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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633404/agreement-between-35-published-frailty-scores-in-the-general-population
#1
Gloria A Aguayo, Anne-Françoise Donneau, Michel T Vaillant, Anna Schritz, Oscar H Franco, Saverio Stranges, Laurent Malisoux, Michèle Guillaume, Daniel R Witte
In elderly populations, frailty is associated with higher mortality risk. Although many frailty scores (FS) have been proposed, no single score is considered the gold standard. We aimed to evaluate the agreement between a wide range of FS in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). Through a literature search, we identified 35 FS that could be calculated in ELSA wave 2 (2004-2005). We examined agreement between each frailty score and the mean of 35 FS, using a modified Bland-Altman model and Cohen's kappa (κ)...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628498/earlier-physical-therapy-input-is-associated-with-a-reduced-length-of-hospital-stay-and-reduced-care-needs-on-discharge-in-frail-older-inpatients-an-observational-study
#2
Peter J Hartley, Victoria L Keevil, Ledia Alushi, Rebecca L Charles, Eimear B Conroy, Patricia M Costello, Becki Dixon, Aida M Dolinska-Grzybek, Diana Vajda, Roman Romero-Ortuno
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Pressures on hospital bed occupancy in the English National Health Service have focused attention on enhanced service delivery models and methods by which physical therapists might contribute to effective cost savings, while retaining a patient-centered approach. Earlier access to physical therapy may lead to better outcomes in frail older inpatients, but this has not been well studied in acute National Health Service hospitals. Our aim was to retrospectively study the associations between early physical therapy input and length of hospital stay (LOS), functional outcomes, and care needs on discharge...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626858/antibiotics-for-acute-bronchitis
#3
REVIEW
Susan M Smith, Tom Fahey, John Smucny, Lorne A Becker
BACKGROUND: The benefits and risks of antibiotics for acute bronchitis remain unclear despite it being one of the most common illnesses seen in primary care. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of antibiotics in improving outcomes and to assess adverse effects of antibiotic therapy for people with a clinical diagnosis of acute bronchitis. SEARCH METHODS: We searched CENTRAL 2016, Issue 11 (accessed 13 January 2017), MEDLINE (1966 to January week 1, 2017), Embase (1974 to 13 January 2017), and LILACS (1982 to 13 January 2017)...
June 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626315/availability-of-the-two-step-test-to-evaluate-balance-in-frail-people-in-a-day-care-service
#4
Kazunori Kojima, Daisuke Kamai, Shogo Ishitani, Susumu Watanabe
[Purpose] This study evaluated balance tests in users of a day care service who needed nursing care or support, and investigated the usefulness of the Two-step Test for evaluating balance. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects were users of a day care service, and had certified need for long-term care or support. All subjects were able to undergo the balance evaluations. Balance tests included the 3-m Timed Up and Go test (TUG), the one-leg standing time, and the Two-step Test. [Results] The Two-step Test and other balance tests were strongly correlated...
June 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626178/hypoglycemic-coma-induced-by-the-use-of-succinic-acid-cibenzoline-in-frail-late-stage-elderly-subjects
#5
Yurie Hirata, Shinji Kamei, Fuminori Tatsumi, Masashi Shimoda, Akihito Tanabe, Junpei Sanada, Yoshiro Fushimi, Shintaro Irie, Tomoatsu Mune, Kohei Kaku, Hideaki Kaneto
Succinic acid cibenzoline (CZ) is an antiarrhythmic agent often used for the treatment of tachyarrhythmia. However, hypoglycemia should be avoided in the treatment of diabetes. We herein report two late-stage elderly subjects who experienced a severe and prolonged hypoglycemic coma after the usage of CZ. These cases suggest that, when CZ is administered to elderly subjects with renal dysfunction and/or frailty, we should be aware of the possibility that this medicine may induce hypoglycemia and should adjust the dose as appropriate and monitor the concentration of CZ to avoid severe hypoglycemia...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625932/frailty-in-elderly-a-brief-review
#6
Maturin Tabue-Teguo, Nadine Simo, Magali Gonzalez-Colaço Harmand, Matteo Cesari, Jose-Alberto Avila-Funes, Catherine Féart, Hélène Amiéva, Jean-François Dartigues
The identification of frail older persons is a public health priority. Frailty is defined as an extreme vulnerability of the organism to endogenous and exogenous stressors, a syndrome that exposes the individual at higher risk of negative health-related outcomes as well as a transition phase between successful aging and disability. The theoretical concept of frailty is largely agreed, its practical translation still presents some limitations due to the existence of multiple tools and operational definition...
June 1, 2017: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621491/outcome-of-patients-older-than-80%C3%A2-years-with-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-dlbcl-treated-with-standard-immunochemotherapy-a-large-retrospective-study-from-4-institutions
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Stefania Gobba, Alden A Moccia, Wiebke Gulden-Sala, Annarita Conconi, Stefan Diem, Luciano Cascione, Gloria Iacoboni, Gloria Margiotta-Casaluci, Kathrin Aprile von Hohenstaufen, Anastasios Stathis, Felicitas Hitz, Graziella Pinotti, Gianluca Gaidano, Emanuele Zucca
Little information is available on the very elderly patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). We performed a retrospective analysis of 281 patients >80 years old with newly diagnosed DLBCL treated in 4 referral institutions in Switzerland and Northern Italy. Primary end points were overall survival, progression-free survival, and cause-specific survival. Systemic chemotherapy was given to 239 patients, and 119 of them received rituximab in their initial treatment. At a median follow-up of 5.5 years, 5-year progression-free survival was 26% (95% confidence interval [CI], 20-32%), 5-year overall survival was 31% (95% CI, 25-37%), and 5-year cause-specific survival was 48% (95% CI, 41-55%) for the entire cohort...
June 16, 2017: Hematological Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620477/micronutrient-deficiencies-in-the-elderly-could-ready-meals-be-part-of-the-solution
#8
Richard Hoffman
Micronutrient deficiencies contribute to many age-related disorders. One group at particular risk of micronutrient deficiencies is the elderly. Many elderly, such as the frail and those living in institutions, rely on ready meals of variable, often poor, nutritional quality for a significant part of their daily nutritional needs. New policies are needed to ensure that micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and phytochemicals of known nutritional value are retained during the manufacture of ready meals. This together with increased awareness of the importance of micronutrients for health, and simple, clear labelling of the micronutrient content of ready meals would help in the choice of healthier products...
2017: Journal of Nutritional Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614835/aging-of-competitive-athletes
#9
Hirofumi Tanaka
Demographics of human aging are rapidly changing. As illustrated in the biomedicalization of aging, an ever increasing number of older adults is affected by a variety of clinical conditions and diseases, including vascular stiffening, sarcopenia, physical disability, and poor quality of life. One population that is situated in the opposite end of the health and functional spectrum to the sedentary frail elderly is Masters athletes. These older competitive athletes are endowed with substantial functional capacity, overall long-term health, high motivation, and psychosocial outlook...
June 15, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610754/power-and-ambivalence-in-intergenerational-communication-deciding-to-institutionalize-in-shanghai
#10
Lin Chen
China's tradition of taking care of one's aging parents continues to evolve, as evidenced by the growth in nursing home residents in Shanghai. However, how these families make the decision to institutionalize remains unclear. To fill this gap, this study draws on power relations to examine communication dynamics when oldest-old and their adult children decide to institutionalize. This study used a phenomenological approach. Twelve dyads of matched elderly residents and their children participated in face-to-face, in-depth interviews (N=24)...
April 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603896/dietary-pattern-associated-with-frailty-results-from-nutrition-and-health-survey-in-taiwan
#11
Yen-Li Lo, Yao-Te Hsieh, Li-Lin Hsu, Shao-Yuan Chuang, Hsing-Yi Chang, Chih-Cheng Hsu, Ching-Yu Chen, Wen-Harn Pan
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether dietary patterns are associated with frailty phenotypes in an elderly Taiwanese population. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: Nutrition and Health Survey in Taiwan (NAHSIT), 2014-2016. PARTICIPANTS: Noninstitutionalized Taiwanese nationals aged 65 years and older enrolled in the NAHSIT (N = 923). MEASUREMENTS: Dietary intake was assessed using a 79-item food-frequency questionnaire (FFQ)...
June 12, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602417/survival-outcomes-with-short-course-radiation-therapy-in-elderly-patients-with-glioblastoma-data-from-a-randomized-phase-3-trial
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Douglas Guedes de Castro, Juliana Matiello, Wilson Roa, Sunita Ghosh, Lucyna Kepka, Narendra Kumar, Valery Sinaika, Darejan Lomidze, Dalenda Hentati, Eduardo Rosenblatt, Elena Fidarova
PURPOSE: To perform a subset analysis of survival outcomes in elderly patients with glioblastoma from a randomized phase 3 trial comparing 2 short-course radiation therapy (RT) regimens in elderly and/or frail patients. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The original trial population included elderly and/or frail patients with a diagnosis of glioblastoma. Patients joined the phase 3, randomized, multicenter, prospective, noninferiority trial; were assigned to 1 of 2 groups in a 1:1 ratio, either short-course RT (25 Gy in 5 fractions, arm 1) or commonly used RT (40 Gy in 15 fractions, arm 2); and were stratified by age (<65 years and ≥65 years), Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS), and extent of surgery...
July 15, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602153/frailty-as-a-predictor-of-mortality-in-the-elderly-emergency-general-surgery-patient
#13
Jens Goeteyn, Louis A Evans, Siem De Cleyn, Sigrid Fauconnier, Caroline Damen, Jonathan Hewitt, Wim Ceelen
BACKGROUND: The number of surgical procedures performed in elderly and frail patients has greatly increased in the last decades. However, there is little research in the elderly emergency general surgery patient. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of frailty in the emergency general surgery population in Belgium. Secondly, we examined the length of hospital stay, readmission rate and mortality at 30 and 90 days. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study at Ghent University Hospital...
June 10, 2017: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601218/-edmonton-frail-scale-in-colombian-older-people-comparison-with-the-fried-criteria
#14
Jairo Uriel Ramírez Ramírez, Miguel Oswaldo Cadena Sanabria, Miguel Enrique Ochoa
INTRODUCTION: The Edmonton Frailty Scale was developed in Alberta (Canada). It has been applied in different scenarios, such as acute units, day hospitals, and outpatient care. There are no studies published describing the usefulness of this scale in Colombia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study and secondary diagnostic test analysis was designed with the objective of studying the criterion validity of the Edmonton Frail Scale using Fried's frailty criteria as standard...
June 7, 2017: Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599819/between-the-best-way-to-deliver-patient-care-and-chaos-and-low-clinical-value-general-practitioners-and-practice-managers-views-on-data-sharing
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Mila Petrova, Matthew Barclay, Sam S Barclay, Stephen I G Barclay
OBJECTIVE: In the UK, General Practitioners and Practice Managers are key to enabling health information exchange (typically referred to as 'data sharing'). This study aimed to survey GPs and PMs for familiarity, engagement with and perceptions of patient data sharing. METHODS: Cross-sectional survey. All 107 general practices in England's second largest Clinical Commissioning Group, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG. Descriptive statistics; hierarchical logistic regression; thematic analysis...
August 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596252/success-in-bone-marrow-failure-novel-therapeutic-directions-based-on-the-immune-environment-of-myelodysplastic-syndromes
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REVIEW
Alyssa H Cull, Michael J Rauh
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are clonal neoplasms of aging that are associated with BM failure, related cytopenias, fatigue, susceptibility to infections, bruising, bleeding, a shortened lifespan, and a propensity for leukemic transformation. Most frail, elderly patients are not candidates for curative allogeneic BM transplantations and instead receive expectant management, supportive blood transfusions, or empirical, nontargeted therapy. It has been known for some time that MDS arises in an abnormal BM immune environment; however, connections have only recently been established with recurring MDS-associated mutations...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596151/survey-on-advance-care-planning-of-italian-outpatients-on-chronic-haemodialysis
#17
Nicola Panocchia, Giuseppe Tonnara, Roberta Minacori, Dario Sacchini, Maurizio Bossola, Luigi Tazza, Giovanni Gambaro, Antonio Gioacchino Spagnolo
OBJECTIVES: The clinical practice guidelines published by the Renal Physicians Association (USA) recommend instituting advance care planning (ACP) for patients with end-stage renal disease. Studies on this issue are lacking in Italy. Our aim was to determine the attitudes of patients on ACP in our dialysis centre. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional survey. We recruited patients on maintenance haemodialysis (HD) at Hemodialysis Center of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, from 1 March 2014 to 31 March 2015...
June 8, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583470/insights-into-the-current-management-of-older-adults-with-type-2-diabetes-in-the-ontario-primary-care-setting
#18
Graydon S Meneilly, Lori D Berard, Alice Y Y Cheng, Peter J Lin, Lori MacCallum, Ross T Tsuyuki, Jean-François Yale, Nahal Nasseri, Jean-François Richard, Lianne Goldin, Anatoly Langer, Mary K Tan, Lawrence A Leiter
OBJECTIVE: The Goal Oriented controL of Diabetes in the Elderly populatioN (GOLDEN) Program assessed the management of older persons with type 2 diabetes in Canadian primary care. METHODS: Data were extracted from the records of 833 consecutively identified persons 65 years of age or older who had type 2 diabetes and were taking 1 antihyperglycemic agent or more; they were managed by 64 physicians from 36 Ontario clinics. RESULTS: More than half (53%) had glycated hemoglobin (A1C) levels of 7...
June 2, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581195/minimal-preparation-ct-a-literature-review-of-a-minimally-invasive-imaging-technique-for-colorectal-cancer-in-a-frail-aged-population
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REVIEW
Andrew D Csillag, Anna R Quirk, Michael V Chan, Lloyd J Ridley
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common malignancy with increased incidence in the elderly. When CRC is suspected, patients are typically evaluated with optical colonoscopy (OC) or CT Colonography (CTC). Unfortunately, in the frail and elderly patient, these investigations can be difficult to perform and are often not tolerated. Minimal preparation computed tomography (MPCT) is a CT technique to evaluate the colon. Although protocols vary, typically, no preparation is required apart from administration of oral contrast for faecal tagging...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579766/effects-of-multi-domain-interventions-in-pre-frail-elderly-on-frailty-functional-and-cognitive-status-a-systematic-review
#20
REVIEW
Lenore Dedeyne, Mieke Deschodt, Sabine Verschueren, Jos Tournoy, Evelien Gielen
BACKGROUND: Frailty is an aging syndrome caused by exceeding a threshold of decline across multiple organ systems leading to a decreased resistance to stressors. Treatment for frailty focuses on multi-domain interventions to target multiple affected functions in order to decrease the adverse outcomes of frailty. No systematic reviews on the effectiveness of multi-domain interventions exist in a well-defined frail population. OBJECTIVES: This systematic review aimed to determine the effect of multi-domain compared to mono-domain interventions on frailty status and score, cognition, muscle mass, strength and power, functional and social outcomes in (pre)frail elderly (≥65 years)...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
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