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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637234/a-baseline-assessment-by-healthcare-professionals-of-dutch-pharmacotherapeutic-care-for-the-elderly-with-polypharmacy
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Lutien Bakker, Peter F Kemper, Cordula Wagner, Gepke O Delwel, Martine C de Bruijne
Polypharmacy is common in the elderly population and is associated with an increased risk of adverse drug events. To diminish this risk, the guideline 'Polypharmacy in the Elderly' has been developed in 2012. This study examines, to what extent Dutch pharmacotherapeutic practice amongst elderly with polypharmacy mirrors the best practice described in this guideline and which barriers threaten it. An observational study was conducted in 2013/14 using a questionnaire distributed amongst Dutch healthcare professionals and elderly patients with polypharmacy...
June 14, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636084/co-morbidities-and-bleeding-in-elderly-patients-with-haemophilia-a-survey-of-the-german-austrian-and-swiss-society-of-thrombosis-and-haemostasis-research-gth
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W Miesbach, S-E Reitter-Pfoertner, R Klamroth, F Langer, H-H Wolf, A Tiede, B Siegmund, U Scholz, P R Müller, H Eichler, I Pabinger
BACKGROUND: Nowadays patients with haemophilia survive longer due to improvements in haemophilia care. It has been hypothesized that the bleeding type and frequency may vary with age and are influenced by co-morbidities and co-medication in elderly patients. OBJECTIVES: To investigate a large group of patients older than 60 years of age with haemophilia concerning haemophilia treatment, bleeding pattern changes, co-morbidities, co-medication, bleeding sites and patient mortality...
June 21, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634824/association-of-parkinsonism-or-parkinson-disease-with-polypharmacy-in-the-year-preceding-diagnosis-a-nested-case-control-study-in-south-korea
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Hae-Young Park, Ji-Won Park, Hyun Soon Sohn, Jin-Won Kwon
INTRODUCTION: Published studies on the association between polypharmacy and parkinsonism or Parkinson disease are very limited. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate whether polypharmacy is associated with parkinsonism or Parkinson disease in elderly patients. METHODS: From a South Korean national health insurance sample cohort database for 2002-2013, we matched parkinsonism cases (defined by diagnosis codes for parkinsonism/Parkinson disease) and Parkinson disease cases (patients who had records for both Parkinson disease diagnosis and anti-Parkinson disease drug prescriptions) with controls...
June 20, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634521/a-review-of-echocardiograms-in-hypertensive-patients-greater-than-60-years-in-a-community-based-family-medicine-program
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Shideh Doroudi, Michael D DeLisi, Vincent A DeBari
Background: Heart disease as a result of Hypertension is known to occur. Anatomical and functional changes of the heart can easily be detected by echocardiography, which is a safe and readily available study. Objectives: The aims of this study were to evaluate the prevalence of common echocardiographic changes in chronic hypertensive patients and to compare these changes in male and female populations. Design/methods: The study was a community-based cross-sectional study, on 227 hypertensive patients, 60 years and older, seen in St...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631805/drug-therapy-for-chronic-idiopathic-axonal-polyneuropathy
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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/28631057/diabetes-mellitus-a-risk-factor-for-seizures-in-the-elderly-a-population-based-study
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Marta Baviera, Maria Carla Roncaglioni, Mauro Tettamanti, Tommaso Vannini, Ida Fortino, Angela Bortolotti, Luca Merlino, Ettore Beghi
AIMS: To evaluate the association between diabetes mellitus (DM) and risk of seizures in a well-defined elderly population. METHODS: The administrative databases of the Lombardy region (a 10 million population area in Northern Italy) were used to identify persons aged 65 years or older with DM (defined by prescription of antidiabetic drugs and/or through ICD-9 CM code and/or exemption code for diabetes) during the year 2002. Seizure-free DM subjects were followed until 2012 in search of individuals with incident seizures (identified through ICD-9 CM codes for epilepsy/seizures or ATC codes for antiepileptic drugs associated with the prescription of an electroencephalogram)...
June 19, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630771/polypharmacy-among-underserved-older-african-american-adults
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Mohsen Bazargan, James Smith, Masoud Movassaghi, David Martins, Hamed Yazdanshenas, Seyede Salehe Mortazavi, Gail Orum
The purpose of the present study was to examine correlates of polypharmacy among underserved community-dwelling older African American adults. Methods. This study recruited 400 underserved older African Americans adults living in South Los Angeles. The structured face-to-face interviews collected data on participants' characteristics and elicited data pertaining to the type, frequency, dosage, and indications of all medications used by participants. Results. Seventy-five and thirty percent of participants take at least five and ten medications per day, respectively...
2017: Journal of Aging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629294/prevalence-of-insomnia-and-related-impact
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Manchumad Manjavong, Panita Limpawattana, Pisaln Mairiang, Sirirat Anutrakulchai
Background Sleep problem is a common geriatric condition that can result in various outcomes, both physical and mental, that reduce quality of life. The studies regarding the prevalence and impact of insomnia on daily activities in Thailand in pre-elderly and elderly adults are few. Objectives The primary objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of insomnia among pre-elderly and elderly populations and the secondary objective was to study the impact of insomnia on their daily lives. Methods This study included the participants from the urban middle class in the pre-retirement age of 50 years or older adults who worked for Khon Kaen University (KKU), Khon Kaen, Thailand, and their elderly relatives...
August 2016: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626381/nilotinib-induced-acute-pancreatitis-in-a-patient-with-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
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Vihang Patel, Anil Pattisapu, Karim Attia, John Weiss
Nilotinib, a second-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is used for treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML); it has been widely used especially for imatinib-resistant CML. Despite being a novel drug in this therapeutic class, it has the potential to be harmful. We present the case of an elderly woman who developed life-threatening acute pancreatitis as an adverse event after having started the drug. There is only one reported case in the literature of nilotinib-induced acute pancreatitis. The purpose of this case report is to educate physicians who prescribe this medication to be aware of potential life-threatening adverse events...
May 2017: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625931/overview-of-the-risk-areas-associated-with-care-in-nursing-homes
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Delphine Teigné, Marion Lucas, Brice Leclère, Leila Moret, Noémie Terrien
As the number of dependant elderly people rises, the place occupied by nursing homes in the French health care system becomes more and more important, and the question of resident safety is more significant than ever. A transfer of the notions developed for hospitals is useful but insufficient, as they mainly focus on the technical facet of care. In order to propose a wider view of risk management in nursing homes, we reviewed the French medical literature published between 2005 and 2016 in search of articles about adverse events related to health care in French nursing homes...
June 1, 2017: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623615/use-of-antipsychotic-drugs-by-elderly-primary-care-patients-and-the-effects-of-medication-reviews-a-cross-sectional-study-in-sweden
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Cecilia Lenander, Patrik Midlöv, Nina Viberg, John Chalmers, Kris Rogers, Åsa Bondesson
BACKGROUND: Antipsychotics form a class of drugs that should be used with caution among elderly people because of a high risk of adverse events. Despite the risks and modest effects, their use is estimated to be high, especially in nursing homes. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to explore the effects of medication reviews on antipsychotic drug use for elderly primary care patients and describe the extent of, and reasons for, the prescription of antipsychotics. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study in primary care in Skåne, Sweden, patients aged ≥75 years living in nursing homes or in their own homes with home care were included...
June 16, 2017: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623381/-the-use-of-prescription-drugs-with-dependence-potential-in-germany-a-prospective-analysis-of-prescriptions-in-the-public-healthcare-system-between-2006-and-2010
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Sven Buth, Rüdiger Holzbach, Moritz Rosenkranz, Uwe Verthein
BACKGROUND: In Germany, about 1.4 to 2.6 million people are dependent on prescription drugs, mainly benzodiazepine derivatives and opioid analgesics. Despite this large number of affected people, studies on prescription behaviour and drug intake are scarce. There are particularly few empirical findings available with regard to elderly people age 65 and over who are disproportionally affected by prescription drug abuse. METHODS: The North German Pharmacy Computing Centre (Norddeutsches Apothekenrechenzentrum, NARZ) collects the prescription data of about 11 million citizens and covers over 80% of drug pharmacies in North Germany...
June 16, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623363/machine-learning-workflow-to-enhance-predictions-of-adverse-drug-reactions-adrs-through-drug-gene-interactions-application-to-drugs-for-cutaneous-diseases
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Kalpana Raja, Matthew Patrick, James T Elder, Lam C Tsoi
Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) pose critical public health issues, affecting over 6% of hospitalized patients. While knowledge of potential drug-drug interactions (DDI) is necessary to prevent ADR, the rapid pace of drug discovery makes it challenging to maintain a strong insight into DDIs. In this study, we present a novel literature-mining framework for enhancing the predictions of DDIs and ADR types by integrating drug-gene interactions (DGIs). The ADR types were adapted from a DDI corpus, including i) adverse effect; ii) effect at molecular level; iii) effect related to pharmacokinetics; and iv) DDIs without known ADRs...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623157/mortality-and-antipsychotic-drug-use-in-elderly-patients-with-parkinson-disease-in-nursing-homes
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Dao Thu Trang, Charlène Cool, Clarisse Laffon de Mazieres, Maryse Lapeyre-Mestre, Jean-Louis Montastruc, Olivier Rascol, Yves Rolland, Agnès Sommet
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate mortality rate in elderly and very elderly (≥85 years) residents with Parkinson disease (PD) in nursing homes (NHs) with and without antipsychotic drugs. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: All residents with PD from the 6275 NH residents participating in the Impact d'une démarche QUAlité sur l'évolution des pratiques et le déclin fonctionnel des Résidents en Etablissement d'hébergement pour personnes âgées dépendantes (IQUARE) study...
June 13, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622547/co-morbidity-and-clinically-significant-interactions-between-antiepileptic-drugs-and-other-drugs-in-elderly-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-epilepsy
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Emmi Bruun, Lauri J Virta, Reetta Kälviäinen, Tapani Keränen
PURPOSE: A study was conducted to investigate the frequency of potential pharmacokinetic drug-to-drug interactions in elderly patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy. We also investigated co-morbid conditions associated with epilepsy. METHOD: From the register of Kuopio University Hospital (KUH) we identified community-dwelling patients aged 65 or above with newly diagnosed epilepsy and in whom use of the first individual antiepileptic drug (AED) began in 2000-2013 (n=529)...
June 13, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621693/abnormalities-of-cortical-neural-synchronization-mechanisms-in-subjects-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-due-to-alzheimer-s-and-parkinson-s-diseases-an-eeg-study
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Claudio Babiloni, Claudio Del Percio, Roberta Lizio, Giuseppe Noce, Susanna Cordone, Susanna Lopez, Andrea Soricelli, Raffaele Ferri, Maria Teresa Pascarelli, Flavio Nobili, Dario Arnaldi, Francesco Famà, Dag Aarsland, Francesco Orzi, Carla Buttinelli, Franco Giubilei, Marco Onofrj, Fabrizio Stocchi, Paola Stirpe, Peter Fuhr, Ute Gschwandtner, Gerhard Ransmayr, Georg Caravias, Heinrich Garn, Fabiola Sorpresi, Michela Pievani, Fabrizia D'Antonio, Carlo De Lena, Bahar Güntekin, Lutfu Hanoğlu, Erol Başar, Görsev Yener, Derya Durusu Emek-Savaş, Antonio Ivano Triggiani, Raffaella Franciotti, Giovanni B Frisoni, Laura Bonanni, Maria Francesca De Pandis
The aim of this retrospective and exploratory study was that the cortical sources of resting state eyes-closed electroencephalographic (rsEEG) rhythms might reveal different abnormalities in cortical neural synchronization in groups of patients with mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's disease (ADMCI) and Parkinson's disease (PDMCI) as compared to healthy subjects. Clinical and rsEEG data of 75 ADMCI, 75 PDMCI, and 75 cognitively normal elderly (Nold) subjects were available in an international archive...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619830/differential-and-joint-effects-of-metformin-and-statins-on-overall-survival-of-elderly-patients-with-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-a-large-population-based-study
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Jian-Yu E, Shou-En Lu, Yong Lin, Judith M Graber, David Rotter, Lanjing Zhang, Gloria M Petersen, Kitaw Demissie, Grace Lu-Yao, Xiang-Lin Tan
BACKGROUND: Published evidence indicates that individual use of metformin and statin is associated with reduced cancer mortality. However, their differential and joint effects on pancreatic cancer survival are inconclusive. METHODS: We identified a large population-based cohort of 12,572 patients aged 65 years or older with primary pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) diagnosed between 2008 and 2011 from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare linked database...
June 15, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617720/development-of-a-trigger-tool-to-identify-adverse-drug-events-in-elderly-patients-with-multimorbidity
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María Dolores Toscano Guzmán, Mercedes Galván Banqueri, María José Otero, Eva Rocío Alfaro Lara, Pilar Casajus Lagranja, Bernardo Santos Ramos
PURPOSE: Elderly patients with multimorbidity are especially vulnerable to adverse drug events (ADEs) and had high prevalence rates. Identifying ADEs is essential for enabling timely interventions that can mitigate the adverse events detected and for developing targeted strategies to prevent their occurrence as well as to monitor implementation. The aim of this study was to develop a set with appropriate triggers for detecting potential ADEs in elderly patients with multimorbidity. METHODS: A modified Delphi methodology was used to reach consensus...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616498/xenotransplantation-a-special-case-of-one-health
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REVIEW
Joachim Denner
The chronic shortage of human transplants to treat tissue and organ failure has led to the development of xenotransplantation, the transplantation of cells, tissues and organs from another species to human recipients. For a number of reasons, pigs are best suited as donor animals. Successful, routine xenotransplantation would have an enormous impact on the health of the human population, including the young, who sometimes require a replacement organ or islet cells, but especially the elderly, who more often suffer the consequences of organ failure...
June 2017: One Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616396/management-for-non-variceal-upper-gastrointestinal-bleeding-in-elderly-patients-the-experience-of-a-tertiary-university-hospital
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Koichiro Kawaguchi, Hiroki Kurumi, Yohei Takeda, Kazuo Yashima, Hajime Isomoto
BACKGROUND: Peptic ulcer bleeding (PUB) is the main cause of non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB). Endoscopic treatment and acid suppression with proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are most important in the management of PUB and these treatments have reduced mortality. However, elderly patients sometimes have a poor prognostic outcome due to severe comorbidities. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed on 504 cases with acute non-variceal UGIB who were examined in our hospital, in order to reveal the risk factor of a poor outcome in elderly patients...
April 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
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