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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089100/community-onset-clostridium-difficile-infection-at-a-tertiary-medical-center-in-southern-taiwan-2007-2015
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Chin-Shiang Tsai, Yuan-Pin Hung, Jen-Chieh Lee, Nan-Yao Lee, Po-Lin Chen, Ling-Shan Syue, Ming-Chi Li, Chia-Wen Li, Wen-Chien Ko
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is well-known as the major cause of infectious diarrhea in hospitalized patients. Community-onset CDI (CO-CDI) is an emerging threat. However, clinical information of CO-CDI in Taiwan remains scarce. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted at a medical center in southern Taiwan. Symptomatic patients between 2007 and 2015 with C. difficile toxin or tcdB detected in stool were identified as CDI, and were classified as CO-CDI [including community-associated CDI (CA-CDI) and community-onset health care facility-associated CDI (CO-HCFA-CDI)] and health care facility-onset CDI (HCFO-CDI)...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088377/intracapsular-hip-fractures-in-the-elderly-do-we-know-what-is-important
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Diana Crego-Vita, Coral Sanchez-Perez, Jose Adolfo Orellana Gomez-Rico, Celia Clemente de Arriba
BACKGROUND: Hip fractures in the elderly are a common reason for admission to the department of orthopaedic surgery, this condition asks an important part of health resources and is associated with high levels of co-morbidity and mortality. Many improvements have been introduced in the treatment of these patients, preoperative regional analgesia, intensive physical therapy, interdisciplinary care program; but still remain unresolved gaps. The aim of this study is to document the natural history of early versus delayed surgical intervention in elderly patients with hip fractures and to establish the prognostic factors of mortality and walking ability after discharge...
January 9, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079351/effect-of-age-on-outcomes-and-practice-patterns-for-patients-with-anterior-communicating-artery-aneurysms
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Federico Cagnazzo, Waleed Brinjikji, Giuseppe Lanzino
BACKGROUND: With widespread utilization of noninvasive imaging, small enraptured anterior communicating artery (AcoA) aneurysms are increasingly detected in the general population, particularly in elderly patients. We investigated the association between age and clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with unruptured AcoA aneurysms. METHODS: Between January 2008 and May 2016, information on 179 consecutive patients with unruptured AcoA aneurysms was obtained and included demographic data, aneurysm features, risk factors for formation and rupture, treatment type, complications, and follow-up information...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077141/determinants-of-and-socio-economic-disparities-in-self-rated-health-in-china
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Jiaoli Cai, Peter C Coyte, Hongzhong Zhao
BACKGROUND: Self-rated health (SRH) is not only used to measure health status and health inequalities, but also as a strong predictor of morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this study was to: 1) evaluate the factors that account for variations in self-rated health among Chinese citizens; and to 2) explore the process through which socio-economic status may impact self-rated health. METHODS: Data were derived from the Chinese General Social Survey (CGSS) (2013)...
January 11, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074921/heat-related-hospitalizations-in-older-adults-an-amplified-effect-of-the-first-seasonal-heatwave
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Alexander Liss, Ruiruo Wu, Kenneth Kwan Ho Chui, Elena N Naumova
Older adults are highly vulnerable to the detriment of extreme weather. The rapid non-linear increase in heat-related morbidity is difficult to quantify, hindering the attribution of direct effects of exposure on severe health outcomes. We examine the effects of ambient temperatures on heat-related hospitalizations (HH) among the elderly in presence of strong seasonality and by assessing the effects caused by the first and subsequent seasonal heatwaves. We empirically derived the thresholds for a heatwave episode in Boston MSA based on 16 years of daily observations...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068988/disability-support-and-long-term-social-care-of-an-elderly-spanish-population-2008-2009-an-epidemiologic-analysis
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J Almazán-Isla, M Comín-Comín, E Alcalde-Cabero, C Ruiz, E Franco, R Magallón, J Damián, J de Pedro-Cuesta, L A Larrosa-Montañes
BACKGROUND: Though poorly known, relationships between disability, need of help (dependency) and use of social services are crucial aspects of public health. The objective of this study was to describe the links between disability, officially assessed dependency, and social service use by an industrial population, and identify areas of inequity. METHODS: We took advantage of a door-to-door survey conducted in the Cinco Villas district, Spain, in 2008-2009, which provided data on disability, morbidity, and service use among 1216 residents aged ≥50 years, and officially assessed dependency under the 2006 Dependency Act (OAD)...
January 9, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063651/recent-highlights-in-psoriasis-research
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Samuel T Hwang, Tamar Nijsten, James T Elder
This article highlights recent advances in the immunology, epidemiology, and genetics/genomics of psoriasis from 2015 through 2016. Advances sometimes generate more questions, and this article makes an attempt to point out where controversies might exist in the literature. Many of the articles mentioned were published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, but many articles from the broader scientific literature are also cited, to provide context and to add further validity for some of these key findings...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060086/sex-specific-associations-between-self-reported-sleep-duration-cardiovascular-disease-hypertension-and-mortality-in-an-elderly-population
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Anders Broström, Ake Wahlin, Urban Alehagen, Martin Ulander, Peter Johansson
BACKGROUND: Both short and long sleep durations have been associated to increased mortality. Knowledge about sex-specific differences among elderly regarding associations between sleep duration, cardiovascular health, and mortality is sparse. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study are to examine the association between self-reported sleep duration and mortality and to investigate whether this association is sex specific and/or moderated by cardiovascular morbidity, and also to explore potential mediators of sleep duration effects on mortality...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050920/elderly-fall-risk-prediction-based-on-a-physiological-profile-approach-using-artificial-neural-networks
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Jafar Razmara, Mohammad Hassan Zaboli
Falls play a critical role in older people's life as it is an important source of morbidity and mortality in elders. In this article, elders fall risk is predicted based on a physiological profile approach using a multilayer neural network with back-propagation learning algorithm. The personal physiological profile of 200 elders was collected through a questionnaire and used as the experimental data for learning and testing the neural network. The profile contains a series of simple factors putting elders at risk for falls such as vision abilities, muscle forces, and some other daily activities and grouped into two sets: psychological factors and public factors...
November 1, 2016: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039650/is-bariatric-surgery-safe-in-the-elderly-population
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Federico Perez Quirante, Lisandro Montorfano, Rajmohan Rammohan, Nisha Dhanabalsamy, Aaron Lee, Samuel Szomstein, Emanuele Lo Menzo, Raul J Rosenthal
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery has proven to be the most effective treatment for morbid obesity in all age groups and is considered superior to medical treatment. The aim of our study was to report the outcomes of bariatric surgery in patients over 65 years of age at our institution. METHODS: A retrospective review of a prospectively collected database was conducted of all patients > 65 years who underwent a bariatric procedure between 2005 and 2015 at our institution...
December 30, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031209/factors-associated-with-influenza-vaccination-coverage-among-the-elderly-in-south-korea-the-fourth-korean-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-knhanes-iv
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David Soonil Kwon, Kyuwoong Kim, Sang Min Park
OBJECTIVE: The annual outbreak of influenza is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality among the elderly population around the world. While there is an annual vaccine available to prevent or reduce the incidence of disease, not all older people in Korea choose to be vaccinated. There have been few previous studies to examine the factors influencing influenza vaccination in Korea. Thus, this study identifies nationwide factors that affect influenza vaccination rates in elderly Koreans...
December 28, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029468/-usefulness-of-the-fev1-fev6-ratio-to-detect-the-prevalence-of-lung-obstruction-in-hospitalised-patients-with-multiple-morbidities
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María Vanesa Lorenzo Hernández, Sergi Yun, Eva Acosta, Pere Almagro
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of lung obstruction increases with age and the presence of comorbidities. Although a complete spirometry is necessary to confirm the diagnosis, this may be impractical in elderly patients with cognitive impairment or functional dependence. Recently, the use of portable devices using the FEV1/FEV6 ratio have shown to be useful for assessing the presence of lung obstruction, with greater ease of use, but its usefulness has not been established in the elderly population with multiple morbidities...
October 28, 2016: Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024720/healthy-life-expectancy-of-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-patients-aged-75years-and-older
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Shin-Ichi Yamada, Hiroshi Kurita, Takahiro Tomioka, Ryousuke Ohta, Nobuhiko Yoshimura, Fumihiro Nishimaki, Yoshihito Koyama, Eiji Kondo, Takahiro Kamata
OBJECTIVES: Healthy life expectancy, an extension of the concept of life expectancy, is a summary measure of population health that takes into account the mortality and morbidity of a population. The aim of the present study was to retrospectively analyze the self-reliance survival times of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and twelve patients aged 75years or older with primary OSCC were included and examined at Shinshu University Hospital...
January 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997328/pathological-jealousy-an-interactive-condition
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Mary V Seeman
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review is to describe the psychopathology, antecedents, and current management of pathological jealousy from an interpersonal perspective. METHOD: The Google Scholar database was searched with the following terms: delusional jealousy; morbid jealousy; paranoid jealousy; pathological jealousy; Othello syndrome; delusional disorder-jealous type; conjugal paranoia. From a total of 600 articles, 40 were selected based on their currency and pertinence to the interpersonal aspects of jealousy...
2016: Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988091/pulmonary-complications-after-open-abdominal-aortic-surgery-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Laura Pasin, Pasquale Nardelli, Alessandro Belletti, Massimiliano Greco, Giovanni Landoni, Luca Cabrini, Roberto Chiesa, Alberto Zangrillo
OBJECTIVES: Postoperative pulmonary complications (PPC) are among the most common complications after noncardiac surgery. Men, smokers, and elderly patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart failure are more likely to experience PPC. The majority of patients undergoing vascular surgery belong in these categories and are at higher risk of developing PPC. Moreover, the surgical site is one of the most important risk factors associated with PPC, and aortic surgery carries the highest risk...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960213/complication-of-community-acquired-pneumonia-including-cardiac-complications
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Marcos I Restrepo, Luis F Reyes, Antonio Anzueto
Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) represents an important public health problem and carries significant morbidity, mortality, and costs. The incidence of CAP is highest among children and elderly patients, but the mortality is much higher in patients older than 65 years. Despite the advances in medicine, the administration of antimicrobials, and the overall better care, there are still patients with CAP dying due to systemic complications all over the world. A continuum of CAP disease progression may involve multiple organs beyond the pulmonary parenchyma...
December 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957414/current-characteristics-of-dialysis-therapy-in-korea-2015-registry-data-focusing-on-elderly-patients
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REVIEW
Dong-Chan Jin, Sung-Ro Yun, Seoung Woo Lee, Sang-Woong Han, Won Kim, Jongha Park
Because of increases in the elderly population and diabetic patients, the proportion of elderly among dialysis patients has rapidly increased during the last decades. The mortality and morbidity of these elderly dialysis patients are obviously much higher than those of young patients, but large analytic studies about elderly dialysis patients' characteristics have rarely been published. The registry committee of the Korean Society of Nephrology has collected data about dialysis therapy in Korea through an Internet online registry program and analyzed the characteristics...
December 2016: Kidney Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943329/viral-pathogens-among-elderly-people-with-acute-respiratory-infections-in-shanghai-china-preliminary-results-from-a-laboratory-based-surveillance-2012-2015
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Chuchu Ye, Weiping Zhu, Jianxing Yu, Zhongjie Li, Yifei Fu, Yajia Lan, Shengjie Lai, Yuanping Wang, Lifeng Pan, Qiao Sun, Genming Zhao
Acute respiratory infections (ARIs), with viral pathogens as the major contributors, are the most common illnesses worldwide, and increase the morbidity and mortality among the elderly population. The clinical and pathological features of elderly people with ARIs need to be identified for disease intervention. From January 1(st) , 2012 through December 31(st) , 2015, respiratory specimens from patients above 60 years old with ARIs were collected from the outpatient and inpatient settings of six sentinel hospitals in Pudong New Area...
December 12, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942737/prothrombin-complex-concentrates-an-alternative-to-fresh-frozen-plasma
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David R Burk, Jordan L Smith, Jason R Wild
Insufficiency fractures are a common cause of morbidity among geriatric patients worldwide. Improved outcomes are known to result from decreased delay to definitive operative fixation and mobilization. Use of warfarin is an important potential cause of delay. The ideal mode of warfarin reversal is currently unknown. Prothrombin complex concentrates (PCCs) offer rapid correction with small infusion volume, both of which are important for elderly patients with multiple comorbidities. The authors present 2 cases of insufficiency fractures occurring in geriatric patients receiving warfarin therapy reversed with a 3-factor PCC...
December 8, 2016: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933066/functionally-diverse-nk-like-t-cells-are-effectors-and-predictors-of-successful-aging
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REVIEW
Joshua J Michel, Patricia Griffin, Abbe N Vallejo
The fundamental challenge of aging and long-term survivorship is maintenance of functional independence and compression of morbidity despite a life history of disease. Inasmuch as immunity is a determinant of individual health and fitness, unraveling novel mechanisms of immune homeostasis in late life is of paramount interest. Comparative studies of young and old persons have documented age-related atrophy of the thymus, the contraction of diversity of the T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire, and the intrinsic inefficiency of classical TCR signaling in aged T cells...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
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