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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905918/decomposing-socioeconomic-inequalities-in-depressive-symptoms-among-the-elderly-in-china
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Yongjian Xu, Jinjuan Yang, Jianmin Gao, Zhongliang Zhou, Tao Zhang, Jianping Ren, Yanli Li, Yuyan Qian, Sha Lai, Gang Chen
BACKGROUND: Accelerated population ageing brings about unprecedented challenges to the health system in China. This study aimed to measure the prevalence and the income-related inequality of depressive symptoms, and also identify the determinants of depressive symptom inequality among the elderly in China. METHODS: Data were drawn from the second wave of the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS). Depressive symptoms were assessed with a 10-item Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D), which was preselected in CHARLS...
December 1, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905902/understanding-the-value-of-social-networks-in-life-satisfaction-of-elderly-people-a-comparative-study-of-16-european-countries-using-share-data
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Florian Tomini, Sonila M Tomini, Wim Groot
BACKGROUND: Networks of family and friends are a source of support and are generally associated with higher life satisfaction values among older adults. On the other hand, older adults who are satisfied with their life may be more able to develop and maintain a wider social network. For this reason, the causal link between size and composition of the social networks and satisfaction with life is yet to be explored. This paper investigates the effect of the 'size', (number of family and friends, and network) and the 'composition' (the proportion of friends over total number of persons) of the social network on life satisfaction among older adults (50+)...
December 1, 2016: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904656/the-berlin-treatment-algorithm-recommendations-for-tailored-innovative-therapeutic-strategies-for-multiple-sclerosis-related-fatigue
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REVIEW
Christian Veauthier, Helge Hasselmann, Stefan M Gold, Friedemann Paul
More than 80% of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients suffer from fatigue. Despite this, there are few therapeutic options and evidence-based pharmacological treatments are lacking. The associated societal burden is substantial (MS fatigue is a major reason for part-time employment or early retirement), and at least one out of four MS patients view fatigue as the most burdensome symptom of their disease. The mechanisms underlying MS-related fatigue are poorly understood, and objective criteria for distinguishing and evaluating levels of fatigue and tiredness have not yet been developed...
2016: EPMA Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902693/the-long-term-benefits-of-increased-aspirin-use-by-at-risk-americans-aged-50-and-older
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David B Agus, Étienne Gaudette, Dana P Goldman, Andrew Messali
BACKGROUND: The usefulness of aspirin to defend against cardiovascular disease in both primary and secondary settings is well recognized by the medical profession. Multiple studies also have found that daily aspirin significantly reduces cancer incidence and mortality. Despite these proven health benefits, aspirin use remains low among populations targeted by cardiovascular prevention guidelines. This article seeks to determine the long-term economic and population-health impact of broader use of aspirin by older Americans at higher risk for cardiovascular disease...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900902/working-together
#5
Louise Hunt
Dubbed the 'retirement capital' of the UK, Christchurch in Dorset has one of the largest concentrations of older people in the country, with one in three of its 50,000 residents aged over 65.
November 30, 2016: Nursing Older People
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898291/retiring-baby-boomers-enabling-and-valuing-continuing-engagement-in-nursing
#6
Jan Maree Sayers, Michelle Cleary
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896978/development-and-performance-of-text-mining-algorithms-to-extract-socioeconomic-status-from-de-identified-electronic-health-records
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Brittany M Hollister, Nicole A Restrepo, Eric Farber-Eger, Dana C Crawford, Melinda C Aldrich, Amy Non
Socioeconomic status (SES) is a fundamental contributor to health, and a key factor underlying racial disparities in disease. However, SES data are rarely included in genetic studies due in part to the difficultly of collecting these data when studies were not originally designed for that purpose. The emergence of large clinic-based biobanks linked to electronic health records (EHRs) provides research access to large patient populations with longitudinal phenotype data captured in structured fields as billing codes, procedure codes, and prescriptions...
2016: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894565/validating-a-summary-measure-of-weight-history-for-modeling-the-health-consequences-of-obesity
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Andrew Stokes, Yu Ni
PURPOSE: Data on weight history may enhance the predictive validity of epidemiologic models of the health risks of obesity, but collecting such data is often not feasible. In this study, we investigate the validity of a summary measure of weight history. METHODS: We evaluated the quality of reporting of maximum weight in a sample of adults aged 50-84 years using data from the Health and Retirement Study. Recalled max body mass index (BMI, measured in kilogram per square meter) based on recalled weight in 2004 was compared with calculated max BMI based on self-reported weight collected biennially between 1992 and 2004...
December 2016: Annals of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894296/relationship-between-body-mass-index-and-depressive-symptoms-the-fat-and-jolly-hypothesis-for-the-middle-aged-and-elderly-in-china
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Lin Zhang, Kun Liu, Hong Li, Dan Li, Zhuo Chen, Li-Li Zhang, Lei-Lei Guo
BACKGROUND: Obesity has been identified as a worldwide epidemic. In China, the highest prevalence of obesity is observed in adults aged ≥45 years old. This study aimed to describe the association between BMI and depressive symptoms among a large representative sample of middle-aged and elderly in China. METHOD: A longitudinal sample of the middle-aged and elderly (6,224 males and 6,883 females) who were interviewed in the 2011 China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study was used...
November 29, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894258/multidimensional-construct-of-life-satisfaction-in-older-adults-in-korea-a-six-year-follow-up-study
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Hyun Ja Lim, Dae Kee Min, Lilian Thorpe, Chel Hee Lee
BACKGROUND: Aging raises wide-ranging issues within social, economic, welfare, and health care systems. Life satisfaction (LS) is regarded as an indicator of quality of life which, in turn, is associated with mortality and morbidity in older adults. The objective of this study was to identify the relevant predictors of life satisfaction and to investigate changes in a multidimensional construct of LS over time. METHODS: This analysis utilized data from the large-scale, nationally representative Korean Retirement and Income Study (KReIS), a longitudinal survey conducted biennially from 2005 to 2011...
November 28, 2016: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893953/leveraging-telehealth-to-bring-volunteer-physicians-into-underserved-communities
#11
Lori Uscher-Pines, Robert Rudin, Ateev Mehrotra
Many disadvantaged communities lack sufficient numbers of local primary care and specialty physicians. Yet tens of thousands of physicians, in particular those who are retired or semiretired, desire meaningful volunteer opportunities. Multiple programs have begun to use telehealth to bridge the gap between volunteer physicians and underserved patients. In this brief, we describe programs that are using this model and discuss the promise and pitfalls. Physician volunteers in these programs report that the work can be fulfilling and exciting, a cutting-edge yet convenient way to remain engaged and contribute...
November 28, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893897/imaging-of-glial-cell-activation-and-white-matter-integrity-in-brains-of-active-and-recently-retired-national-football-league-players
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Jennifer M Coughlin, Yuchuan Wang, Il Minn, Nicholas Bienko, Emily B Ambinder, Xin Xu, Matthew E Peters, John W Dougherty, Melin Vranesic, Soo Min Koo, Hye-Hyun Ahn, Merton Lee, Chris Cottrell, Haris I Sair, Akira Sawa, Cynthia A Munro, Christopher J Nowinski, Robert F Dannals, Constantine G Lyketsos, Michael Kassiou, Gwenn Smith, Brian Caffo, Susumu Mori, Tomas R Guilarte, Martin G Pomper
Importance: Microglia, the resident immune cells of the central nervous system, play an important role in the brain's response to injury and neurodegenerative processes. It has been proposed that prolonged microglial activation occurs after single and repeated traumatic brain injury, possibly through sports-related concussive and subconcussive injuries. Limited in vivo brain imaging studies months to years after individuals experience a single moderate to severe traumatic brain injury suggest widespread persistent microglial activation, but there has been little study of persistent glial cell activity in brains of athletes with sports-related traumatic brain injury...
November 28, 2016: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893041/a-comparison-of-the-prevalence-of-dementia-in-the-united-states-in-2000-and-2012
#13
Kenneth M Langa, Eric B Larson, Eileen M Crimmins, Jessica D Faul, Deborah A Levine, Mohammed U Kabeto, David R Weir
Importance: The aging of the US population is expected to lead to a large increase in the number of adults with dementia, but some recent studies in the United States and other high-income countries suggest that the age-specific risk of dementia may have declined over the past 25 years. Clarifying current and future population trends in dementia prevalence and risk has important implications for patients, families, and government programs. Objective: To compare the prevalence of dementia in the United States in 2000 and 2012...
November 21, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893028/out-of-pocket-spending-and-financial-burden-among-medicare-beneficiaries-with-cancer
#14
Amol K Narang, Lauren Hersch Nicholas
Importance: Medicare beneficiaries with cancer are at risk for financial hardship given increasingly expensive cancer care and significant cost sharing by beneficiaries. Objectives: To measure out-of-pocket (OOP) costs incurred by Medicare beneficiaries with cancer and identify which factors and services contribute to high OOP costs. Design, Setting, and Participants: We prospectively collected survey data from 18 166 community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries, including 1409 individuals who were diagnosed with cancer during the study period, who participated in the January 1, 2002, to December 31, 2012, waves of the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative panel study of US residents older than 50 years...
November 23, 2016: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888091/patient-and-clinical-characteristics-that-heighten-risk-for-heart-failure-readmission
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Chad Bradford, Bijal M Shah, Patricia Shane, Nicole Wachi, Kamalpreet Sahota
BACKGROUND: Within 30 days of hospital discharge, heart failure (HF) readmission rates nationally accumulate to more than 20%. Due to this high rate of unplanned re-hospitalization, predictive models are needed to identify patients who pose the highest readmission risk. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnosis and timing and to identify patient and clinical characteristics associated with 30 day readmissions among HF patients. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of electronic health records was conducted to study HF admissions during the period October 2008 to November 2014...
November 10, 2016: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886867/is-it-time-to-retire-santa-claus
#16
EDITORIAL
John E Morley, Amanda Taylor
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879298/withdrawals-and-retirements-in-professional-tennis-players-an-analysis-of-2013-united-states-tennis-association-pro-circuit-tournaments
#17
Matthew J Hartwell, Sandra M Fong, Alexis C Colvin
BACKGROUND: Injuries and illnesses for professional tennis athletes disrupt training, competition, and progression in the sport and represent a major reason for athlete withdrawal or retirement from a tournament. Few descriptive epidemiological studies have focused on these trends in elite tennis athletes. PURPOSE: To examine the causes of professional tennis player withdrawal or retirement from United States Tennis Association (USTA) Pro Circuit tournaments during 2013...
November 22, 2016: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879290/the-moderating-influences-of-retirement-transition-age-and-gender-on-daily-stressors-and-psychological-distress
#18
Jen D Wong, Yetty Shobo
This study investigated the influences of retirement transition, age, and gender on aspects of daily experiences in adults (aged 50-75 years) who stayed working (n = 138) and who transitioned into retirement (n = 72). Data derived from the first and second waves of the Daily Diary Study of the National Survey of Midlife in the United States. Participants completed telephone interviews about their experiences across eight consecutive days. Findings showed a significant interaction effect of retirement transition and age on daily stressors...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Aging & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878715/prescription-drug-coverage-and-chronic-pain
#19
Padmaja Ayyagari
Chronic pain is one of the most common chronic conditions affecting more than 50 % of older adults. While pain management can be quite complex, prescription drugs are the most commonly used treatment modality. In this study, I examine whether increased access to prescription drugs due to the introduction of the Medicare Part D program in 2006 led to better management of pain among the elderly. While prior work has identified increases in the utilization of analgesics due to the introduction of Medicare Part D, the extent to which this increase in drug use actually improved the well-being of older adults is not known...
June 2016: Int J Health Econ Manag
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878688/outpatient-visits-after-retirement-in-europe-and-the-us
#20
Anikó Bíró
I conduct an empirical analysis of the relation between retirement and outpatient care use in Europe and the US, and investigate the potential driving factors of that. I link the empirical analysis to a theoretical model of medical care demand. I document that pensioners tend to visit a doctor with higher probability and more often than the rest of the 50+ population. Ceteris paribus, being retired implies 3-10 % more outpatient visits in Europe. The estimates are of similar magnitude in the US. The paper contributes to the understanding of how population ageing plays a part in the rising health care expenditures...
December 2016: Int J Health Econ Manag
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