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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203065/oral-drug-therapy-in-elderly-with-dysphagia-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place
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REVIEW
Serena Logrippo, Giovanna Ricci, Matteo Sestili, Marco Cespi, Letizia Ferrara, Giovanni F Palmieri, Roberta Ganzetti, Giulia Bonacucina, Paolo Blasi
Demographic indicators forecast that by 2050, the elderly will account for about one-third of the global population. Geriatric patients require a large number of medicines, and in most cases, these products are administered as solid oral solid dosage forms, as they are by far the most common formulations on the market. However, this population tends to suffer difficulties with swallowing. Caregivers in hospital geriatric units routinely compound in solid oral dosage forms for dysphagic patients by crushing the tablets or opening the capsules to facilitate administration...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202886/totally-implantable-central-venous-device-associated-blood-stream-infection-in-elderly-malignant-disease-patients
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Yasuo Aota, Yuko Okuda, Tsubasa Watanabe, Keitaro Fujiwara, Itaru Nakamura, Tomohisa Yokoyama, Akihiko Gotoh, Michio Sakurai
AIM: We investigated the rate of bloodstream infections in elderly malignant disease patients whose totally implantable central venous device (CV ports) had been removed for any reason at our hospital. METHODS: We evaluated 22 elderly malignant disease patients who had had their CV ports removed for any reason between May 2014 to April 2015. RESULTS: The patients were 12 males and 10 females between 62 and 86 years of age with a median age of 75...
2017: Nihon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198571/pulmonary-mri-morphometry-modeling-of-airspace-enlargement-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency
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Alexei Ouriadov, Eric Lessard, Khadija Sheikh, Grace Parraga
PURPOSE: We generated lung morphometry measurements using single-breath diffusion-weighted MRI and three different acinar duct models in healthy participants and patients with emphysema stemming from chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD). METHODS: Single-breath-inhaled (3) He MRI with five diffusion sensitizations (b-value = 0, 1.6, 3.2, 4.8, and 6.4 s/cm(2) ) was used, and signal intensities were fit using a cylindrical and single-compartment acinar-duct model to estimate MRI-derived mean linear intercept (Lm ) and surface-to-volume ratio (S/V)...
February 15, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198157/a-review-of-the-antiviral-properties-of-black-elder-sambucus-nigra-l-products
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REVIEW
Randall S Porter, Robert F Bode
Black elder (Sambucus nigra L.) has a long ethnobotanical history across many disparate cultures as a treatment for viral infection and is currently one of the most-used medicinal plants worldwide. Until recently, however, substantial scientific research concerning its antiviral properties has been lacking. Here, we evaluate the state of current scientific research concerning the use of elderberry extract and related products as antivirals, particularly in the treatment of influenza, as well as their safety and health impacts as dietary supplements...
February 15, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194905/a-proinflammatory-secretome-mediates-the-impaired-immunopotency-of-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-in-elderly-patients-with-atherosclerosis
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Özge Kizilay Mancini, Maximilien Lora, Dominique Shum-Tim, Stephanie Nadeau, Francis Rodier, Inés Colmegna
Inflammation plays a pivotal role in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis (ATH). Due to their potent immunomodulatory properties, mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are evaluated as therapeutic tools in ATH and other chronic inflammatory disorders. Aging reduces MSCs immunopotency potentially limiting their therapeutic utility. The mechanisms that mediate the effect of age on MSCs immune-regulatory function remain elusive and are the focus of this study. Human adipose tissue-derived MSCs were isolated from patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery...
February 14, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194846/depression-and-medication-adherence-among-older-korean-patients-with-hypertension-mediating-role-of-self-efficacy
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Youn-Jung Son, Mi Hwa Won
Many studies have reported the negative effects of depression on adherence to antihypertensive medication. However, little is known about the mechanism underlying this relationship in elderly patients with hypertension. The aim of this cross-sectional study is to examine the mediating role of self-efficacy in the relationship between depression and medication adherence among older patients with hypertension. The data were collected from October to December 2014. A total of 255 older patients with hypertension were assessed using the Geriatric Depression Scale, the Self-efficacy for Appropriate Medication Use Scale, and the Morisky Medication Adherence Scale...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194534/the-impact-of-physician-level-drug-budgets-on-prescribing-behavior
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Katharina Elisabeth Fischer, Taika Koch, Karel Kostev, Tom Stargardt
To contain pharmaceutical spending, drug budgets have been introduced across health systems. Apart from analyzing whether drug budgets fulfill their overall goal of reducing spending, changes in the cost and quality of prescribing and the enforcement mechanisms put in place need evaluation to assess the effectiveness of drug budgets at the physician level. In this study, we aim to analyze the cost and quality of prescribing conditional on the level of utilization of the drug budget and in view of varying levels of enforcement in cases of overspending...
February 13, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191763/electrical-cell-substrate-impedance-spectroscopy-can-monitor-age-grouped-human-adipose-stem-cell-variability-during-osteogenic-differentiation
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Rachel C Nordberg, Jianlei Zhang, Emily H Griffith, Matthew W Frank, Binil Starly, Elizabeth G Loboa
Human adipose stem cells (hASCs) are an attractive cell source for bone tissue engineering applications. However, a critical issue to be addressed before widespread hASC clinical translation is the dramatic variability in proliferative capacity and osteogenic potential among hASCs isolated from different donors. The goal of this study was to test our hypothesis that electrical cell-substrate impedance spectroscopy (ECIS) could track complex bioimpedance patterns of hASCs throughout proliferation and osteogenic differentiation to better understand and predict variability among hASC populations...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191610/italian-intersociety-consensus-on-doac-use-in-internal-medicine
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Domenico Prisco, Walter Ageno, Cecilia Becattini, Armando D'Angelo, Giovanni Davì, Raimondo De Cristofaro, Francesco Dentali, Giovanni Di Minno, Anna Falanga, Gualberto Gussoni, Luca Masotti, Gualtiero Palareti, Pasquale Pignatelli, Roberto M Santi, Francesca Santilli, Mauro Silingardi, Antonella Tufano, Francesco Violi
The direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are drugs used in clinical practice since 2009 for the prevention of stroke or systemic embolism in non-valvular atrial fibrillation, and for the treatment and secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism. The four DOACs, including the three factor Xa inhibitors (rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban) and one direct thrombin inhibitor (dabigatran) provide oral anticoagulation therapy alternatives to Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). Despite their clear advantages, the DOACs require on the part of the internist a thorough knowledge of their pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic characteristics to ensure their correct use, laboratory monitoring and the appropriate management of adverse events...
February 13, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191540/hepatitis-c-in-cameroon-what-is-the-progress-from-2001-to-2016
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Borris Rosnay Tietcheu Galani, Richard Njouom, Paul Fewou Moundipa
Chronic hepatitis C is a major public health problem in sub-Saharan countries and particularly in Cameroon where the prevalence rate is around 7.6% in the age group of 55-59 years. Recent investigations into this infection allowed defining a national seroprevalence, characterizing virological and biological profiles of infected patients and identifying medicinal plants of potential interest in hepatitis C therapy. However, in Cameroon, no existing report currently presents a good overview of hepatitis C research in relation to these parameters...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Translational Internal Medicine
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/28180986/what-are-the-differences-in-injury-patterns-of-young-and-elderly-traffic-accident-fatalities-considering-death-on-scene-and-death-in-hospital
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Daniela Heinrich, Christopher Holzmann, Anja Wagner, Anja Fischer, Roman Pfeifer, Matthias Graw, Sylvia Schick
Older traffic participants have higher risks of injury than the population up to 65 years in case of comparable road traffic accidents and further, higher mortality rates at comparable injury severities. Rib fractures as risk factors are currently discussed. However, death on scene is associated with hardly survivable injuries and might not be a matter of neither rib fractures nor age. As 60% of traffic accident fatalities are estimated to die on scene, they are not captured in hospital-based trauma registries and injury patterns remain unknown...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179604/ability-of-community-pharmacists-to-promote-self-care-and-self-medication-by-local-residents-i-improvements-in-bone-mineral-density
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Yoshiko Wada, Yuko Wada, Satoko Ennyu, Ken-Ichi Shimokawa, Fumiyoshi Ishii
This study was conducted in order to establish a health management method for the elderly in a community through follow-ups of bone mineral density (BMD) measurement results over a 1-year period based on BMD measurements performed by pharmacists and a guidance program. Regarding BMD measurement results, the percent young adult mean (%YAM: mean BMD in healthy persons of the same sex aged between 51 and 82 years old) significantly increased in Period I, during which the intervention by pharmacists was performed (6 months after the start of measurements), but significantly decreased in Period II, during which this intervention was not performed (between 7 and 12 months after the start of measurements)...
February 8, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169841/time-sex-gender-history-and-dementia
#14
Walter A Rocca
A growing body of epidemiologic evidence indicates a decline in the incidence or prevalence of dementia in high income countries in the past 25 years. In this commentary, I first suggest that the decline in the incidence or prevalence of dementia is not explained completely by the factors considered so far, and that a broader historical perspective may be needed. Second, I suggest that the overall declining trend may conceal trends in opposite directions for the two major subtypes of dementia, the neurovascular and the neurodegenerative type...
February 6, 2017: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166779/assessing-the-impoverishing-effects-and-factors-associated-with-the-incidence-of-catastrophic-health-care-payments-in-kenya
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Edwine W Barasa, Thomas Maina, Nirmala Ravishankar
BACKGROUND: Monitoring the incidence and intensity of catastrophic health expenditure, as well as the impoverishing effects of out of pocket costs to access healthcare, is a key part of benchmarking Kenya's progress towards reducing the financial burden that households experience when accessing healthcare. METHODS: The study relies on data from the nationally-representative Kenya Household Expenditure and Utilization Survey conducted in 2013 (n =33,675). We undertook health equity analysis to estimate the incidence and intensity of catastrophic expenditure...
February 6, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164395/cognitive-ameliorating-effect-of-acanthopanax-koreanum-against-scopolamine-induced-memory-impairment-in-mice
#16
Sunhee Lee, Ho Jae Park, Se Jin Jeon, Eunji Kim, Hyung Eun Lee, Haneul Kim, Yubeen Kwon, Jiabao Zhang, In Ho Jung, Jong Hoon Ryu
Acanthopanax koreanum Nakai (Araliaceae) is one of the most widely cultivated medicinal plants in Jeju Island, Korea, and the roots and stem bark of A. koreanum have been traditionally used as a tonic agent for general weakness. However, the use of A. koreanum for general weakness observed in the elderly, including those with declined cognitive function, has not been intensively investigated. This study was performed to investigate the effect of the ethanol extract of A. koreanum (EEAK) on cholinergic blockade-induced memory impairment in mice...
February 6, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
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/28160253/physical-frailty-and-sarcopenia-pf-s-a-point-of-view-from-the-industry
#18
Susanna Del Signore, Ronenn Roubenoff
We have observed over the last 15 years a wide debate both in the medical scientific community and in the public health arena on the definition and operationalization of frailty, typically a geriatric condition, and in particular of physical frailty linked to sarcopenia. Because physical frailty in its initial phase can still be reversed, fighting sarcopenia in elderly persons has the potential to slow or halt progressive decline towards disability and dependency. Quite recently, regulators focused attention on frailty as an indicator of biological age to be measured to characterize elderly patients before their inclusion in clinical trials...
February 3, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156492/food-as-medicine-a-randomized-controlled-trial-rct-of-home-delivered-medically-tailored-meals-hdmtm-on-quality-of-life-qol-in-metastatic-lung-and-non-colorectal-gi-cancer-patients
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Raymond Mailhot Vega, Lisa Zullig, Alissa Wassung, Dorella Walters, Noah Berland, Kevin Lee Du, Jiyoung Ahn, Cynthia G Leichman, Deirdre Jill Cohen, Ping Gu, Abraham Chachoua, Lawrence P Leichman, Karen Pearl, Peter B Schiff
: 155 Background: Malnutrition incidence in cancer approaches 85%, disproportionately burdening those with lung, GI, and advanced stage cancers. Malnourished patients have impaired chemotherapy response, shorter survival, longer hospital stays, and decreased QoL. Home delivered meals are nutritional interventions that improve patient well-being, nutrition, and lower healthcare costs in the elderly but have not been studied as an intervention in cancer patients. HDMTM are nutritionist prescribed home delivered meals tailored to patient's symptoms, co-morbidities, and health needs...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155237/the-use-of-potentially-inappropriate-medications-among-the-lithuanian-elderly-according-to-beers-and-eu-7-pim-list-a-nationwide-cross-sectional-study-on-reimbursement-claims-data
#20
D Grina, V Briedis
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: The prevalence and risk factors for prescribing and using potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) has been extensively researched in Western Europe and the United States of America; however, research in Central and Eastern Europe remains highly limited. According to a recent systematic review, the overall estimated weighted prevalence of PIM prescribing in community-dwelling elderly in Europe (expressed as a percentage of patients or prescriptions with ≥1 PIM) was 22·6% (95% CI: 19·5%-26·7%)...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
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