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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102717/seasonal-and-geographic-variation-in-the-incidence-of-asthma-exacerbations-in-the-united-states
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M Gerhardsson de Verdier, Per Gustafson, Christopher McCrae, Staffan Edsbäcker, Neil Johnston
BACKGROUND: Exacerbations drive the burden of asthma and lead to significant morbidity and consumption of healthcare resources. Many prior studies of the epidemiology of asthma exacerbations have relied upon data from hospital care. OBJECTIVE: To determine US patterns of geographic and seasonal variation of asthma exacerbations being defined as asthma episodes requiring hospital care and/or a prescription for oral steroid. METHODS: The study was a retrospective observational cohort study using administrative claims data for insured individuals from the HealthCore Integrated Research Database, including around 43 million members in US...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101555/predictors-for-living-at-home-after-geriatric-inpatient-rehabilitation-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Jan Kool, Peter Oesch, Stefan Bachmann
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate patient characteristics predicting living at home after geriatric rehabilitation. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. PATIENTS: A total of 210 patients aged 65 years or older receiving inpatient rehabilitation. METHODS: Candidate predictors evaluated during rehabilitation were: age, vulnerability (Vulnerable Elders Survey), multimorbidity (Cumulative Illness Rating Scale), cognition (Mini-Mental State Examination), depression (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale), living alone, previous independence in activities of daily living, fall risk, and mobility at discharge (Timed Up and Go test)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101476/psychometric-properties-of-the-persian-version-of-the-quality-of-life-in-epilepsy-inventory-in-the-later-life
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Abdolrahim Asadollahi, Laleh Fani Saberi, Ali Havasi, Mohammad-Hossein Kaveh
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The reports indicate on the incidence of seizure disorder about 1.5 per cent of the normal elderly population. The Quality of Life in Epilepsy Inventory (QOLIE-31) has been pervasive simple tool to screen seizure in the busy neurophysiological settings and monitoring. It was constructed as self-administered tool in two formats, 89 and 31-items. To the reliability and validity of the QOLIE-31 across older adults in the southwest Iran and discuss its role in the detection of health-related quality of elderly patients with epilepsy...
December 2016: Journal of Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101101/predictive-factors-of-rapid-cognitive-decline-in-patients-with-alzheimer-disease
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Coralie Barbe, Isabella Morrone, J L Novella, Moustapha Dramé, Aurore Wolak-Thierry, Jean-Pierre Aquino, Joël Ankri, Damien Jolly, Rachid Mahmoudi
AIM: To determine predictive factors associated with rapid cognitive decline (RCD) in elderly patients suffering from Alzheimer disease (AD). METHODS: Patients suffering from mild to moderate AD were included. RCD was defined as the loss of at least 3 points on the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) over 12 months. Factors associated with RCD were identified by logistic regression. RESULTS: Among 123 patients included, 61 were followed up until 12 months...
September 2016: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100143/end-of-life-in-high-security-prisons-in-switzerland
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Irene Marti, Ueli Hostettler, Marina Richter
Similar to other institutions, the Swiss prison system faces a growing number of elderly prisoners, trends toward securitization, and, in consequence, more prisoners who will spend the end-of-life (EOL) period of time in prison. By law, prisoners should have the same access to care as the rest of the population. However, custody makes meeting the demands of medical and palliative care difficult. This article focuses on the organizational challenges related to EOL care. Based on ethnographic and documentary research, it examines the institutional logic of the prison and the competing "new" logic emerging with EOL care...
January 2017: Journal of Correctional Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099965/pilot-test-of-a-new-personal-health-system-integrating-environmental-and-wearable-sensors-for-telemonitoring-and-care-of-elderly-people-at-home-smarta-project
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Lucia Pigini, Gabriele Bovi, Claudia Panzarino, Valerio Gower, Maurizio Ferratini, Giuseppe Andreoni, Roberto Sassi, Massimo W Rivolta, Maurizio Ferrarin
BACKGROUND: The increase in life expectancy is accompanied by a growing number of elderly subjects affected by chronic comorbidities, a health issue which also implies important socioeconomic consequences. Shifting from hospital or community dwelling care towards a home personalized healthcare paradigm would promote active aging with a better quality of life, along with a reduction in healthcare-related costs. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the SMARTA project was to develop and test an innovative personal health system integrating standard sensors as well as innovative wearable and environmental sensors to allow home telemonitoring of vital parameters and detection of anomalies in daily activities, thus supporting active aging through remote healthcare...
January 19, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099533/tinea-capitis-caused-by-trichophyton-rubrum-mimicking-favus
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Alan S Boyd
Favus is an uncommon form of tinea capitis (TC) currently seen in geographic areas with poor sanitation and limited access to health care such as emerging nations. Several variants of this condition have been described including one exhibiting a plaque composed of parchmentlike material. The makeup of this plaque has not been described. Tinea capitis is rare in adults, particularly when the infectious agent is Trichophyton rubrum, and affected patients often exhibit comorbidities associated with diminished immune surveillance...
December 2016: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098939/a-systematic-review-of-economic-evaluations-of-treatments-for-patients-with-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Ben F M Wijnen, Ghislaine A P G van Mastrigt, Silvia M A A Evers, Olga Gershuni, Danielle A J E Lambrechts, Marian H J M Majoie, Debby Postulart, Bert A P Aldenkamp, Reina J A de Kinderen
The increasing number of treatment options and the high costs associated with epilepsy have fostered the development of economic evaluations in epilepsy. It is important to examine the availability and quality of these economic evaluations and to identify potential research gaps. As well as looking at both pharmacologic (antiepileptic drugs [AEDs]) and nonpharmacologic (e.g., epilepsy surgery, ketogenic diet, vagus nerve stimulation) therapies, this review examines the methodologic quality of the full economic evaluations included...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098831/a-fast-multimodal-ectopic-beat-detection-method-applied-for-blood-pressure-estimation-based-on-pulse-wave-velocity-measurements-in-wearable-sensors
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Maik Pflugradt, Kai Geissdoerfer, Matthias Goernig, Reinhold Orglmeister
Automatic detection of ectopic beats has become a thoroughly researched topic, with literature providing manifold proposals typically incorporating morphological analysis of the electrocardiogram (ECG). Although being well understood, its utilization is often neglected, especially in practical monitoring situations like online evaluation of signals acquired in wearable sensors. Continuous blood pressure estimation based on pulse wave velocity considerations is a prominent example, which depends on careful fiducial point extraction and is therefore seriously affected during periods of increased occurring extrasystoles...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098050/dairy-food-supplementation-may-reduce-malnutrition-risk-in-institutionalised-elderly
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Sandra Iuliano, Shirley Poon, Xiaofang Wang, Minh Bui, Ego Seeman
Malnutrition in institutionalised elderly increases morbidity and care costs. Meat and dairy foods are high-quality protein sources so adequate intakes may reduce malnutrition risk. We aimed to determine whether inadequate intakes of meat and dairy foods contribute to malnutrition in institutionalised elderly. This cross-sectional study involved 215 elderly residents (70·2 % females, mean age 85·8 years) from twenty-one aged-care facilities in Melbourne, Australia. Dietary intake was assessed using observed plate waste...
January 18, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096999/decreasing-skeletal-muscle-as-a-risk-factor-for-mortality-in-elderly-patients-with-sepsis-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Keita Shibahashi, Kazuhiro Sugiyama, Masahiro Kashiura, Yuichi Hamabe
BACKGROUND: Older patients account for the majority of patients with sepsis. The objective of this study was to determine if decreased skeletal muscle mass is associated with outcomes in elderly patients with sepsis. METHODS: Patients (60 years and older) who were admitted to a tertiary medical center intensive care unit with a primary diagnosis of sepsis between January 2012 and February 2016 were included. Patients who had not undergone abdominal computed tomography on the day of admission, had cardiopulmonary arrest on arrival, or had iliopsoas abscess were excluded from the analyses...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096832/perioperative-care-in-elderly-cardiac-surgery-patients
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Ewa Kucewicz-Czech, Katarzyna Kiecak, Ewa Urbańska, Tomasz Maciejewski, Robert Kaliś, Waldemar Pakosiewicz, Tadeusz Kołodziej, Piotr Knapik, Roman Przybylski, Marian Zembala
INTRODUCTION: Surgery is an extreme physiological stress for the elderly. Aging is inevitably associated with irreversible and progressive cellular degeneration. Patients above 75 years of age are characterized by impaired responses to operative stress and a very narrow safety margin. AIM: To evaluate perioperative complications in patients aged ≥ 75 years who underwent cardiac surgery in comparison to outcomes in younger patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted at the Silesian Centre for Heart Diseases in Zabrze in 2009-2014 after a standard of perioperative care in seniors was implemented to reduce complications, in particular to decrease the duration of mechanical ventilation and reduce postoperative delirium...
December 2016: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096826/pol-tavi-polish-registry-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-simple-tool-great-value-rationale-and-design
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Joanna Zembala-John, Krzysztof Wilczek, Zdzisław Tobota, Piotr Chodór, Daniel Cieśla, Tomasz Jaźwiec, Waldemar Banasiak, Janina Stępińska, Zbigniew Kalarus, Grzegorz Opolski, Marian Zembala
Aortic stenosis (AS) is the most common valvular heart disease in adults in Europe and North America. Management of AS patients depends on accurate diagnosis of the cause and stage of the disease process: the first and definitive therapeutic choice for a growing number of elderly patients with symptomatic AS is surgical treatment. In patients not eligible for surgery, transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) constitutes a safe and effective alternative. As an innovative, costly method of treatment, it requires however careful monitoring of its course, documenting its early and long-term results, and assessment of its safety and medical-economic cost-effectiveness...
December 2016: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096279/a-framework-of-comfort-for-practice-an-integrative-review-identifying-the-multiple-influences-on-patients-experience-of-comfort-in-healthcare-settings
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REVIEW
Cynthia Wensley, Mari Botti, Ann McKillop, Alan F Merry
PURPOSE: Comfort is central to patient experience but the concept of comfort is poorly defined. This review aims to develop a framework representing patients' complex perspective of comfort to inform practice and guide initiatives to improve the quality of healthcare. DATA SOURCES: CINAHL, MEDLINE Complete, PsycINFO and Google Scholar (November 2016); reference lists of included publications. STUDY SELECTION: Qualitative and theoretical studies advancing knowledge about the concept of comfort in healthcare settings...
January 16, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096126/the-age-related-eye-disease-2-study-micronutrients-in-the-treatment-of-macular-degeneration
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REVIEW
Aruna Gorusupudi, Kelly Nelson, Paul S Bernstein
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss in the elderly. With an increasingly aged population worldwide, the need for the prevention of AMD is rising. Multiple studies investigating AMD with the use of animal models and cell culture have identified oxidative stress-related retinal damage as an important contributing factor. In general, diet is an excellent source of the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals necessary for healthy living; moreover, the general public is often receptive to recommendations made by physicians and health care workers regarding diet and supplements as a means of empowering themselves to avoid common and worrisome ailments such as AMD, which has made epidemiologists and clinicians enthusiastic about dietary intervention studies...
January 2017: Advances in Nutrition
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/28095385/early-cholecystectomy-for-acute-cholecystitis-in-the-elderly-population-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Charlotte S Loozen, Bert van Ramshorst, Hjalmar C van Santvoort, Djamila Boerma
BACKGROUND: In the era of advanced surgical techniques and improved perioperative care, the willingness to perform emergency operations in elderly patients continues to increase. This systematic review aimed at assessing the clinical outcomes of early cholecystectomy in elderly patients with acute cholecystitis. METHODS: Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases were systematically searched for studies reporting on early cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis in patients aged ≥70 years...
January 18, 2017: Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093379/the-epital-care-model-a-new-person-centered-model-of-technology-enabled-integrated-care-for-people-with-long-term-conditions
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Klaus Phanareth, Søren Vingtoft, Anders Skovbo Christensen, Jakob Sylvest Nielsen, Jørgen Svenstrup, Gro Karine Rosvold Berntsen, Stanton Peter Newman, Lars Kayser
BACKGROUND: There is worldwide recognition that the future provision of health care requires a reorganization of provision of care, with increased empowerment and engagement of patients, along with skilled health professionals delivering services that are coordinated across sectors and organizations that provide health care. Technology may be a way to enable the creation of a coherent, cocreative, person-centered method to provide health care for individuals with one or more long-term conditions (LTCs)...
January 16, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092801/the-association-between-personal-income-and-aging-a-population-based-13-year-longitudinal-study
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Tzu-Yu Lin, Chia-Yu Chen, Chueh-Yung Tsao, Kuang-Hung Hsu
INTRODUCTION: Population aging is set to increase the elder dependency ratio, causing a rapid increase in healthcare expenditures and financial burden on the government. This study aims to construct an aging score from age-related diseases and to perform longitudinal analyses to examine the association between personal income and aging. METHODS: A total of 86,838 subjects drawn from a community with 384,617 residents in northern Taiwan were examined. Personal income and aging-related diseases were measured from the National Health Insurance database during 1997-2010...
January 9, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092516/single-camera-based-method-for-step-length-symmetry-measurement-in-unconstrained-elderly-home-monitoring
#20
Xi Cai, Guang Han, Xin Song, Jinkuan Wang
OBJECTIVE: Single-camera-based gait monitoring is unobtrusive, inexpensive and easy-to-use to monitor daily gait of seniors in their homes. However, most studies require subjects to walk perpendicularly to camera's optical axis or along some specified routes, which limits its application in elderly home monitoring. To build unconstrained monitoring environments, we propose a method to measure step length symmetry ratio (a useful gait parameter representing gait symmetry without significant relationship with age) from unconstrained straight walking using a single camera, without strict restrictions on walking directions or routes...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
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