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Bisphosphonates have become mainstays in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis, most commonly in post-menopausal women. Although all the bisphosphonates share similar FDA approvals and overall labeling, specific differences make agents more attractive than others in various situations.
- AGS: Updated List of Inappropriate Drugs on the Way
At its 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) shared a preview of its new Beers Criteria, which will be updated in July.
- Mortality Risk Doubled in Delirious ICU Patients
New research explores the relationship between the development of delirium and short term outcomes in critically ill patients admitted to intensive care units.
- Study: Walking 2 Minutes Each Hour Offsets Sedentary Lifestyle
A new study examined whether replacing sedentary behavior with low- or light-intensity activities decreases the risk of chronic disease and mortality.
- How Will ICD-10 Affect Physician Reimbursement?
Experts have begun outlining details of the transition between ICD-9 and ICD-10, explaining the new specific condition requirements and coding for various diseases and how the change will affect Medicare reimbursement and claim processing.
- Preoperative Cataract Testing Trends Contradict Guidelines
A new study examined the lack of adherence to cataract surgery guidelines and estimated the cost of unnecessary testing.
- Cancer-Related Pain: Attention to Medication Reconciliation
This article reviews the pharmacological considerations for starting and continuing pain medication in older adults and the elderly and how to reduce the risks associated with aberrant drug use.
- CDC: Administer Antivirals to High-Risk Flu Patients
In response to the widespread flu activity in 2014-2015, the CDC has recommended that high-risk patients be given neuraminidase inhibitors before confirmation of flu status.
- Extreme Heat Linked to Renal Failure, Septicemia in Elderly
Exposure to extreme heat may put older adults at increased risk of being hospitalized for a number of serious illnesses, including renal failure, septicemia, and urinary tract infections.
- Pheochromocytoma in the Elderly
An 89-year-old man presented with progressive shortness of breath, weakness, decreased appetite, weight loss, and episodes of falling and intermittent lower extremity swelling.
- Study: Stent May Assist in Faster Recovery Post-Stroke
Researchers evaluated the impact of intra-arterial treatment on recovery after a severe stroke, in a new study.
- Does Feeling Younger Than Your Age Reduce Your Risk of Death?
New research examined how self-perceived age reflects health, wellbeing and risk of mortality.
- When Controlling Blood Pressure, How Low is Low Enough?
Researchers released guidelines on how to best control blood pressure in adults 65 years or older.
- Brain Function Optimal in the Morning
A new study tested the cognitive performance of older adults at different periods of the day.
- New Targets for Treating Tendon Breakdown?
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and the University of Liverpool hope their recent study findings will provide new targets for treatment to prevent the breakdown of tendon tissue.
- US Census Report: Older Population Trending Towards Aging at Home
Older Americans are shifting away from nursing homes toward more home- and community-based long-term care, according to a new report released by the US Census Bureau.
- Effects of Yoga in Older Adults with Chronic Health Conditions
Researchers conducted a literature review to examine on the effects of practicing yoga in older adults with chronic health problems.
- TAVR: Opening the Door to Treatment for More Patients With Aortic Stenosis
This case shows that TAVR can serve as an effective and safer alternative to conventional cardiac surgery for carefully selected elderly patients with severe aortic stenosis, even if they have previously received a bioprosthetic valve.
Best of 2014
- 600,000 Alzheimer's Patients May Be Misdiagnosed
Mayo Clinic researchers say they have identified a subtype of Alzheimer’s disease called that often goes misdiagnosed, and could affect as many as 600,000 Americans.
- Effects of Yoga in Older Adults with Chronic Health Conditions: A Critical Review
Although yoga is commonly taught in gyms, health clubs, community centers, and colleges as an exercise option, there has been an increasing interest in the therapeutic use of yoga to prevent and treat chronic health conditions in the past decade.
- Older Women May Not Need So Much Calcium, Vitamin D
Vitamin D and calcium supplements may elevate blood levels too high for older women; this contradicts most recommendations that encourage women to take supplements, according to a recent study.
- Moderate Levels of Testosterone Best for Older Men
Older men with high or low testosterone levels have higher mortality risk as compared to men who have mid-range testosterone levels, a new study finds.
- NSAIDs Use in Older Adults May Up Afib Risk
The use of painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may cause an increased risk of atrial fibrillation in older adults, according to a new study.