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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432738/tick-bite-and-lyme-disease-related-emergency-department-encounters-in-new-hampshire-2010-2014
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E R Daly, C Fredette, A A Mathewson, K Dufault, D J Swenson, B P Chan
Lyme disease (LD) is a common tick-borne disease in New Hampshire (NH). While LD is a reportable condition and cases are counted for public health surveillance, many more people receive care for tick bites or diagnoses of LD than are reflected in surveillance data. NH's emergency department (ED) data system was queried for tick bite and LD-related encounters. Chief complaint text was queried for words related to LD or tick bites. International Classification of Diseases 9th Revision (ICD-9) codes were queried for the LD diagnosis code (088...
April 22, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431912/osteosarcopenic-obesity-prevalence-and-relation-with-frailty-and-physical-performance-in-middle-aged-and-older-women
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Claudia Szlejf, Lorena Parra-Rodríguez, Oscar Rosas-Carrasco
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence of osteosarcopenic obesity (OSO) and to investigate its association with frailty and physical performance in Mexican community-dwelling middle-aged and older women. DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of a prospective cohort. SETTING: The FraDySMex study, a 2-round evaluation of community-dwelling adults from 2 municipalities in Mexico City. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were 434 women aged 50 years or older, living in the designated area in Mexico City...
April 18, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430782/predictors-of-falls-and-mortality-among-elderly-adults-with-traumatic-brain-injury-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Wayne W Fu, Terence S Fu, Rowan Jing, Steven R McFaull, Michael D Cusimano
BACKGROUND: Elderly adults are at particular risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and tend to suffer worse outcomes compared to other age groups. Falls are the leading cause of TBI among the elderly. METHODS: We examined nationwide trends in TBI hospitalizations among elderly adults (ages 65 and older) between April 2006 and March 2011 using a population-based database that is mandatory for all hospitals in Canada. Trends in admission rates were analyzed using linear regression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427336/protocol-for-the-home-hazards-removal-program-harp-study-a-pragmatic-randomized-clinical-trial-and-implementation-study
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Susan Stark, Emily Somerville, Marian Keglovits, Jane Conte, Melody Li, Yi-Ling Hu, Yan Yan
BACKGROUND: Falls remain the leading cause of injury, long-term disability, premature institutionalization, and injury-related mortality in the older adult population. Home modifications, when delivered by occupational therapists, can reduce falls among high-risk community-dwelling older adults by 39%. However, home-modification implementation is not standard practice in the United States. The goal of the Home Hazard Removal Program (HARP) study is to implement an evidence-based home modification intervention for older adults designed to reduce the incidence of falls through an aging services network...
April 20, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426315/medicaid-expansion-and-aca-repeal-evidence-from-ohio
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Eric E Seiber, Micah L Berman
OBJECTIVES: To examine the health insurance coverage options for Medicaid expansion enrollees if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, using evidence from Ohio, where more than half a million adults have enrolled in the state's Medicaid program through the ACA expansion. METHODS: The Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey interviewed 42 000 households in 2015. We report data from a unique battery of questions designed to identify insurance coverage immediately prior to Medicaid enrollment...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422549/obesity-is-associated-with-altered-plantar-pressure-distribution-in-elderly-women
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Silvia Gonçalves Ricci Neri, André Bonadias Gadelha, Ana Luiza Matias Correia, Juscélia Cristina Pereira, Ana Cristina de David, Ricardo Moreno Lima
Increased plantar pressure has been found to be related with greater risk of falling. Although there is evidence suggesting that obesity is linked to foot disorders, the association between obesity and plantar pressure of older adults has been poorly investigated. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between obesity and plantar pressure distribution and to explore its relationship with body fat distribution. Two hundred and eleven elderly women took part in this cross-sectional study. Body mass index were taken for obesity classification...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420979/evidence-for-a-selectively-regulated-prioritization-shift-depending-on-walking-situations-in-older-adults
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Dina Salkovic, Markus A Hobert, Carolin Bellut, Florian Funer, Sarah Renno, Linda Haertner, Sandra E Hasmann, Jana Staebler, Johanna Geritz, Ulrike Suenkel, Andreas J Fallgatter, Gerhard W Eschweiler, Daniela Berg, Walter Maetzler
Background: Older adults have increased risks of balance issues and falls when walking and performing turns in daily situations. Changes of prioritization during different walking situations associated with dual tasking may contribute to these deficits. The objective of this study was therefore to investigate whether older adults demonstrate changes of prioritization during different walking paths. Methods: In total, 1,054 subjects with an age range from 50 to 83 years were selected from the first follow-up visit of the TREND (Tuebinger evaluation of Risk factors for Early detection of Neurodegenerative Disorders) study...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420358/healthcare-utilization-in-older-patients-using-personal-emergency-response-systems-an-analysis-of-electronic-health-records-and-medical-alert-data-brief-description-a-longitudinal-retrospective-analyses-of-healthcare-utilization-rates-in-older-patients-using
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Stephen Agboola, Sara Golas, Nils Fischer, Mariana Nikolova-Simons, Jorn Op den Buijs, Linda Schertzer, Joseph Kvedar, Kamal Jethwani
BACKGROUND: Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) are traditionally used as fall alert systems for older adults, a population that contributes an overwhelming proportion of healthcare costs in the United States. Previous studies focused mainly on qualitative evaluations of PERS without a longitudinal quantitative evaluation of healthcare utilization in users. To address this gap and better understand the needs of older patients on PERS, we analyzed longitudinal healthcare utilization trends in patients using PERS through the home care management service of a large healthcare organization...
April 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416429/-life-threatening-sleepwalking-elpenor-s-syndrome-in-a-10-year-old-child
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M-A Madigand-Tordjman, P-J Egler, F Bertran, M Jokic, F Guénolé
Though benign in the majority of cases, sleepwalking sometimes causes injuries due, among other causes, to falls. Such accidents can be life-threatening - a situation that has been termed Elpenor syndrome (in reference to an accident experienced by a character in Homer's epic The Odyssey) - in particular when entailing defenestration. This syndrome has been described in adults and adolescents; we report here a case in a child. OBSERVATION: This 10-year-old girl was admitted at night to our hospital after a 3-m fall at home...
April 14, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411741/required-friction-during-overground-walking-is-lower-among-obese-compared-to-non-obese-older-men-but-does-not-differ-with-obesity-among-women
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Sara L Arena, Christina R Garman, Maury A Nussbaum, Michael L Madigan
Obesity and aging have been independently associated with altered required friction during walking, but it is unclear how these factors interact to influence the likelihood of slipping. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine whether there are differences related to obesity and aging on required friction during overground walking. Fourteen older non-obese, 11 older obese, 20 younger non-obese, and 20 younger obese adults completed walking trials at both a self-selected and hurried speed. When walking at a hurried speed, older obese men walked at a slower gait speed and exhibited lower frictional demands compared both to older non-obese men and to younger obese men...
July 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411329/racial-and-ethnic-difference-in-falls-among-older-adults-results-from-the-california-health-interview-survey
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Simona C Kwon, Benjamin H Han, Julie A Kranick, Laura C Wyatt, Caroline S Blaum, Stella S Yi, Chau Trinh-Shevrin
BACKGROUND: Research suggests that fall risk among older adults varies by racial/ethnic groups; however, few studies have examined fall risk among Hispanics and Asian American older adults. METHODS: Using 2011-2012 California Health Interview Survey data, this study examines falling ≥2 times in the past year by racial/ethnic groups (Asian Americans, Hispanics, and Blacks) aged ≥65, adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics, body mass index, co-morbidities, and functional limitations...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410919/factors-associated-with-hospital-admission-after-an-emergency-department-treat-and-release-visit-for-older-adults-with-injuries
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Emily C Earl-Royal, Elinore J Kaufman, Alexandra L Hanlon, Daniel N Holena, Kristin L Rising, M Kit Delgado
INTRODUCTION: Emergency Department (ED) visits for injury often precede hospital admissions in older adults, but risk factors for these admissions are poorly characterized. We sought to determine the incidence and risk factors for hospitalization shortly following discharge home from an ED visit for traumatic injury in older adults. We hypothesized higher risk for admission in those with increased age, discharged home after falls, with increased comorbidity burden, and who live in poor neighborhoods...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409031/patient-perspectives-on-engagement-in-recovery-after-hip-fracture-a-qualitative-study
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Joanie Sims-Gould, Sarah Stott-Eveneshen, Lena Fleig, Megan McAllister, Maureen C Ashe
Purpose. To understand older adults' engagement in their recovery experience and rehabilitation after a fall-related hip fracture. Method. 50 community-dwelling older adults recovering from a recent (3-12 months) hip fracture (32 women, 18 men) participated in telephone interviews using a semistructured format at 6 and 12 months after recruitment into the study. Interviews were conducted as part of a mixed-methods study designed to test the effect of a postoperative hip fracture management program (B4 Clinic)...
2017: Journal of Aging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407507/concurrent-validation-of-an-index-to-estimate-fall-risk-in-community-dwelling-seniors-through-a-wireless-sensor-insole-system-a-pilot-study
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Mirko Di Rosa, Jeff M Hausdorff, Vera Stara, Lorena Rossi, Liam Glynn, Monica Casey, Stefan Burkard, Antonio Cherubini
Falls are a major health problem for older adults with immediate effects, such as fractures and head injuries, and longer term effects including fear of falling, loss of independence, and disability. The goals of the WIISEL project were to develop an unobtrusive, self-learning and wearable system aimed at assessing gait impairments and fall risk of older adults in the home setting; assessing activity and mobility in daily living conditions; identifying decline in mobility performance and detecting falls in the home setting...
April 4, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407503/parkinsonian-signs-are-a-risk-factor-for-falls
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Nabila Dahodwala, Chinwe Nwadiogbu, Whitney Fitts, Helen Partridge, Jason Karlawish
BACKGROUND: Parkinsonian signs are common, non-specific findings in older adults and associated with increased rates of dementia and mortality. It is important to understand which motor outcomes are associated with parkinsonian signs. OBJECTIVES: To determine the role of parkinsonian signs on fall rates among older adults. METHODS: We conducted a longitudinal study of primary care patients from the University of Pennsylvania Health System...
April 4, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405254/risk-of-falls-associated-with-antiepileptic-drug-use-in-ambulatory-elderly-populations-a-systematic-review
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Mira Maximos, Feng Chang, Tejal Patel
BACKGROUND: Falls are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in older adults. About a third of those aged 65 years or older fall at least once each year, which can result in hospitalizations, hip fractures and nursing home admissions that incur high costs to individuals, families and society. The objective of this clinical review was to assess the risk of falls in ambulatory older adults who take antiepileptic drugs, medications that can increase fall risk and decrease bone density...
March 2017: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403876/development-of-a-core-outcome-set-for-effectiveness-trials-aimed-at-optimising-prescribing-in-older-adults-in-care-homes
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Anna N Millar, Amrit Daffu-O'Reilly, Carmel M Hughes, David P Alldred, Garry Barton, Christine M Bond, James A Desborough, Phyo K Myint, Richard Holland, Fiona M Poland, David Wright
BACKGROUND: Prescribing medicines for older adults in care homes is known to be sub-optimal. Whilst trials testing interventions to optimise prescribing in this setting have been published, heterogeneity in outcome reporting has hindered comparison of interventions, thus limiting evidence synthesis. The aim of this study was to develop a core outcome set (COS), a list of outcomes which should be measured and reported, as a minimum, for all effectiveness trials involving optimising prescribing in care homes...
April 12, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403369/fear-of-falling-in-older-adults-living-at-home-associated-factors
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Luciano Magalhães Vitorino, Carla Araujo Bastos Teixeira, Eliandra Laís Vilas Boas, Rúbia Lopes Pereira, Naiana Oliveira Dos Santos, Célia Alves Rozendo
OBJECTIVE: To identify the factors associated with the fear of falling in the older adultliving at home. METHOD: Cross-sectional study with probabilistic sampling of older adultenrolled in two Family Health Strategies (FHS). The fear of falling was measured by the Brazilian version of the Falls Efficacy Scale-International and by a household questionnairethat contained the explanatory variables. Multiple Linear Regression using the stepwise selection technique and the Generalized Linear Models were used in the statistical analyses...
April 10, 2017: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399803/dancing-in-time-feasibility-and-acceptability-of-a-contemporary-dance-programme-to-modify-risk-factors-for-falling-in-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Laura Britten, Christine Addington, Sarah Astill
BACKGROUND: Falls are a common cause of injury in older adults, with the prevention of falls being a priority for public health departments around the world. This study investigated the feasibility, and impact of an 8 week contemporary dance programme on modifiable physical (physical activity status, mobility, sedentary behaviour patterns) and psychosocial (depressive state, fear of falling) risk factors for falls. METHODS: An uncontrolled 'pre-post' intervention design was used...
April 11, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399621/aerobic-synergized-exercises-may-improve-fall-related-physical-fitness-in-older-adults
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Yu-Chen Chang, Jung-Der Wang, Ho-Cheng Chen, Susan C Hu
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the present study was to determine whether a synergistic exercise model based on aerobics with additional fall-preventive components could provide extra benefits compared with the same duration of aerobic-synergistic exercise alone. METHODS: A total of 102 adults aged 65 years and over from three geographically separated communities were assigned to three groups: the general aerobic exercise (GAE) group (N.=44), the GAE plus ball game group (BG group; N...
May 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
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