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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441324/designing-fit-for-purpose-health-and-social-services-for-ageing-populations
#1
Jean Woo
Population ageing is occurring in all countries, regardless of the level of economic development. While the rising burden of chronic diseases and disabilities as a consequence of this demographic transition is well recognized, the increasing prevalence of geriatric syndromes as a public health issue is not as well recognized. Recently the World Health Organization's World Health and Ageing Report emphasized functional ability as an important outcome for aging populations, highlighting the concept of raising intrinsic capacity throughout the life course...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441309/trends-complications-and-costs-for-hospital-admission-and-surgery-for-lumbar-spinal-stenosis
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Gustavo C Machado, Chris G Maher, Paulo H Ferreira, Ian A Harris, Richard A Deyo, Damien McKay, Qiang Li, Manuela L Ferreira
STUDY DESIGN: Population based health record linkage study. OBJECTIVE: To determine trends in hospital admissions and surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis, as well as complications and resource use in Australia. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: In the United States, rates of decompression surgery have declined, whereas those of fusion have increased. It is unclear whether this trend is also happening elsewhere. METHODS: We included patients 18 years and older admitted to a hospital in New South Wales between 2003-2013, who were diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis...
April 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440036/a-tale-of-two-countries-all-cause-mortality-among-people-living-with-hiv-and-receiving-combination-antiretroviral-therapy-in-the-uk-and-canada
#3
S Patterson, S Jose, H Samji, A Cescon, E Ding, J Zhu, J Anderson, A N Burchell, C Cooper, T Hill, M Hull, M B Klein, M Loutfy, F Martin, N Machouf, Jsg Montaner, M Nelson, J Raboud, S B Rourke, C Tsoukas, R S Hogg, C Sabin
OBJECTIVES: We sought to compare all-cause mortality of people living with HIV and accessing care in Canada and the UK. METHODS: Individuals from the Canadian Observational Cohort (CANOC) collaboration and UK Collaborative HIV Cohort (UK CHIC) study who were aged ≥ 18 years, had initiated antiretroviral therapy (ART) for the first time between 2000 and 2012 and who had acquired HIV through sexual transmission were included in the analysis. Cox regression was used to investigate the difference in mortality risk between the two cohort collaborations, accounting for loss to follow-up as a competing risk...
April 24, 2017: HIV Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439716/antipsychotic-prescribing-to-patients-diagnosed-with-dementia-without-a-diagnosis-of-psychosis-in-the-context-of-national-guidance-and-drug-safety-warnings-longitudinal-study-in-uk-general-practice
#4
S Jill Stocks, Evangelos Kontopantelis, Roger T Webb, Anthony J Avery, Alistair Burns, Darren M Ashcroft
INTRODUCTION: Policy interventions to address inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to older people diagnosed with dementia are commonplace. In the UK, warnings were issued by the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency in 2004, 2009 and 2012 and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance was published in 2006. It is important to evaluate the impact of such interventions. METHODS: We analysed routinely collected primary-care data from 111,346 patients attending one of 689 general practices contributing to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink to describe the temporal changes in the prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to patients aged 65 years or over diagnosed with dementia without a concomitant psychosis diagnosis from 2001 to 2014 using an interrupted time series and a before-and-after design...
April 24, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439503/circulating-cell-free-nucleic-acids-as-potential-biomarkers-for-sarcopenia-a-step-toward-personalized-medicine
#5
EDITORIAL
Gita Shafiee, Ramin Heshmat, Bagher Larijani
Sarcopenia is an age-related loss of muscle mass and function, leading to disability, morbidity and increased mortality in older people. Given the relatively high prevalence and related- outcome of the disease, correct diagnosis, screening, monitoring and treatment of sarcopenia are needed in clinical practice. Recent researches have focused on cell-free nucleic acids, which are released into the circulation following cell death, as a potential biomarker of aging and systematic inflammation. It seems that the diagnosis and treatment of sarcopenia can be possible by the help of the analysis of cell-free nucleic acids as noninvasive method...
2017: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439398/a-practical-approach-to-the-pharmacological-management-of-hypertension-in-older-people
#6
REVIEW
Nikesh Parekh, Amy Page, Khalid Ali, Kevin Davies, Chakravarthi Rajkumar
Hypertension is the leading cause of cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality in adults over the age of 65. The first part of this paper is an overview, summarizing the current guidelines on the pharmacological management of hypertension in older adults in Europe and the USA, and evidence from key trials that contributed to the guidelines. In the second part of the paper, we will discuss the major challenges of managing hypertension in the context of multimorbidity, including frailty, orthostatic hypotension (OH), falls and cognitive impairment that are associated with ageing...
April 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439188/next-generation-sequencing-reveals-high-prevalence-of-brca1-and-brca2-variants-of-unknown-significance-in-early-onset-breast-cancer-in-african-american-women
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Luisel Ricks-Santi, J Tyson McDonald, Bert Gold, Michael Dean, Nicole Thompson, Muneer Abbas, Bradford Wilson, Yasmine Kanaan, Tammey J Naab, Georgia Dunston
BACKGROUND: Variants of unknown significance (VUSs) have been identified in BRCA1 and BRCA2 and account for the majority of all identified sequence alterations. Notably, VUSs occur disproportionately in people of African descent hampering breast cancer (BCa) management and prevention efforts in the population. Our study sought to identify and characterize mutations associated with increased risk of BCa at young age. METHODS: In our study, the spectrum of mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 was enumerated in a cohort of 31 African American women of early age at onset breast cancer, with a family history of breast or cancer in general and/or with triple negative breast cancer...
2017: Ethnicity & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439103/brain-age-predicts-mortality
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J H Cole, S J Ritchie, M E Bastin, M C Valdés Hernández, S Muñoz Maniega, N Royle, J Corley, A Pattie, S E Harris, Q Zhang, N R Wray, P Redmond, R E Marioni, J M Starr, S R Cox, J M Wardlaw, D J Sharp, I J Deary
Age-associated disease and disability are placing a growing burden on society. However, ageing does not affect people uniformly. Hence, markers of the underlying biological ageing process are needed to help identify people at increased risk of age-associated physical and cognitive impairments and ultimately, death. Here, we present such a biomarker, 'brain-predicted age', derived using structural neuroimaging. Brain-predicted age was calculated using machine-learning analysis, trained on neuroimaging data from a large healthy reference sample (N=2001), then tested in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 (N=669), to determine relationships with age-associated functional measures and mortality...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438416/the-epidemiology-of-open-globe-injuries-presenting-to-a-tertiary-referral-eye-hospital-in-australia
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Nader Beshay, Lisa Keay, Hamish Dunn, Tengku A Kamalden, Annette K Hoskin, Stephanie L Watson
BACKGROUND: Open globe injuries (OGIs) account for 44% of the cost of ocular trauma within Australia. It is estimated that 90% of ocular trauma is preventable. However, there have been few epidemiological studies within Australia that have identified groups at risk of OGIs specifically. The aim of our study was to review the epidemiology of OGIs presenting to a tertiary referral eye hospital in Australia. METHODS: The Birmingham Eye Trauma Terminology (BETT) system was used to classify injuries as globe ruptures, penetrating eye injuries (PEIs), intraocular foreign bodies (IOFBs) or perforating injuries...
April 18, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437570/self-acupressure-for-older-adults-with-symptomatic-knee-osteoarthritis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#10
Lydia W Li, Richard E Harris, Alex Tsodikov, Laura Struble, Susan L Murphy ScD
OBJECTIVES: This double-blind RCT aimed to test the efficacy of self-administered acupressure for pain and physical function improvement for older adults with knee osteoarthritis (KOA). METHODS: Community-living adults with symptomatic KOA (N=150; mean age=73) participated and were randomized to verum acupressure, sham acupressure, or usual care. Verum and sham, but not usual care, participants were taught to self-apply acupressure once daily, five days/week for eight weeks...
April 24, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436726/impact-of-physical-activity-on-the-association-of-overweight-and-obesity-with-cardiovascular-disease-the-rotterdam-study
#11
Chantal M Koolhaas, Klodian Dhana, Josje D Schoufour, M Arfan Ikram, Maryam Kavousi, Oscar H Franco
Background Being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Physical activity might reduce the risk associated with overweight and obesity. We examined the association between overweight and obesity and CVD risk as a function of physical activity levels in a middle-aged and elderly population. Design The study was a prospective cohort study. Methods The study included 5344 participants aged 55 years or older from the population-based Rotterdam Study. Participants were classified as having high or low physical activity based on the median of the population...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436278/glaucoma-correlates-with-increased-risk-of-parkinson-s-disease-in-the-elderly-a-national-based-cohort-study-in-taiwan
#12
Shih-Wei Lai, Cheng-Li Lin, Kuan-Fu Liao
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Very little is known about the association between glaucoma and Parkinson's disease in the elderly. The objective of this study was to determine whether glaucoma is associated with Parkinson's disease in older people in Taiwan. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to analyze the Taiwan National Health Insurance Program database from 2000 to 2010. We included 4,330 subjects aged 65 years or older with newly diagnosed glaucoma as the glaucoma group, and 17,000 randomly selected subjects without a glaucoma diagnosis as the non-glaucoma group...
April 22, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436212/cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-epidemiological-studies-of-internet-gaming-disorder-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Satoko Mihara, Susumu Higuchi
AIM: The diagnostic criteria of Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) have been included in section III of DSM-5. This study aims to systematically review both cross-sectional and longitudinal epidemiological studies of IGD. METHODS: All publications included in PubMed and PsychINFO up to May 2016 were systematically searched to identify cross-sectional studies on prevalence and longitudinal studies of IGD. In the process of identification, articles in non-English languages, and studies focusing solely on the use of gaming were excluded, and those meeting the methodological requirements set by this review were included...
April 24, 2017: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436194/impact-of-living-arrangements-on-clinical-outcomes-among-older-patients-with-dementia-or-cognitive-impairment-admitted-to-the-geriatric-evaluation-and-management-unit-in-taiwan
#14
Cheng-Hao Hung, Ting-Ching Tang, Chih-Jen Wang, Li-Kuo Liu, Li-Ning Peng, Liang-Kung Chen
AIM: To evaluate the impact of living arrangements on mortality and functional decline among older patients with dementia or cognitive impairment after discharge from a geriatric evaluation and management unit (GEMU) in Taiwan. METHODS: The present retrospective cohort study used data from the Veteran Affairs Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment from January 2015 to May 2016 for analysis. Data of patients aged 65 years and older with dementia or cognitive impairment at admission to the GEMU of Taipei Veterans General Hospital during the study period were retried for study...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436192/predictors-of-non-pharmacological-intervention-effect-on-cognitive-function-and-behavioral-and-psychological-symptoms-of-older-people-with-dementia
#15
Ting-Jung Hsu, Hui-Te Tsai, An-Chun Hwang, Liang-Yu Chen, Liang-Kung Chen
AIM: Our previous work showed that non-pharmacological interventions could effectively reduce the severity of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), while the factors influencing the effect of intervention were less explored. Therefore, the main purpose of the present study was to investigate the predictors of the non-pharmacological intervention effect for old veterans with dementia and BPSD. METHODS: A total of 141 old veterans with dementia living in two veterans' homes in northern Taiwan were recruited...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436189/medication-appropriateness-for-patients-with-dementia-approaching-the-end-of-their-life
#16
Hsien-Yeh Chuang, Yu-Wen Wen, Liang-Kung Chen, Fei-Yuan Hsiao
AIM: To examine medication use among patients with dementia towards the end of their life and to evaluate the appropriateness of medication use by using a nationwide database. METHODS: Using Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database, we identified 6532 people with dementia that died between 2008 and 2012. For each person with dementia, data of medication use in the last month of outpatient setting (vs -12th month [baseline]) and last hospitalization (vs -3rd hospitalization [baseline]) before death were retrieved for study...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436187/slow-gait-speed-as-a-predictor-of-1-year-cognitive-decline-in-a-veterans-retirement-community-in-southern-taiwan
#17
Chiao-Lin Hsu, Chih-Kuang Liang, Mei-Chen Liao, Ming-Yueh Chou, Yu-Te Lin
AIM: Slow gait speed has been associated with mortality, poor physical function and disability in older people. Our aim was to evaluate the association between slow gait speed and rapid cognitive decline among oldest-old men in Taiwan. METHODS: We carried out a longitudinal cohort study in a veterans' retirement community, and enrolled 249 male residents aged 80 years and older. Slow gait speed was defined as <1 m/s, and rapid cognitive decline was defined as a Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) decline of ≥3 points over 1 year...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436186/protective-factors-against-cognitive-decline-among-community-dwelling-middle-aged-and-older-people-in-taiwan-a-6-year-national-population-based-study
#18
Wei-Ju Lee, Chih-Kuang Liang, Li-Ning Peng, Shu-Ti Chiou, Liang-Kung Chen
AIM: Dementia and cognitive impairment are important public health challenges to a rapidly aging country. The present study aimed to explore the protective factors against cognitive decline among community-dwelling middle-aged and older people from health, social, and lifestyle perspectives. METHODS: Data of the Social Environment and Biomarkers of Aging Study, a population-based cohort study in Taiwan, were retrieved for the study. Overall, 676 participants with intact baseline cognitive function (measured by the Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire) were enrolled and followed for six years...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436184/delaying-cognitive-and-physical-decline-through-multidomain-interventions-for-residents-with-mild-to-moderate-dementia-in-dementia-care-units-in-taiwan-a-prospective-cohort-study
#19
Chih-Kuang Liang, Ming-Yueh Chou, Liang-Yu Chen, Kuei-Yu Wang, Shih-Yi Lin, Liang-Kung Chen, Yu-Te Lin, Tsung-Yun Liu, Ching-Hui Loh
AIM: To develop experimental multi-domain interventions for older people with mild-to-moderate dementia, and to evaluate the effect of delaying cognitive and physical decline, and improvement or prevention of geriatric syndromes during 1-year follow up. METHODS: Participants aged 65 years and older with mild-to-moderate dementia (clinical dementia rating [CDR] 1 or 2) were grouped as intervention in Jia-Li Veterans Home and usual care model in the community (Memory clinic)...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435984/patterns-predictors-and-persistence-of-chronic-sedative-use-a-population-based-observational-study-of-older-adults-in-british-columbia-canada
#20
Steven G Morgan, Deirdre Weymann
BACKGROUND: Benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like sedatives (zopiclone, zolpidem and zaleplon) are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia but are contraindicated for chronic use. We sought to study the persistence, over multiple years, of chronic use of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like sedatives among community-dwelling adults in British Columbia, Canada. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of linked health data for adults aged 50 to 69 in 2004 who resided in British Columbia, Canada, between 2004 and 2013...
April 24, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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