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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139041/drug-safety-analysis-in-a-real-life-cohort-of-parkinson-s-disease-patients-with-polypharmacy
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Saskia Müller-Rebstein, Claudia Trenkwalder, Jens Ebentheuer, Wolfgang H Oertel, Carsten Culmsee, Günter U Höglinger
BACKGROUND: Polypharmacy is common in geriatric Parkinson's disease (PD) patients in advanced disease stages with multiple comorbidities, bearing multiple risks for drug safety in theory. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to empirically identify the most frequent and relevant contraindications and drug interactions actually occurring and compromising drug safety in PD in real life. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study in a multimorbid cohort of PD patients with polypharmacy admitted to a specialized hospital...
November 14, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132430/hospital-choice-in-germany-from-the-patient-s-perspective-a-cross-sectional-study
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Werner de Cruppé, Max Geraedts
BACKGROUND: In many countries health policy encourages patients to choose their hospital, preferably by considering information of performance reports. Previous studies on hospital choice mainly have focused on patients undergoing elective surgery. This study examined a representative sample of hospital inpatients across disciplines and treatment interventions in Germany. Its research questions were: How many patients decide where to go for hospital treatment? How much time do patients have before admission? Which sources of information do they use, and which criteria are relevant to their decision? METHODS: Cross-sectional observational study covering 1925 inpatients of 46 departments at 17 hospitals in 2012...
November 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107401/-map-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-other-dementias-in-spain-mapea-project
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Pablo Martínez-Lage, Manuel Martín-Carrasco, Enrique Arrieta, Jesús Rodrigo, Francesc Formiga
INTRODUCTION: In the current context of increased life expectancy and progressive aging of the population a very significant increase in the number of people with cognitive impairment and dementia is expected. Consequently, Spain will face an enormous social and health problem in the next decades. The Mapa de la enfermedad de Alzheimer y otras demencias en España project aims to analyse plans, prevention and early diagnosis activities, process of care and resources available across the 17 Spanish regions for the management of cognitive impairment and dementia in order to identify improvement areas, as well as to provide a list of recommendations...
October 26, 2017: Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094496/knowledge-gap-regarding-dementia-care-among-nurses-in-taiwanese-acute-care-hospitals-a-cross-sectional-study
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Pei-Chao Lin, Mei-Hui Hsieh, Meng-Chin Chen, Yung-Mei Yang, Li-Chan Lin
AIM: The quality of dementia care in hospitals is typically substandard. Staff members are underprepared for providing care to older people with dementia. The objective of the present study was to examine dementia care knowledge, attitude and behavior regarding self-education about dementia care among nurses working in different wards. METHODS: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study. The present study was carried out from July 2013 to December 2013. In total, 387 nurses working in different wards were recruited from two hospitals in Taiwan by using convenience sampling...
November 2, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958650/is-routine-head-ct-indicated-in-awake-stable-older-patients-after-a-ground-level-fall
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Rebecca Sartin, Christine Kim, Sharmila Dissanaike
BACKGROUND: Despite the development of several prediction rules to guide head CT imaging, determining whom to screen for head trauma in the geriatric population after a ground level fall remains controversial. The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of head CT on the management of older adult patients who present with a normal GCS after a ground level fall, and to identify factors that could predict the need for neurosurgical intervention. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted on hemodynamically stable patients >55 years of age with GCS of 15, who presented to a level 1 trauma center after a ground level fall...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891516/effects-of-donepezil-on-liver-and-kidney-functions-for-the-treatment-of-alzheimer-s%C3%A2-disease
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Zübeyde Erbayraktar, Ahmet Evlice, Görsev Yener, N Nuray Ulusu
Aim of the present study is to investigate the effects of medication with donepezil (acetylcholinesterase inhibitor) on the liver and kidney function in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and to compare the effects of donepezil medication during short (one month) and long term (six years) follow-ups. We evaluated female and male patients from Cukurova [42 AD patients; short term (5 mg/day)] and Dokuz Eylul [68 AD patients; long term (10 mg/day)] University Hospital. The results compared with the geriatric population without dementia in other words who are not in medication with donepezil...
2017: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851278/toscana-virus-meningo-encephalitis-an-important-differential-diagnosis-for-elderly-travellers-returning-from-mediterranean-countries
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James Veater, Farhan Mehedi, Chee Kay Cheung, Laura Nabarro, Jane Osborne, Nicholas Wong, Martin Wiselka, Julian W Tang
BACKGROUND: Elderly patients have a long list of differentials for causes of acute confusion and altered consciousness levels, including infectious agents. In addition, elderly, retired patients often have more time to travel for tourism, particularly to exotic, warmer locations. Mediterranean countries such as Spain and Italy are popular holiday destinations for British and other tourists, especially during the winter months. However, these warm climates allow insect vectors to proliferate, increasing the risk of exposure to endemic vectorborne viral infections whilst on vacation...
August 29, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807442/age-is-related-to-neurological-outcome-in-patients-with-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-ohca-receiving-therapeutic-hypothermia-th
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Se Jong Oh, Jin Joo Kim, Jae Ho Jang, In Cheol Hwang, Jae Hyuk Woo, Yong Su Lim, Hyuk Jun Yang
INTRODUCTION: In this study, we retrospectively reviewed the patients' outcomes after cardiac arrest based on age in one center, to determine whether geriatric patients had worse outcomes. METHODS: This was a single-center, retrospective cohort study. The patients admitted to the intensive care unit on successful resuscitation after OHCA were retrospectively identified and evaluated. RESULTS: This was a retrospective cohort study of patients over 18years of-age with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) (>24h) after cardiac arrest who were admitted to the emergency intensive care unit (EICU) and received post-cardiac arrest care between March 2007 and December 2013...
July 29, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795216/the-impact-of-pre-existing-conditions-on-functional-outcome-and-mortality-in-geriatric-hip-fracture-patients
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Christopher Bliemel, Benjamin Buecking, Ludwig Oberkircher, Matthias Knobe, Steffen Ruchholtz, Daphne Eschbach
PURPOSE: Due to pre-existing illnesses, elderly hip fracture patients represent a vulnerable patient population. The present study was conducted to investigate the effects of various pre-existing conditions on the outcomes of hip fracture patients. METHODS: A total of 402 surgically treated geriatric hip fracture patients were included in this prospective, single-centre study. Upon admission, patient age, gender and fracture type were documented, among other information...
August 9, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751850/anmco-sic-sici-gise-sicch-executive-summary-of-consensus-document-on-risk-stratification-in-elderly-patients-with-aortic-stenosis-before-surgery-or-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Giovanni Pulignano, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Samuele Baldasseroni, Francesco Bedogni, Giovanni Cioffi, Ciro Indolfi, Francesco Romeo, Adriano Murrone, Francesco Musumeci, Alessandro Parolari, Leonardo Patanè, Paolo Giuseppe Pino, Annalisa Mongiardo, Carmen Spaccarotella, Roberto Di Bartolomeo, Giuseppe Musumeci
Aortic stenosis is one of the most frequent valvular diseases in developed countries, and its impact on public health resources and assistance is increasing. A substantial proportion of elderly people with severe aortic stenosis is not eligible to surgery because of the advanced age, frailty, and multiple co-morbidities. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) enables the treatment of very elderly patients at high or prohibitive surgical risk considered ineligible for surgery and with an acceptable life expectancy...
May 2017: European Heart Journal Supplements: Journal of the European Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748677/subjective-evaluation-of-mood-and-cognitive-functions-in-a-general-neurology-clinic-patients-versus-informants
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Adolfo Jiménez-Huete, Antonio Del Barrio, Elena Riva, Pablo Campo, Rafael Toledano, Oriol Franch
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We aimed to determine the correlation between subjective evaluations of mood and cognitive functions by patients and informants, and the findings of a battery of neuropsychological tests. METHODS: We analyzed 74 subjects recruited from a general neurology clinic, comprising 37 patients with cognitive complaints and 37 informants (either relatives or caregivers in close contact with the patients). Four ordinal scales concerning recent memory, verbal expression, initiative, and mood were correlated with the findings of a series of neuropsychological tests and questionnaires using the tau b coefficient...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738866/frequency-associated-features-and-burden-of-neurological-disorders-in-older-adult-inpatients-in-brazil-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-study
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Aroldo Bacellar, Bruno B Pedreira, Gersonita Costa, Telma Assis
BACKGROUND: The burden of neurological disorders (NDs) in older adult inpatients is often underestimated. We studied diagnostic frequency and comorbidity of NDs among inpatients aged ≥60 years. We compared rates of hospital mortality, length of stay (LOS), and readmission with younger patient counterparts (aged 18-59 years) and older adult non-neurological patients. METHODS: This was a retrospective cross-sectional study of inpatients in a tertiary care center in Brazil...
July 24, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734784/drug-delivery-innovations-to-address-global-health-challenges-for-pediatric-and-geriatric-populations-through-improvements-in-patient-compliance
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Joshua Boateng
Despite significant advances in pharmaceutical and biotechnological drug discovery, the global population is plagued with many challenging diseases. These are further compounded by anticipated explosion in an ageing population, which presents several problems such as polypharmacy, dysphagia, and neurologic conditions, resulting in noncompliance and disease complications. For antibiotics, poor compliance, can result in development of drug-resistant infections which can be fatal. Furthermore, children, especially, in developing countries die unnecessarily from easily treatable diseases (e...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727592/nutrition-exercise-and-skin-integrity-among-frail-older-adults-in-taiwan
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Chia-Te Chen, Heng-Hsin Tung, Tao-Hsin Tung, Jong-Chyou Denq
OBJECTIVE: The purpose was to determine the correlation between nutrition status and skin integrity in the frail older adult population. DESIGN AND SETTING: Participants (N = 94) in this cross-sectional study were recruited through convenience sampling from the neurology and geriatrics outpatient department at a regional teaching hospital in Northern Taiwan. Study tools included a Basic Participant Profile Fill-in Sheet, which assesses demographic and exercise habit; the Comorbidity Index; Skin Integrity Evaluation Chart; Mini-Nutritional Assessment-Short Form; and Taiwan International Physical Activity Questionnaire Form...
August 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716256/post-stroke-depression-in-ghana-characteristics-and-correlates
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Fred Stephen Sarfo, Carolyn Jenkins, Arti Singh, Mayowa Owolabi, Akin Ojagbemi, Nathaniel Adusei, Raelle Saulson, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: Poststroke depression (PSD) is prevalent and is an important determinant of functional recovery, quality of life and mortality after stroke. Scanty data on the nature of PSD among stroke survivors in sub-Saharan Africa prompted this study. OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence and predictors of depression in a convenience sample of Ghanaian stroke survivors. METHODS: We evaluated consecutive stroke survivors encountered at a comprehensive neurology clinic in a tertiary medical center in Ghana...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707192/-geriatrics-or-geriatricization-of-medicine-quo-vadis-geriatrics
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G F Kolb
This article examines the question whether and how geriatrics will change in the future and whether in view of the demographic changes the trend will go more in the direction of a further expansion of geriatrics or more towards a geriatricization of individual specialist medical fields. The different development of geriatrics in the individual Federal States can only be understood historically and is absolutely problematic against the background of the new hospital remuneration system. Geriatrics is a typical cross-sectional faculty and still has demarcation problems with other faculties but has also not yet clearly defined the core competence...
July 13, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683706/sarcopenia-what-should-a-pharmacist-know
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Alfonso J Cruz-Jentoft
Sarcopenia (or muscle insufficiency) is a geriatric syndrome characterized by a progressive and generalized loss of skeletal muscle mass and function which has adverse consequences, particularly physical disability, falls and death. It can develop slowly, as a chronic condition that emerges over many years, or acutely, generally due to immobilization associated with an acute disease. The physiopathology of sarcopenia is complex, and affects both the muscle and its neurological and hormonal regulation...
July 1, 2017: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682462/need-to-recalibrate-research-outcomes-in-alzheimer-s-disease-focus-on-neuropsychiatric-symptoms
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REVIEW
Marco Canevelli, Matteo Cesari, Flaminia Lucchini, Martina Valletta, Michele Sabino, Eleonora Lacorte, Nicola Vanacore, Giuseppe Bruno
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPSs) are adequately considered in clinical research on Alzheimer's disease (AD). DESIGN: Systematic review. SETTING: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) recruiting individuals with AD and published during the last 10 years in 16 major general medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry journals and RCTs registered on clinicaltrials.gov and currently enrolling individuals with AD...
September 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642851/sarcopenia-neurological-point-of-view
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REVIEW
Young Nam Kwon, Sung Sang Yoon
Sarcopenia is an age-related geriatric syndrome which is characterized by the gradual loss of muscle mass, muscle strength, and muscle quality. There are a lot of neurologic insults on sarcopenia at various levels from the brain to the neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) to generate a volitional task. Dopaminergic downregulation, inadequate motor programming and motor coordination impairment lead to decline of supraspinal drive. Motor unit reorganization and inflammatory changes in motor neuron decrease conduction velocity and amplitude of compound muscle action potential...
May 2017: Journal of Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636480/the-emerging-role-of-pimavanserin-in-the-management-of-parkinson-s-disease-psychosis
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Neal Hermanowicz, Gustavo Alva, Fernando Pagan, Alberto J Espay, Amita Patel, Katya Cruz Madrid, Daniel Kremens, Jim Kenney, Sheila Arquette, Gary Tereso, Maria Lopes, Carolyn Farnum
A panel of experts drawn from neurology, psychiatry, geropsychiatry, geriatrics, and pharmacy representatives of 3 health plans convened in New York City on July 30, 2016, with the objective of sharing opinions, ideas, and information regarding the optimal management of Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP). Three key points emerged from the discussion: (1) Because of the nature of Parkinson's disease and PDP, finding appropriate treatment can prove challenging; (2) emerging therapies may present an opportunity for effective disease management; and (3) moving forward, provider and patient education regarding PDP and available treatment options is essential for well-managed symptoms and better quality of life...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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