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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227589/uhf-wearable-battery-free-sensor-module-for-activity-and-falling-detection
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Nam Trung Dang, Thang Viet Tran, Wan-Young Chung, Nam Trung Dang, Thang Viet Tran, Wan-Young Chung, Thang Viet Tran, Wan-Young Chung, Nam Trung Dang
Falling is one of the most serious medical and social problems in aging population. Therefore taking care of the elderly by detecting activity and falling for preventing and mitigating the injuries caused by falls needs to be concerned. This study proposes a wearable, wireless, battery free ultra-high frequency (UHF) smart sensor tag module for falling and activity detection. The proposed tag is powered by UHF RF wave from reader and read by a standard UHF Electronic Product Code (EPC) Class-1 Generation-2 reader...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217306/sexual-function-of-patients-with-heart-failure-facts-and-numbers
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EDITORIAL
Tiny Jaarsma
Approximately 60% to 87% of patients with heart failure (HF) report sexual problems, and numbers as low as 31% of HF patients younger than 70 have normal sexual function. When compared with healthy elders, the amount of perceived sexual dysfunction might be similar (around 56%), but patients with HF are reporting more erectile dysfunction (ED) and also perceive that their HF symptoms (20%) or HF medication (10%) is the cause for their problems. The prevalence of ED is highly prevalent in men with cardiac disease and reported in up to 81% of cardiac patients, compared with 50% in the general older population...
February 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215652/polypathology-polypharmacy-medication-regimen-complexity-and-drug-therapy-appropriateness
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N Gómez Aguirre, A Caudevilla Martínez, L Bellostas Muñoz, M Crespo Avellana, J Velilla Marco, J Díez-Manglano
Polypathological patients are usually elderly and take numerous drugs. Polypharmacy affects 85% of these individuals and is not associated with greater survival. On the contrary, polypharmacy exposes these individuals to more adverse effects, such as weight loss, falls, functional and cognitive impairment and hospitalisations. The complexity of a drug regimen covers more aspects than the simple number of drugs consumed. The galenic form, the dosage and the method for preparing the drug can impede the understanding of and compliance with prescriptions...
February 16, 2017: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215383/telephone-care-management-of-fall-risk-a-feasibility-study
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Elizabeth A Phelan, Maureen Pence, Barbara Williams, Frederick A MacCornack
INTRODUCTION: Care management has been found to be more effective than usual care for some chronic conditions, but few studies have tested care management for prevention of elder falls. This study aimed to assess the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of telephone care management of older adults presenting for medical attention due to a fall. METHODS: The setting was an independent practice association in western Washington serving 1,300 Medicare Advantage-insured patients...
March 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185772/impact-of-weight-loss-management-in-osa
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REVIEW
Simon A Joosten, Garun S Hamilton, Matthew T Naughton
The interaction between obesity and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is complex. Whilst it is often assumed that obesity is the major cause of OSA, and that treatment of the OSA might mitigate further weight gain, new evidence is emerging that suggest these statements may not be the case. Obesity explains about 60% of the variance of the apnea hypopnea index definition of OSA, mainly in those < 50 years and less so in the elderly. Moreover, long term treatment of OSA with continuous positive airway pressure is associated with small but significant weight gain...
February 6, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184303/deprescribing-medicines-in-the-acute-setting-to-reduce-the-risk-of-falls
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Vanessa Marvin, Emily Ward, Alan J Poots, Katie Heard, Arvind Rajagopalan, Barry Jubraj
BACKGROUND: Falls are a common cause of morbidity and hospitalisation in older people. Inappropriate prescribing and polypharmacy contribute to falls risk in elderly patients. This study's aim was to quantify the problem and find out if medication review in the hospital setting led to deprescribing of medicines associated with falls risk. METHODS: Admissions records for elderly patients were examined to identify those whose presenting complaint included a fall. Inpatient medication charts, pharmaceutical care notes, medical notes and discharge summaries were examined to identify any falls-risk medicines from admission histories and to determine if any medication review took place, and whether or not changes were made as a result...
January 2017: European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy. Science and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182166/reducing-the-risk-of-stroke-in-elderly-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-practical-guide-for-clinicians
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REVIEW
Joanne M Foody
Non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) significantly contributes to the burden of stroke, particularly in elderly patients. The challenge of optimizing anticoagulation therapy is balancing efficacy and bleeding risk, especially as the same patients at high risk of stroke also tend to be at high risk of bleeding. Treating the elderly patient with NVAF presents special challenges because of their heightened risk for both stroke and bleeding. Despite clinical trial data and evidence-based guidelines, surveys indicate that physicians underuse anticoagulation in older patients for reasons that include overemphasis of bleeding risk, particularly with the increased risk of falling, at the cost of thromboembolic risk...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164113/nonpharmacological-interventions-targeted-at-delirium-risk-factors-delivered-by-trained-volunteers-medical-and-psychology-students-reduced-need-for-antipsychotic-medications-and-the-length-of-hospital-stay-in-aged-patients-admitted-to-an-acute-internal-medicine
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Stanislaw Gorski, Karolina Piotrowicz, Krzysztof Rewiuk, Monika Halicka, Weronika Kalwak, Paulina Rybak, Tomasz Grodzicki
Purpose. Effectiveness of nonpharmacological multicomponent prevention delivered by trained volunteers (medical and psychology students), targeted at delirium risk factors in geriatric inpatients, was assessed at an internal medicine ward in Poland. Patients and Methods. Participants were recruited to intervention and control groups at the internal medicine ward (inclusion criteria: age ≥ 75, acute medical condition, basic orientation, and logical contact on admission; exclusion criteria: life expectancy < 24 hours, surgical hospitalization, isolation due to infectious disease, and discharge to other medical wards)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114673/benefits-and-harms-of-intensive-blood-pressure-treatment-in-adults-aged-60-years-or-older-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jessica Weiss, Michele Freeman, Allison Low, Rochelle Fu, Amy Kerfoot, Robin Paynter, Makalapua Motu'apuaka, Karli Kondo, Devan Kansagara
Background: Recent guidelines recommend a systolic blood pressure (SBP) goal of less than 150 mm Hg for adults aged 60 years or older, but the balance of benefits and harms is unclear in light of newer evidence. Purpose: To systematically review the effects of more versus less intensive BP control in older adults. Data Sources: Multiple databases through January 2015 and MEDLINE to September 2016. Study Selection: 21 randomized, controlled trials comparing BP targets or treatment intensity, and 3 observational studies that assessed harms...
January 17, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095780/effectiveness-of-medication-review-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Victor Johan Bernard Huiskes, David Marinus Burger, Cornelia Helena Maria van den Ende, Bartholomeus Johannes Fredericus van den Bemt
BACKGROUND: Medication review is often recommended to optimize medication use. In clinical practice it is mostly operationalized as an intervention without co-interventions during a short term intervention period. However, most systematic reviews also included co-interventions and prolonged medication optimization interventions. Furthermore, most systematic reviews focused on specific patient groups (e.g. polypharmacy, elderly, hospitalized) and/or on specific outcome measures (e.g. hospital admissions and mortality)...
January 17, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070457/the-concurrent-validity-and-reliability-of-the-leg-motion-system-for-measuring-ankle-dorsiflexion-range-of-motion-in-older-adults
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Carlos Romero Morales, César Calvo Lobo, David Rodríguez Sanz, Irene Sanz Corbalán, Beatriz Ruiz Ruiz, Daniel López López
BACKGROUND: New reliable devices for range of motion (ROM) measures in older adults are necessary to improve knowledge about the functional capability in this population. Dorsiflexion ROM limitation is associated with ankle injuries, foot pain, lower limb disorders, loss of balance, gait control disorders and fall risk in older adults. The aim of the present study was to assess the validity and reliability of the Leg Motion device for measuring ankle dorsiflexion ROM in older adults. METHODS: Adescriptive repeated-measures study was designed to test the reliability of Leg Motion in thirty-three healthy elderly patients older than 65 years...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068906/cherish-collaboration-for-hospitalised-elders-reducing-the-impact-of-stays-in-hospital-protocol-for-a-multi-site-improvement-program-to-reduce-geriatric-syndromes-in-older-inpatients
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Alison M Mudge, Merrilyn D Banks, Adrian G Barnett, Irene Blackberry, Nicholas Graves, Theresa Green, Gillian Harvey, Ruth E Hubbard, Sharon K Inouye, Sue Kurrle, Kwang Lim, Prue McRae, Nancye M Peel, Jessica Suna, Adrienne M Young
BACKGROUND: Older inpatients are at risk of hospital-associated geriatric syndromes including delirium, functional decline, incontinence, falls and pressure injuries. These contribute to longer hospital stays, loss of independence, and death. Effective interventions to reduce geriatric syndromes remain poorly implemented due to their complexity, and require an organised approach to change care practices and systems. Eat Walk Engage is a complex multi-component intervention with structured implementation, which has shown reduced geriatric syndromes and length of stay in pilot studies at one hospital...
January 9, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060916/nocturia-is-associated-with-slipping-and-falling
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So Young Kim, Woojin Bang, Min-Su Kim, Bumjung Park, Jin-Hwan Kim, Hyo Geun Choi
Several reports have demonstrated associations between falls and nocturia in the elderly. However, little information is available regarding other age groups. This study evaluated the relationship between the frequency of nocturia and falls in men using a large, population-based survey in Korea, and the results were adjusted for various confounding factors. Data from a 2011 Korean community health survey (KCHS) were retrieved for 92,660 men aged 19 to 103 years. Information regarding the history of slips or falls in the past year was collected...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039932/potentially-inappropriate-medications-in-elderly-japanese-patients-effects-of-pharmacists-assessment-and-intervention-based-on-screening-tool-of-older-persons-potentially-inappropriate-prescriptions-criteria-ver-2
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T Kimura, F Ogura, K Yamamoto, A Uda, T Nishioka, M Kume, H Makimoto, I Yano, M Hirai
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVES: The Screening Tool of Older Persons' Potentially Inappropriate Prescriptions (stopp) criteria were updated in 2014 (stopp criteria ver.2), but few studies have evaluated the usefulness of stopp criteria in elderly patients. This prospective observational study evaluated the prevalence of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs), and the efficacy of hospital pharmacists' assessment and intervention based on stopp criteria ver.2. METHODS: The study was conducted at three medical units of Kobe University Hospital between April 2015 and March 2016...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034556/who-falls-in-an-adult-emergency-department-and-why-a-retrospective-review
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Deanne R McErlean, James A Hughes
INTRODUCTION: Falls are a significant source of healthcare related morbidity and mortality of patients in hospitals and residential healthcare settings. Commonly falls are thought of as an affliction of the elderly and the frail. The emergency department (ED) is a unique healthcare setting that sees patients in the acute and hyper acute stages of physical and mental illness and intoxication. Falls occur in this setting, however there is little knowledge about the factors that influence falls in the emergency department...
December 26, 2016: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032058/epidemiology-of-geriatric-trauma-in-an-urban-kazakhstani-setting
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Aidos S Tlemissov, Marzhan A Dauletyarova, Tolkyn A Bulegenov, Tolebay K Rakhypbekov, Andrej M Grjibovski
BACKGROUND: External causes of death are still among the main causes of death in the countries of the former Soviet Union. We studied epidemiology of injuries among elderly in a typical Kazakhstani city. METHODS: Data on all injuries among individuals aged 60 yr or older in the city of Semey (former Semipalatinsk) from 2010 to 2012 was collected from medical files. We present absolute numbers and incidence rates for the main ICD-codes in Chapters XIX and XX of ICD-10 by gender, ethnic background and place where the injury occurred...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008361/fuzzy-logic-based-risk-of-fall-estimation-using-smartwatch-data-as-a-means-to-form-an-assistive-feedback-mechanism-in-everyday-living-activities
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Dimitrios E Iakovakis, Fotini A Papadopoulou, Leontios J Hadjileontiadis
This Letter aims to create a fuzzy logic-based assistive prevention tool for falls, based on accessible sensory technology, such as smartwatch, resulting in monitoring of the risk factors of falls caused by orthostatic hypotension (OH); a drop in systolic blood pressure (DSBP) >20 mmHg due to postural changes. Epidemiological studies have shown that OH is a high risk factor for falls and has a strong impact in quality of life (QoL) of the elderly's, especially for some cases such as Parkinsonians. Based on smartwatch data, it is explored here how statistical features of heart rate variability (HRV) can lead to DSBP prediction and estimation of the risk of fall...
December 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003169/association-of-prior-falls-with-adverse-outcomes-after-neurosurgical-operations-in-the-elderly
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Kimon Bekelis, Redi Rahmani, Joon Kim-Hyung, Daniel Calnan, Todd A MacKenzie
BACKGROUND: Despite the increasing number of elderly patients undergoing neurosurgical interventions, there are limited resources for preoperative assessment of frailty in this population. We investigated the association between recent history of falls and surgical outcomes for these patients. METHODS: We performed a prospective cohort study of all patients, 65 years and older, undergoing elective neurosurgical procedures from 2014-2015 in a tertiary referral medical center...
December 18, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990416/coordinating-care-for-falls-via-emergency-responders-a-feasibility-study-of-a-brief-at-scene-intervention
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REVIEW
Elizabeth A Phelan, Julia Herbert, Carol Fahrenbruch, Benjamin A Stubbs, Hendrika Meischke
Falls account for a substantial portion of 9-1-1 calls, but few studies have examined the potential for an emergency medical system role in fall prevention. We tested the feasibility and effectiveness of an emergency medical technician (EMT)-delivered, at-scene intervention to link elders calling 9-1-1 for a fall with a multifactorial fall prevention program in their community. The intervention was conducted in a single fire department in King County, Washington and consisted of a brief public health message about the preventability of falls and written fall prevention program information left at scene...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920399/anticoagulation-for-stroke-prevention-in-elderly-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-what-are-the-obstacles
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C W Wong
The elderly with atrial fibrillation are more prone to stroke. Oral anticoagulants such as warfarin are effective in the prevention of atrial fibrillation-associated stroke and systemic embolism. The CHADS2 or CHA2D2-VASc score and HAS-BLED score were developed to stratify stroke risk associated with atrial fibrillation and bleeding risk in a patient with atrial fibrillation, respectively, to facilitate the decision for and safe use of oral anticoagulant. Nonetheless, the decision for anticoagulation is not straightforward and the elderly with non-valvular atrial fibrillation are often precluded from anticoagulant prescription...
December 2016: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
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