 65 years. Given the heterogeneity and well-documented challenges in screening, diagnosing, and managing indolent versus aggressive prostate cancer, the geriatric patient population is particularly vulnerable to prostate cancer treatment nuances. Clinicians must become familiar with geriatric assessment tools to better answer life-expectancy questions prior to counseling patients on treatment options...
July 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731945/the-changing-paradigm-of-radiotherapy-in-the-elderly-population
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Myer Raphael Pfeffer, Philip Blumenfeld
There is increasing awareness of the special needs for care of the elderly cancer patient. Newer precise conformal radiotherapy techniques allow the safe delivery of higher doses of radiotherapy to the target tumor while reducing the dose to surrounding critical organs. This has led to a shortening of radiotherapy protocols for both curative and palliative indications. We review these novel techniques and protocols and the published clinical studies that include elderly patients treated with these techniques...
July 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731941/the-biology-of-aging-and-cancer-frailty-inflammation-and-immunity
#3
Xinwen Zhang, Xin Meng, Yiyin Chen, Sean X Leng, Haiyan Zhang
The majority of patients with common malignancies are older adults. Intrinsic complex biological changes of aging along with inflammation, immunosenescence, age-associated chronic diseases, and extrinsic environmental and psychosocial factors have significant impact on not only development and behavior of individual malignancies, but also physiologic reserve and vulnerability of older patients who suffer from them. As a result, clinical practice of geriatric oncology demands integration of careful geriatric assessment and management...
July 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727242/examining-trust-in-health-professionals-among-family-caregivers-of-nursing-home-residents-with-advanced-dementia
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Jannie A Boogaard, Perla Werner, Anna Zisberg, Jenny T van der Steen
AIM: In a context of increasing emphasis on shared decision-making and palliative care in dementia, research on family caregivers' trust in health professionals in advanced dementia is surprisingly scant. The aim of the present study was to assess trust in nursing home health professionals of family caregivers of nursing home residents with advanced dementia, and possible correlates, such as family caregivers' satisfaction, involvement in care, care burden and patients' symptom burden...
July 20, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726600/age-and-sex-associated-differences-in-phenotypic-and-functional-characteristics-of-peripheral-blood-lymphocytes-in-chimpanzees-pan-troglodytes
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Pramod Nehete, Elizabeth Magden, Bharti Nehete, Lawrence Williams, Christian Abee, K Sastry
Chimpanzees are the closest phylogenetic relatives to humans, sharing more than 98% genetic sequence identity. Thesegenetic similarities prompted the belief that chimpanzees can serve as an ideal model for human disease conditions andvaccine development. However, in light of the recent NIH decision to phase out biomedical research in chimpanzees and retire NIH-supported chimpanzees, data from the present study will continue to provide value for the care of aged and sick chimpanzees located in zoos, sanctuaries, and primate centers...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724392/a-prospective-study-assessing-agreement-and-reliability-of-a-geriatric-evaluation
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Isabella Locatelli, Stéfanie Monod, Jacques Cornuz, Christophe J Büla, Nicolas Senn
BACKGROUND: The present study takes place within a geriatric program, aiming at improving the diagnosis and management of geriatric syndromes in primary care. Within this program it was of prime importance to be able to rely on a robust and reproducible geriatric consultation to use as a gold standard for evaluating a primary care brief assessment tool. The specific objective of the present study was thus assessing the agreement and reliability of a comprehensive geriatric consultation...
July 19, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723252/across-the-continuum-how-inpatient-palliative-care-consultations-are-reported-in-hospital-discharge-summaries
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Nikki Miller, John Shuler, Deon Hayley, Jianghua He, Karin Porter-Williamson, Jessica Kalender-Rich
BACKGROUND: Inpatient Palliative Care (PC) consultations help develop a patient-centered and quality-of-life-focused plan of care for patients with serious illness. Discharge summaries (DSs) are an essential tool to maintain continuity of these care plans across multiple locations and providers. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of selected DSs of patients who received inpatient PC consultations at the University of Kansas Hospital from July 2011 to May 2015...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719564/the-new-apgar-score-a-checklist-to-enhance-quality-of-life-in-geriatric-patients-with-hip-fracture
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Joseph Bernstein, Sara Weintraub, Eric Hume, Mark D Neuman, Stephen L Kates, Jaimo Ahn
For geriatric patients with hip fractures, the broken bone is the reason for admission, but only part of the overall disease. Indeed, it may be more helpful to consider the patient having geriatric hip fracture syndrome or sustaining a hip attack, as there are many associated medical, social, psychological, and other problems to which attention must be paid. To that end, we have identified a series of 10 steps, collected into a checklist, that can be undertaken for all patients with geriatric hip fracture. In homage to the maxim "we come into the world under the brim of the pelvis and go out through the neck of the femur," we defined our checklist by the acronym APGAR SCORE, named after the classic checklist of the same name used to assess a newborn child...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717977/-challenges-of-implementing-a-geriatric-trauma-network-a-regional-structure
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Carsten Schoeneberg, Bjoern Hussmann, Thomas Wesemann, Ludger Pientka, Marie-Christin Vollmar, Christine Bienek, Markus Steinmann, Benjamin Buecking, Sven Lendemans
BACKGROUND: At present, there is a high percentage and increasing tendency of patients presenting with orthogeriatric injuries. Moreover, significant comorbidities often exist, requiring increased interdisciplinary treatment. These developments have led the German Society of Trauma Surgery, in cooperation with the German Society of Geriatrics, to establish geriatric trauma centers. METHODS: As a conglomerate hospital at two locations, we are cooperating with two external geriatric clinics...
July 17, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717918/-syncope-falls-and-vertigo
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REVIEW
C Weingart, H-J Schneider, C C Sieber
Dizziness/vertigo, falls and syncope are among the most common reasons for seeking medical care. As clinical entities they share common pathogenetic and clinical features and differences. The diagnostic work-up can often be initiated in a general practitioner's or internist's practice and, if necessary, completed in an interdisciplinary emergency unit. Simple diagnostic tools can be used in an outpatient setting to obtain valuable diagnostic information. First and foremost, it is important to differentiate between prognostically favorable clinical events and potentially serious disease...
July 17, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717779/impact-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-outbreak-on-the-use-of-emergency-medical-resources-in-febrile-patients
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Hyunho Jeong, Sikyoung Jeong, Juseok Oh, Seon Hee Woo, Byung Hak So, Jeong Hee Wee, Ji Hoon Kim, Ji Yong Im, Seung Pill Choi, Kyoungnam Park, Byul Nim Hee Cho, Sungyoup Hong
OBJECTIVE: Outbreaks of transmissible respiratory infection are suspected to have significant effects on the health of pediatric and geriatric patients. The objective was to assess the impact of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak on the use of emergency resources. METHODS: An ecologic analysis of emergency department (ED) records between September and December 2015, was performed. Data was obtained from the National Emergency Department Information System database for Korea...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716855/frailty-screening-tools-for-elderly-patients-incident-to-dialysis
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Ismay N van Loon, Namiko A Goto, Franciscus T J Boereboom, Michiel L Bots, Marianne C Verhaar, Marije E Hamaker
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A geriatric assessment is an appropriate method for identifying frail elderly patients. In CKD, it may contribute to optimize personalized care. However, a geriatric assessment is time consuming. The purpose of our study was to compare easy to apply frailty screening tools with the geriatric assessment in patients eligible for dialysis. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: A total of 123 patients on incident dialysis ≥65 years old were included <3 weeks before to ≤2 weeks after dialysis initiation, and all underwent a geriatric assessment...
July 17, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716375/aging-and-post-intensive-care-syndrome-a-critical-need-for-geriatric-psychiatry
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REVIEW
Sophia Wang, Duane Allen, You Na Kheir, Noll Campbell, Babar Khan
Because of the aging of the intensive care unit (ICU) population and an improvement in survival rates after ICU hospitalization, an increasing number of older adults are suffering from long-term impairments because of critical illness, known as post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). This article focuses on PICS-related cognitive, psychological, and physical impairments and the impact of ICU hospitalization on families and caregivers. The authors also describe innovative models of care for PICS and what roles geriatric psychiatrists could play in the future of this rapidly growing population...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
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/28713296/affective-and-engagement-issues-in-the-conception-and-assessment-of-a-robot-assisted-psychomotor-therapy-for-persons-with-dementia
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Natacha Rouaix, Laure Retru-Chavastel, Anne-Sophie Rigaud, Clotilde Monnet, Hermine Lenoir, Maribel Pino
The interest in robot-assisted therapies (RAT) for dementia care has grown steadily in recent years. However, RAT using humanoid robots is still a novel practice for which the adhesion mechanisms, indications and benefits remain unclear. Also, little is known about how the robot's behavioral and affective style might promote engagement of persons with dementia (PwD) in RAT. The present study sought to investigate the use of a humanoid robot in a psychomotor therapy for PwD. We examined the robot's potential to engage participants in the intervention and its effect on their emotional state...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712623/valid-outcome-measures-in-care-for-older-people-comparing-the-ascot-and-the-icecap-o
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Mariska Q N Hackert, Job van Exel, Werner B F Brouwer
BACKGROUND: Limited health care budgets and population aging result in a need to compare care services on their benefits and costs. Because services for older people often aim to improve multiple life aspects, valid measures are needed to examine their benefits on individuals' health and well-being simultaneously. Two measures may meet this end: the Adult Social Care Outcomes Toolkit (ASCOT) and the ICEpop CAPability measure for Older people (ICECAP-O). OBJECTIVES: To compare the validity of both measures, the ASCOT and the ICECAP-O...
July 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711424/conversion-and-reversion-rates-in-japanese-older-people-with-mild-cognitive-impairment
#17
Hiroyuki Shimada, Hyuma Makizako, Takehiko Doi, SungChul Lee, Sangyoon Lee
OBJECTIVES: Approximately 25% of individuals who are diagnosed with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) revert to normal cognition (NC) rather than progressing to Alzheimer disease (AD). However, the prevalence of progression and reversion among older people in Asia remains unclear. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study. SETTING: A community in Japan. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 4153 individuals without dementia aged ≥65 years were classified as having NC, aMCI single domain (aMCIs), non-aMCI single domain (naMCIs), aMCI multiple domain (aMCIm), non-aMCI multiple domain (naMCIm), or global cognitive impairment (GCI)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711131/care-of-special-populations-in-an-observation-unit-pediatrics-and-geriatrics
#18
REVIEW
Sharon E Mace
Infants and children and the elderly comprise a large and growing (especially the elderly) segment of the US population. The benefits of observation medicine have been documented in these two age groups: Based on the success of observation medicine, and recognizing the growth of these special populations, it is likely that observation medicine will be expanding in the future, especially within the pediatric and geriatric populations. Future studies should be able to provide further evidence regarding the value of observation medicine in these two diverse population age groups...
August 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707192/-geriatrics-or-geriatricization-of-medicine-quo-vadis-geriatrics
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REVIEW
G F Kolb
This article examines the question whether and how geriatrics will change in the future and whether in view of the demographic changes the trend will go more in the direction of a further expansion of geriatrics or more towards a geriatricization of individual specialist medical fields. The different development of geriatrics in the individual Federal States can only be understood historically and is absolutely problematic against the background of the new hospital remuneration system. Geriatrics is a typical cross-sectional faculty and still has demarcation problems with other faculties but has also not yet clearly defined the core competence...
July 13, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706089/evaluation-of-the-geriatric-co-management-for-patients-with-fragility-fractures-of-the-proximal-femur-geriatric-fracture-centre-gfc-concept-protocol-for-a-prospective-multicentre-cohort-study
#20
Alexander Joeris, Anahí Hurtado-Chong, Denise Hess, Vasiliki Kalampoki, Michael Blauth
INTRODUCTION: Treatment of fractures in the elderly population is a clinical challenge due partly to the presence of comorbidities. In a Geriatric Fracture Centre (GFC), patients are co-managed by a geriatrician in an attempt to improve clinical outcomes and reduce morbidity and mortality. Until now the beneficial effect of orthogeriatric co-management has not been definitively proven. The primary objective of this study is to determine the effect of GFC on predefined major adverse events related to a hip fracture compared to usual care centres (UCC)...
July 12, 2017: BMJ Open
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