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The Digital Divide in Older Patients

Over the last several years, many resources have been invested in internet-based interventions to improve health as a result of government programs and initiatives led by healthcare providers. These resources, including tools like electronic health records (EHRs) and online health portals, are designed to help patients become more active participants in their healthcare.…

Elective Major Orthopedic Surgery in Octogenarians

The rate of elective major orthopedic surgical procedures in patients aged 80 and older appears to be increasing, and overall adverse event rates are low. These procedures could be offered to this patient group as long as candidates are willing to accept the slightly higher risks.

Hip Fracture in Older Adults

As life expectancy continues to increase in the United States, the number of elderly people and those with chronic health conditions like osteo­porosis is also rising. The number of people older than 65 is expected to increase from 37.1 million to 77.2 million by the year 2040.…

Screening for Delirium in EDs: Seeking Validation

About 10% of older adults who seek care in EDs throughout the United States experience delirium. The condition can foretell other health issues and causes distress to patients and caregivers. Delirium also puts patients at increased risk for poor outcomes. Studies indicate that the condition adds between $38 billion and $152 billion annually to healthcare expenditures in the U.S.…

Depression & Mortality in Older Diabetics

Data indicate that patients with diabetes have almost double the risk of being depressed, when compared with those with­out the disease. Studies have assessed the link between depression and mortality among patients with diabetes, but the role of age in this association is still being explored.…

Managing Older Patients With HIV

In 2015, more than half of people with HIV in the U.S. will be aged 50 or older, according to Wayne McCormick, MD, MPH. “By 2025, the median age is projected to be 60 years old.”

The aging HIV population has been due in large part to the success of antiretroviral therapy (ART).…


Linking Vitamin D to Dementia

Adults who were moderately deficient or severely deficient in vitamin D had a 53% and 125% increased risk of developing dementia, respectively, in the largest study examining the link between low vitamin D levels and dementia published this month in Neurology.…

New Guidelines on Osteoporosis in Men

This week, the Endocrine Society issued guidelines on managing osteoporosis in men. Published in the June 1, 2012 issue of Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the guidelines recommend the following:

Men at increased risk for osteoporosis should be tested by measurement of bone mineral density (BMD).…

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