Geriatrics News

Average of 8.8 Inactive Ingredients Found in Oral Medications
Physician Burnout Rate Increased From 2014 to 2017
Influences on New NIH Policy for Age Limits in Research Explored
AAOS: Supplement Use Low in Patients With Osteoporosis, Hip Fracture
Having Affected Relatives Linked to Increased Alzheimer Risk
Knee Pain Not Tied to Activity Levels in Knee Osteoarthritis
CDC: 2000 to 2017 Saw Increase in Mortality Due to Dementia
Head of National Cancer Institute Named Acting FDA Commissioner
FDA Approves New Generic Valsartan to Ease Shortage
Elderly Men Undertreated for Osteoporosis
CDC: Most Americans Report Excellent, Good Health
Tramadol May Up Mortality Risk in Osteoarthritis Patients
Diet Quality in Midlife Not Linked to Later Risk for Dementia
Common Signs, Symptoms Do Not ID Dehydration in Seniors
CDC: Flu Season May Have Peaked
Home Health Clinicians Frequently Lack Access to Hospital Records
Only About Half of Elderly Newly Diagnosed With ALL Receive Tx
2004 to 2017 Saw Increase in Fractures for Elderly Dog Walkers
Preoperative Frailty Linked to Surgical Outcomes, Costs
Some Lose Independence After Surgical Tx of Femoral Neck Fx
Few Seniors Receive Regular Brief Cognitive Assessments
Heat Alerts May Come Too Late in Northern States
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb Resigns
Eli Lilly to Sell Cheaper Version of Insulin Drug
AAN: Sleep Apnea Tied to Higher Cortical Tau Levels in Seniors
Poll: Many Older Adults Report Feeling Lonely, Isolated
Pneumococcal Vaccination at Age 50 Prevents the Most Disease
FDA Warns Americans Not to Buy Drugs From Canadian Company
Antibiotic Delay Leads to Increased Risks in Seniors With UTI
Risk Factors ID'd for Site Infection After Orthopedic Surgery in Seniors
Lowering BP, Lipids in Healthy Elderly Has No Cognitive Effect
Stereotactic Radiation Feasible for Oligometastatic Cancer
Ultrasound of Calcaneus Efficient for Screening Bone Health
Prognostic Bleeding Risk Models Developed for Aspirin Use
Preoperative Phone Visits for Cataract Patients Safe, Efficient
2014 to 2017 Saw Improvement in Burnout for U.S. Physicians
Higher Triglycerides May Be Protective in the Very Elderly
Most Patients Do Not Disclose Complementary Medicine Use
National Health Spending Set to Increase 5.5 Percent Annually
FDA: Gout Drug Uloric Increases Risk of Death
Odds of Receiving Tx for CAD Up With Medicare Advantage
8 More U.S. Communities to Be Assessed for PFAS Toxin Exposure
Vertical Integration Has Little Impact on Quality Measures
Morning Exercise Linked to BP Reduction in Sedentary Seniors
Experimental Test May Quickly Diagnose Sepsis
New Kaiser Permanente Medical School Plans to Waive Tuition
Deep Learning-Enhanced Device Detects Diabetic Retinopathy
Late-Onset Migraine With Aura Linked to Increased Stroke Risk
Hospital Prices Growing Faster Than Physician Prices
Fewer Older Men Assessed, Treated for Osteoporosis
Artificially Sweetened Drinks Linked to Stroke After Menopause
Most A-Fib Patients Have at Least One Identifiable Trigger
Hip Preservation Appropriateness Guidelines May Be Limited
CDC: Severity of Influenza Season Low Through Feb. 2, 2019
Medicare Patients With MS Face Higher Out-of-Pocket Rx Costs
Physical Activity Down Across Chronic Disease Subgroups
CVD Does Not Modify Depression-Mortality Link in Elderly
Rates of Osteonecrosis of the Jaw Low for Denosumab-Treated Women
Improved Outcomes Seen With Liver Grafts From Older Donors
Health Care Spending Per Person Increased to $5,641 in 2017
Fractures Have Long-Term Impact on Quality of Life for Older Adults
Aspirin Underused for Advanced Colorectal Polyps
Many Systematic Reviews Do Not Fully Report Adverse Events
Women Less Likely to Get Periop Care Before Hip Fracture Surgery
Functional Decline Seen for Many Frail Patients After TAVR, SAVR
Johnson & Johnson to Provide Drug Prices in TV Ads
Education Not Tied to Rate of Cognitive Change in Seniors
Slower Gait Speed, Shorter Step Length Tied to Later Depression
CDC: Heart Attack Awareness Improved Since 2008
Trazodone Not Associated With Reduced Risk for Dementia
EEG-Guided Anesthesia Does Not Cut Postop Delirium in Seniors
Antidepressant Overprescribing Appears Common in Elderly
Ethnic Differences Seen at Time of Dementia Diagnosis in U.K.
Long-Term Opioid Use With OA Varies Across States
Compounded Topical Pain Creams No Better Than Placebo
Expanded Recall of Warfarin Level Monitoring Test Strips
CDC Examines Safety of Recombinant Zoster Vaccine
Direct-to-Doctor Payments May Increase Opioid Prescribing
Hearing Loss Linked to Subjective Cognitive Function Decline
Pharmacist-Led Phone Follow-Up May Cut Readmission Rates
AHA: Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Have Cardiovascular Disease
FDA Approves First Generic Version of Advair for Asthma, COPD
Small Increase in HbA1c Seen With Switch to Human Insulin in T2DM
Aerobic Exercise Tied to Better Cognition at All Ages
ASA: Flu-Like Illness Linked to Increased Risk for Stroke
Large Insulin Price Hike to Be Investigated by U.S. Congress
Older Adults With Comorbidities Identified as Frequent ED Users
Intensive BP Treatment Does Not Reduce Dementia Risk
Bone Health in Older Adults Not Improved by High-Dose Vitamin D
Machine Learning Methods Can Detect UTI in Dementia Patients
Evidence Lacking for Benefit of Surgery for Vertebral Fractures
Assessment Tools Aid Risk Planning at Nursing Homes
Home-Based Program Achieves Hypertension Control
Report IDs Areas Lacking Good Practice in Health Tech Assessment
Short Duration Between Dinner, Bed Has No Effect on HbA1c
Body Size, Physical Activity Could Impact Odds of Reaching 90
Insulin Price More Than Doubled in the United States
Most Stroke Survivors ≥50 Years Report Complete Mental Health
Benzodiazepine, Opioid Co-Usage Up in the United States
Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis Tied to Increased Risk for Death
Frailty Could Increase Susceptibility for Dementia
FDA Down to 5 Weeks of Funding to Review New Drug Applications
High Symptom Burden in Elderly Linked to Adverse Outcomes
Adoption of Advanced Health IT Capabilities Inconsistent
High Levels of Activity, Motor Ability Linked to Better Cognition
Components of Ideal Cardio Health Cut Diabetes Risk
American College of Physicians Releases 7th Edition of Ethics Manual
One in Five Back Pain Patients Experience Persistent Pain
Number of Colorectal CA Deaths Projected to Rise Worldwide
CDC: Flu Cases Hit 7 Million in the United States
Prices Still Explain High U.S. Health Care Spending
Use of Diabetes Monitoring Tests in Primary Care Suboptimal
Statin Therapy Reduces Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy in T2DM
Private Equity Acquisition of Physician Practices Discussed
Transdermal HRT Not Linked to Increased Risk for VTE
Less Deep Sleep in Elderly Tied to Alzheimer Disease Markers
Increase in Brand-Name Drug Cost Mainly Due to Existing Drugs
Many Female Health Care Workers Live in Poverty
No Increased Fall Risk With HTN Treatment in Older Women
Medical Marketing Has Increased in Past 20 Years
Cancer Death Rate in U.S. Decreased Continuously From 1991 to 2016
ACA Coverage Gains Could Erode Without Individual Mandate
Feeling Life Is Worthwhile Linked to Healthier Aging
Rx Opioids Up Pneumonia Risk in Patients With, Without HIV
Employment, Earning Losses Noted After Cardiovascular Events
More Comorbidities, Lower Mortality for Holocaust Survivors
Applying Population Health Data IDs Patients at Risk for CVD
Clinical Tool Rapidly Assesses Post-Intensive Care Syndrome
Many Adults in 50s, Early 60s Worried About Health Insurance
Moderate Drinking Not Harmful for Seniors With Heart Failure
Antidepressant Use in Seniors Linked to Risk for Hip Fracture
Impaired Cognitive Status Impacts Rehab Potential in SNFs
Price of Alirocumab Would Have to Be Cut to Be Cost-Effective
Catheter Ablation Tops Drug Therapy for A-Fib in Heart Failure
Effect Sizes Uncertain for Meds Versus Placebo in Knee OA
Toll on Health From Depression, Anxiety Akin to Smoking, Obesity
Low-Priced Generic Drugs Most Likely to Have Shortages
Dancing Tied to Lower Odds of Disability in Activities of Daily Living
30-Day Postdischarge Mortality Up With HRRP Implementation
ASH Develops Practice Guidelines for Venous Thromboembolism
Initiative Can Cut Gender Gap in Medical School Faculty Salaries
Updated Guidelines Developed for Diagnosing, Treating Influenza
Fecal Occult Blood Test May Improve CRC Outcomes in Some
Massage Offers Short-Term Relief of Knee Pain in Arthritis Patients
Most Nurses Unsatisfied With Hospitals' End-of-Life Care
Appalachia, Western States Have Highest Hep C Prevalence
FDA Warns Companies on Unsafe, Unapproved Stem Cell Treatments
Number of People With Dementia Rose Twofold From 1990 to 2016
Infection Control Compliance Not Tied to Knowledge
Growth in Use of Telemedicine Seen From 2005 to 2017
Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Higher Than Expected
Restrictive, Obstructive Lung Disease Linked to Dementia Risk
ADA 2019 Standards of Care Emphasize Patient-Centered Care
FDA Advisory Panels: Prescribe Naloxone With Opioid Painkillers
Failure of Timely Stop to Certain Prescription Drugs Is Common
Cognitive Therapy Helps Reduce Anxiety in COPD Patients
Several Factors Tied to Early Readmission After Hip Fracture Sx
Edentulism Tied to Greater Risk for High BP After Menopause
Modifying Criteria for Amnestic MCI Dx Increases Prognostic Accuracy
High Sodium May Contribute to CVD Deaths in Shandong, China
Opioids Offer Small Improvement in Pain, Physical Function
EHR Data ID Differences in HTN Control Across Health Systems
Routine Supplements to Prevent Chronic Disease Not Advised
Fall Risk Factors Vary by Gender in Older Adults
Exclusion of Doctors From Public Health Insurance Up 2007 to 2017
Cognitive Decline Similar After Cardiac Surgery, Catheterization
Follow-Up Within Seven Days of Heart Failure Discharge Beneficial
Adherence and Intensity of Lipid-Lowering Tx Influence CV Risk
Dementia Often Misclassified With Brief Cognitive Assessments
Persistent Discrimination ID'd Among Physician Mothers
BMI May Mediate Inverse Link Between Fiber Intake, Knee OA
Medication Errors Resulting in Death Most Common in Elderly
Dementia Risk Up in Women With Military-Linked Risk Factors
Sleep Length, Quality Linked to Risk for Falls, Fractures
Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act Down From Last Year
Continuity of Care Tied to Lower Expenditures, Hospitalization
Fasting-Evoked Hypoglycemia in Diabetes Is Prevalent
2017 Saw Slowing in National Health Care Spending
U.S. Medical Schools See Increase in Diversity
Paid Childbearing Policies Lacking for Residents
Free Flap Breast Reconstruction Safe in Elderly Patients
Consensus Decision Pathway Developed for Tobacco Cessation
Intellectual Engagement Linked to Cognitive Performance Later
Flu Vaccine Linked to Reduced Risk for Death in Heart Failure
Veterans Health Administration Hospitals Outperform Non-VHAs
HIT-Related Stress Linked to Burnout Among Physicians
Less Than One Hour of Resistance Training Weekly Tied to Lower CVD Risk
AHA Scientific Statement: Low Risk of Side Effects for Statins
Cemented Metal-on-Polyethylene Implants Best for Seniors
Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals
Meds Taken Do Not Vary With ADL Impairment in Heart Failure
Pictorial Presentation of Silent Atherosclerosis Helps Cut CV Risk
Skin Autofluorescence Predicts T2DM, Heart Disease, Mortality
Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine
Many Patients Withhold Information From Clinicians
HHS Issues Draft Strategy for Reducing Health IT Burden
Exercise Reverses Functional Decline in Hospitalized Elderly
Joint Mobilization Plus Exercise Beneficial for Knee Osteoarthritis
Shifting Pattern Seen for Primary Care Office Visits
New BP Goals Could Prevent 3 Million CVD Events Over 10 Years
Bone Indices on CT Scan Predict Fracture Risk in Older Adults
Climate Change Ups Heat Deaths, Especially Among Elderly
Persistent Back Pain Linked to Earlier Mortality in Older Women
Certain SGLT2 Inhibitors, GLP-1 RAs for T2DM Also Cut CV Risk
Protein Intake Tied to Disability Trajectory in Very Old
FDA to Update Medical Device Approvals Process
Food Assistance May Help Older Adults Adhere to Diabetes Meds
Risks of Trazodone Similar to Those of Atypical Antipsychotics
Four Principles Underlie Patient and Family Partnership in Care
ACA Coverage Substantial, but Did Not Impact Labor Markets
FDA Approves New Treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Arterial Stiffness May Predict Dementia Risk
RSNA: Mammography Has Value in Women Age 75 or Older
Bone Erosions More Frequent With Old Age at Onset of Early RA
Pain Management Telementoring May Cut Opioid Prescribing
Major Bleeding Up With Frailty in Acute MI Patients
Burden of Liver Cancer Rising in Medicare Patients
Health Care Costs, Use Up for Untreated Hearing Loss
Patients Hospitalized for COPD Rarely Receive Pulmonary Rehab
CDC: 8.8 Percent Uninsured in U.S. in First Half of 2018
Name-Brand Medications Driving Spike in U.S. Drug Spending
Patient Experiences Shed Light on Diagnostic Errors
CDC: Many Americans May Have Prediabetes and Not Know It
AHA: Guidelines Stress Healthy Lifestyle for Lowering Cholesterol
AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Doctors-in-Training
Pharmacist-Led Effort Cuts Inappropriate Rx in Older Adults
Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning
Access to In-Home Support Soon to Be Available for Seniors
Coordinated Care Needed for Cancer Survivors, Caregivers
AHA: Limited Benefit for n-3 Fatty Acids in CVD, Cancer Prevention
In-Hospital Infection May Up Readmission After Stroke
Herpes Zoster Recombinant Vaccine Seems Most Effective
Medicaid Expansion Approved in Three Republican-Leaning States
Nonadherence, Discontinuation of Statins High in 1st Year of Rx
Sign-Up Season Begins on HealthCare.gov
Age, Racial Disparities Seen in Hospitalization for Heart Failure
Second Hypertension Drug Recalled Due to Contamination
Home BP of 130/80 mm Hg ID'd as Threshold for Stage 1 HTN
Financial Conflicts of Interest Prevalent Among CPG Authors
Link Between Statins, Non-CVD Outcomes Lacks Evidence
AMA Announces Initiative to Reinvent Physician Training
Therapeutic Lifestyle Intervention in Church Helpful for BP Control
Community Health Worker Intervention Beneficial
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors May Up Lung CA Risk
Many Hospitals Noncompliant With Record Request Regulations
Low Levels of Flu Reported in U.S. From May to October
Nurse-Led Care Efficacious, Cost-Effective for Gout
Trump Administration Announces Plan to Cut Drug Prices
Pneumococcal Vaccine Recs Cause Confusion Among Docs
Independent Links for Genetics, Lifestyle With Incident Stroke
Half of Women to Develop Stroke, Dementia, or Parkinsonism
Pace of Change Has Accelerated in Alternative Payment Models
Tibia Lead Levels Linked to Risk of Resistant-Hypertension
7 Children Dead From Adenovirus Outbreak in New Jersey
Most Supplements Contain Prohibited Stimulants
White House Unveils New Insurance Option for Small Firms
Neglect Higher in For-Profit Nursing Homes
Inadequate Reimbursement May Mar Diabetes Prevention Program
Unrestricted Diet OK More Than One Day Before Colonoscopy
Changes in Nomenclature for Perioperative Cognitive Disorders
Variability in Geographic Availability of New Antibiotics
Procurement Requirements Drive Interoperability in Health Care IT
Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Canada
Treatment Tied to Survival Benefit in Complex Bladder Cancer
Lung Cancer Deaths 28% Lower in California Than Rest of U.S.
High Risk for Readmission for Takotsubo Syndrome
2006 to 2015 Saw Decrease in Medicare Beneficiary ICU Use
Few Seniors Who Self-Harm Referred for Mental Health Care
Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care
Hospitalization Tied to Brain Abnormalities in Older Adults
Cases Show Periodic Fasting May Cut Medication Use in T2DM
Active Pharmaceuticals ID'd in >700 Dietary Supplements
Cataract Surgery Tied to Drop in Cognitive Decline in Seniors
Eye Trauma Secondary to Falls in Older Adults Increasing
Skills-Based Intervention Did Not Cut Systolic BP After Stroke, TIA
Zoledronate Lowers Fracture Risk in Women With Osteopenia
Spending Often Persists in High-Cost Medicare-Medicaid Eligible
Review: Vitamin D Does Not Appear to Prevent Fractures, Falls
Diet Less Important Than Genes for High Serum Urate Levels
Atrial Fibrillation Tied to Higher Dementia Risk in Older Adults
Aetna-CVS Merger Approved
Long-Term Aspirin Use Linked to Reduction in Liver Cancer Risk
Prevalence of Anxiety, Depression Up for Adults With Arthritis
ADA, EASD Issue New Recommendations for T2DM
Application of Blood Pressure Guidelines Ups Treatment
Minority Residents Experience Burdens Linked to Race/Ethnicity
FDA Approves Marketing of First User-Fitted Hearing Aid
Industry-Funded Trials Often Involve Employees in Studies
One-Third of Older Adults Die After Emergency Intubation
Digital Cognitive Therapy Eases Daytime Effects of Insomnia
No Increase in In-Hospital, Post-Discharge Death With HRRP
Daily Drinking Associated With Increased Mortality Risk
Tips Provided for Budgeting in Medical Residency
Three-Quarters of Health Care Workers Got Flu Shot Last Year
Price Hikes Noted in Small Subset of Generic Drugs
3/4 of Adult Day Services Centers Keep Advance Directives on Hand
Cancer Risk Varies for Hispanics, Including in Puerto Rico
Opioid-Related Hospital Use Up in Elderly Adults
Uninsured Rate at 8.8 Percent in First Quarter of 2018
Medicare Patient Readmit Rates Higher in Proprietary Hospitals
Fall Risk Screening Strategy Cuts Fall-Related Hospitalizations
Preventable Cardiovascular Events Are Big Economic Burden
For Employer-Based Plans, Spending Across Services Steady
Southern Dietary Pattern Mediates Racial Difference in HTN
Interviews Can Help Ensure Physician Candidates Fit Culture
Number of Health-Related Data Breaches Increasing
Risk of Venous Thromboembolism Recurrence High
Factors Associated With Phantom Odor Identified
More Non-Elderly Americans Uninsured in 2017 Versus 2016
Increased Cardiovascular Risk for Diclofenac Initiators
Pharmaceutical Executive Defends 400 Percent Price Hike
Physicians Often Don't Address Their Burnout
Strategies to Cut Cardiovascular Risk Factors Show Mixed Results
Many Proxies Unaware of Centenarians' Thoughts on Death
Implementing EMRs Affects Time Spent With Patients in Clinic
Business Degree Increasingly Useful for Doctors
Practices Should Set Rules for Staff Social Media Use
Grip Strength Tied to Pulmonary Function in Older Women
Burnout, Career Choice Regret Prevalent in U.S. Residents
Childhood Poverty Can Affect Cognitive Skills in Old Age
Combo Therapy Not Needed If Low RA Disease Activity Achieved
Physician-Group ACOs Generate Medicare Savings
In 2016, Proportion of Uninsured Americans Down to 10 Percent
High-Risk Anticholinergics Prescribed to 6 Percent of Elderly
Simplifying Medicare Plan Finder Improves Plan Selection
Heart Failure Patients Enrolled in Hospice Use Less Health Care
Mortality Rate From Heart Failure Higher in Women Than Men
Some Clinicians, Patients Record Clinic Visits for Patient Use
Prevalence of Alzheimer's, Related Dementia Set to Double
Age, Sex, APOE Genotype Identify Alzheimer's, Dementia Risk
Dozens of Medical Groups Join Forces to Improve Diagnoses
Research Links Doctor Burnout to Patient Safety Incidents
Residents Should Take Advantage of Paid Time Off
Hospitals Charge 479 Percent of Cost of Drugs on Average
Combo Physical, Mental Activity Prevents Cognitive Decline
Allopurinol Dose Escalation for Gout Doesn't Improve Mortality
Patient Health Information Often Shared Electronically
HTN Tx Intensification Common Upon Discharge in U.S. Vets
Global Prevalence of Insufficient Activity 27.5 Percent
Active Choice Intervention Tied to Increase in Flu Shot Rates
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March 1 2019 - March 5 2019American Academy of Dermatology, March 1-5
February 6 2019 - February 8 2019American Stroke Association, Feb. 6-8
November 25 2018 - November 30 2018Radiological Society of North America, Nov. 25-30
November 10 2018 - November 12 2018American Heart Association, Nov. 10-12
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August 25 2018 - August 27 2018National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Aug. 25-27
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May 5 2018 - May 9 2018American Psychiatric Association, May 5-9
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