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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).…

Comprehensive Guidelines for Geriatric EDs

Several organizations have teamed up to develop comprehensive guidelines specifically designed for managing geriatric patients who present to EDs. The guidelines cover a wide range of topics, including staffing, education, and the management of common problems that affect older people, such as falls, delirium, and dementia.

ACS 2014: Predicting Joint Replacement Outcomes

The Particulars: In most cases, eligibility for hip and knee replacement surgery has been based largely upon the patient’s biological age. Recent research suggests, however, that a patient’s level of frailty may be a reliable independent risk factor for adverse health outcomes.…


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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