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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217023/visual-impairment-as-an-independent-risk-factor-for-falls-in-hospitalized-patients
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Toshimitsu Kasuga, Fumiko Aruga, Koichi Ono, Yoshimune Hiratsuka, Akira Murakami
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between visual impairment and the risk of falls in hospitalized patients. DESIGN: Individually matched case-control study. METHODS: The medical records of patients who fell while hospitalized at Juntendo Tokyo Koto Geriatric Medical Center (JTKGMC) from January to December 2014 were reviewed retrospectively. Among them, 36 patients who were recorded as visiting the Ophthalmology Outpatient Clinic from 1 year before to 1 year after the fall were included as cases...
December 2017: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Canadien D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210840/conoscere-e-curare-il-cuore-1986-2016-how-the-heart-has-changed
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Alessandro Boccanelli
: The demographic transition, with longer life expectancy, is mainly due to prevention and care of atherosclerotic vascular and heart disease. The cardiovascular patient is now much older and often presents with coexisting geriatric syndromes that affect healthcare goals, outcomes, and the process of care. Numerous mechanisms at cellular level are responsible for cardiovascular aging such as replicative senescence, apoptosis, proteins misfolding, and inflammation. Aging-related modifications are increase in left-ventricular mass, increased left atrial size, myocardial collagen deposition, and calcium deposition in valvular structures and the coronary arteries...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202811/high-prevalence-of-prescription-of-psychotropic-drugs-for-older-patients-in-a-general-hospital
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Inken Arnold, Kati Straube, Wolfgang Himmel, Stephanie Heinemann, Vivien Weiss, Laura Heyden, Eva Hummers-Pradier, Roland Nau
BACKGROUND: Many elderly patients receive psychotropic drugs. Treatment with psychotropic agents is associated with serious side effects including an increased risk of falls and fractures. Several psychotropic drugs are considered potentially inappropriate for treatment of the elderly. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted covering all patients aged ≥ 65 years who were admitted to Evangelisches Krankenhaus Göttingen-Weende between 01/01/2013 and 03/31/2013...
December 4, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197959/fractures-frequently-occur-in-older-cancer-patients-the-md-anderson-cancer-center-experience
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Beatrice J Edwards, Ming Sun, Xiaotao Zhang, Holly M Holmes, Juhee Song, Peter Khalil, Meghan Karuturi, Jay B Shah, Colin P Dinney, Robert F Gagel, Vicente Valero, Richard E Champlin, Debasish Tripathy, William A Murphy
PURPOSE AND INTRODUCTION: A growing number of cancer patients are older adults aged 65 years and older. Patients with cancer are at increased risk for developing osteoporosis, falls, and fractures. We sought to identify the incidence of fractures in older adults who underwent cancer care between January 2013 and December 2015. METHODS: A comprehensive geriatric assessment was performed, and bone densitometry was measured at baseline, with a 2-year follow-up. RESULTS: In this study, among 304 patients with gastrointestinal, urologic, breast, lung, and gynecologic cancers we evaluated, and who completed the bone density testing (n = 199), 80% had osteoporosis or low bone mass (osteopenia)...
December 2, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193629/relationship-between-the-severity-of-cerebral-white-matter-hyperintensities-and-sympathetic-nervous-activity-in-older-adults
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Toshimasa Obara, Kumiko Nagai, Shigeki Shibata, Ai Hirasawa, Hitomi Koshiba, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Takae Ebihara, Koichi Kozaki
AIM: White matter hyperintensities (WMH), visualized on brain magnetic resonance imaging, represent an abnormality related to the development of geriatric syndromes. Recently, it has been found that low sympathetic nervous activity might be associated with physical and cognitive dysfunction in older adults. Therefore, we investigated the relationship between the severity of cerebral WMH and sympathetic nervous activity, measured by the heart rate variability. METHODS: We carried out a cross-sectional study of 39 older patients...
November 28, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154774/recommendations-for-care-of-geriatric-maxillofacial-trauma-patients-following-a-retrospective-10-year-multicenter-review
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Robert Shumate, Jason Portnof, Melissa Amundson, Eric Dierks, Robert Batdorf, Patrick Hardigan
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to analyze maxillofacial trauma sustained by patients at least 75 years old. With the injury patterns identified, treatment recommendations for the contemporary oral and maxillofacial surgeon are made. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study was a retrospective case series using data from 2 level 1 trauma centers. The variables of interest included age at traumatic event, gender, mechanism of trauma, concomitant injuries, radiographic studies performed, management of maxillofacial injuries, and disposition...
October 26, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151307/quality-of-life-and-fall-risk-in-frail-hospitalized-elderly-patients
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Zeynel Abidin Öztürk, Sedat Özdemir, İbrahim Halil Türkbeyler, Zeynep Demir
Background/aim: Frailty is a complex, multifactorial, and important geriatric syndrome characterized by decline in physiological reserves and functional deficiency in multiple systems. The aim of the current study is to investigate the prevalence of frailty and to determine the correlation between quality of life (QoL) and falling risk in geriatric hospitalized patients. Materials and methods: A total of 420 patients, aged 65 years and above, were enrolled in the study. All participants were hospitalized at a university hospital in the internal medicine clinics...
November 13, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132658/-elderly-hospitalised-people-and-walking-capacities
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Camille Castel, Pascale Lescure, Gilles Loggia, Rémi Morello, Rémi De Mil, Guillaume Saint-Lorant
Falls in the elderly are frequent. A study carried out over 6 months in a university hospital's acute geriatric unit highlighted the real walking capacities of hospitalised elderly people. It also changed the perception of caregivers, doctors and nurses with regard to the real physical aptitudes of these patients enabling the risk of falls to be reduced in preparation for their return home or to a residential care home.
November 2017: Soins. Gérontologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132657/-assessment-to-carry-out-with-a-patient-who-has-suffered-a-fall
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Cyril Sellier
A fall in an elderly person can lead to severe complications. It is a serious event which must not be minimised in any way and which must serve as a warning signal for the caregiver. The exploration of the factors involved requires a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of the patient. A complete assessment coordinated by a geriatric doctor is recommended.
November 2017: Soins. Gérontologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132579/the-tragically-hip-trauma-in-elderly-patients
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REVIEW
Katrin Hruska, Toralph Ruge
Old age is a risk factor for poor outcome in trauma patients, as a result of undertriage and the presence of occult life-threatening injuries. The mechanisms of injury for geriatric trauma differ from those in younger patients, with a much higher incidence of low-impact trauma, especially falls from a low height. Frailty is a risk factor for severe injury after minor trauma, and caring for these patients require a multidisciplinary team with both trauma and geriatric expertise. With early recognition and aggressive management, severe injuries can still be associated with good outcomes, even in very elderly patients...
February 2018: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129217/screening-for-geriatric-syndromes-falls-urinary-fecal-incontinence-and-osteoporosis
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REVIEW
Erin M Smith, Amit A Shah
The geriatric syndromes of falls, incontinence, and osteoporosis are concerns in older adults because of their potential impact on quality of life. Asking about history of falls or a fear of falling should prompt a multifactorial assessment of fall risk and targeted interventions to reduce falls. Urinary and fecal incontinence should be screened because they are common conditions that are underreported due to embarrassment and general perception that incontinence is a normal part of aging. Women over age 65, men over age 70, and younger patients with high-risk characteristics should be screened with bone mineral density testing with dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry...
February 2018: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125861/identification-of-hospitalized-elderly-patients-at-risk-for-adverse-in-hospital-outcomes-in-a-university-orthopedics-and-trauma-surgery-environment
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Janine Gronewold, Christian Dahlmann, Marcus Jäger, Dirk M Hermann
BACKGROUND: As a consequence of demographic changes, hospitals are confronted with increasing numbers of elderly patients, who are at high risk of adverse events during hospitalization. Geriatric risk screening followed by comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) and treatment has been requested by geriatric societies and task forces to identify patients at risk. Since empirical evidence on factors predisposing to adverse hospital events is scarce, we now prospectively evaluated implications of geriatric risk screening followed by CGA in a university hospital department of orthopedics and trauma surgery...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114830/comparisons-of-interventions-for-preventing-falls-in-older-adults-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Andrea C Tricco, Sonia M Thomas, Areti Angeliki Veroniki, Jemila S Hamid, Elise Cogo, Lisa Strifler, Paul A Khan, Reid Robson, Kathryn M Sibley, Heather MacDonald, John J Riva, Kednapa Thavorn, Charlotte Wilson, Jayna Holroyd-Leduc, Gillian D Kerr, Fabio Feldman, Sumit R Majumdar, Susan B Jaglal, Wing Hui, Sharon E Straus
Importance: Falls result in substantial burden for patients and health care systems, and given the aging of the population worldwide, the incidence of falls continues to rise. Objective: To assess the potential effectiveness of interventions for preventing falls. Data Sources: MEDLINE, Embase, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Ageline databases from inception until April 2017. Reference lists of included studies were scanned...
November 7, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101922/osteosarcopenia-a-new-geriatric-syndrome
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Ebrahim Bani Hassan, Gustavo Duque
BACKGROUND: Longevity, the increase in the ageing population and a lifestyle of minimal physical activity come with a hefty price. Consequently, two diseases are increasingly becoming a concern for the welfare of patients and the health industry: osteoporosis and sarcopenia. These conditions are usually interrelated through several mechanisms and metabolic pathways, and comprise a syndrome called osteosarcopenia. OBJECTIVE: As patients with osteosarcopenia represent an important subset of frail individuals at higher risk of institutionalisation, falls and fractures, the aim of this review is to further familiarise general practitioners with osteosarcopenia as a new geriatric syndrome that requires early diagnosis and effective therapeutic interventions...
November 2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100833/isolated-orbital-fractures-are-severe-among-geriatric-patients
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Miika Toivari, Anna Liisa Suominen, Satu Apajalahti, Christian Lindqvist, Johanna Snäll, Hanna Thorén
PURPOSE: The purpose of the present study was to clarify the reasons for, types of, and degree of involvement of the orbital wall and the severity of orbital fractures in geriatric patients and to compare the differences between geriatric and younger adult patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective case-control study of geriatric patients aged at least 65 years (n = 72) and younger controls aged 20 to 50 years (n = 58) with a diagnosis of a unilateral isolated orbital fracture was designed and implemented...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100824/the-25-question-geriatric-locomotive-function-scale-predicts-the-risk-of-recurrent-falls-in-postoperative-patients-with-cervical-myelopathy
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Atsushi Kimura, Katsushi Takeshita, Hirokazu Inoue, Atsushi Seichi, Yosuke Kawasaki, Toshitaka Yoshii, Hiroyuki Inose, Takeo Furuya, Kazuhiro Takeuchi, Shunji Matsunaga, Shoji Seki, Mikito Tsushima, Shiro Imagama, Masao Koda, Masashi Yamazaki, Kanji Mori, Hirosuke Nishimura, Kenji Endo, Kei Yamada, Kimiaki Sato, Atsushi Okawa
BACKGROUND: Fall-induced injuries represent a major public health concern for older individuals. The relationship between risk of falling and the severity of locomotive syndrome (LS) remains largely unknown. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of patients who had undergone surgery from January 2012 to December 2013 and completed at least 1 year of follow-up at 12 participating institutes. Patients completed a questionnaire survey regarding their fall experience during a routine postoperative follow-up...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094499/emergency-medicine-in-the-extreme-geriatric-era-a-retrospective-analysis-of-patients-aged-in-their-mid-90s-and-older-in-the-emergency-department
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Martin Müller, Meret E Ricklin, Stefan Weiler, Aristomenis K Exadaktylos, Spyridon Arampatzis
AIM: In the coming years, older individuals will comprise an increasing share of emergency department (ED) admissions, due to the unprecedented and continuing demographic changes. The primary aim of the present study was to identify causes and risk factors for ED admission and hospitalizations in the oldest old. METHODS: We analyzed data of consecutive patients aged in their mid 90s and older (aged ≥94 years) admitted to the ED department of the University Hospital of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, between 2000 and 2010...
November 2, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091930/self-administered-vitamin-d-status-predictor-older-adults-are-able-to-use-a-self-questionnaire-for-evaluating-their-vitamin-d-status
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Cedric Annweiler, Anastasiia Kabeshova, Alix Callens, Marie-Liesse Paty, Guillaume T Duval, Michael F Holick
BACKGROUND: The 16-item Vitamin D Status Predictor (VDSP) questionnaire helps to identify, without resorting to a blood test, older adults with low vitamin D concentrations. Our objective was to determine whether a self-administered VDSP was concordant with the VDSP administered by a physician, and to examine the concordance of every single item of the VDSP. METHODS: A total of 349 older in- and outpatients (mean, 83.2±7.2years; 59% female) were consecutively recruited in the geriatric ward of the University Hospital of Angers, France...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084051/ten-year-incidence-of-high-energy-geriatric-trauma-at-a-level-1-trauma-center
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Jason A Lowe, Jeffrey Pearson, Michael Leslie, Russell Griffin
OBJECTIVES: To examine the characteristics of high-energy geriatric trauma over time. DESIGN: Retrospective chart review SETTING:: Level 1 trauma Center PATIENTS:: Demographic, injury, and clinical characteristics were compared between 34,017 geriatric and non-geriatric high energy trauma patients from 2005-2014 using t-test, chi-square analysis and negative binomial regression for annual trend in injuries. RESULTS: High-energy geriatric trauma comprised 11...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070036/comparing-clinician-descriptions-of-frailty-and-geriatric-syndromes-using-electronic-health-records-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Laura J Anzaldi, Ashwini Davison, Cynthia M Boyd, Bruce Leff, Hadi Kharrazi
BACKGROUND: Geriatric syndromes, including frailty, are common in older adults and associated with adverse outcomes. We compared patients described in clinical notes as "frail" to other older adults with respect to geriatric syndrome burden and healthcare utilization. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study on 18,341 Medicare Advantage enrollees aged 65+ (members of a large nonprofit medical group in Massachusetts), analyzing up to three years of administrative claims and structured and unstructured electronic health record (EHR) data...
October 25, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
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