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Older Patients & Motor Vehicle Crashes

A study has found that older motor vehicle crash (MVC) patients utilize significant ED resources and are more likely to be admitted to hospitals. As more drivers are living longer, EDs need to concentrate efforts on allocating appropriate resources and developing protocols to care for the higher volume of older adult MVC victims.

ASCVD in Older Adults

A scientific statement has been released to help clarify the risks and benefits of secondary prevention and to stimulate better use of proven therapies in older adults with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). The statement also encourages healthcare providers to personalize preventive care for ASCVD patients aged 75 and older.

Diabetes Side Effects: Breaking the Silence

Sexual and urologic problems are common among people with diabetes, but keeping diabetes under control with proper diet, regular physical activity, and medications can help prevent these issues.

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Triage Among Elderly Trauma Patients

Research has shown that elderly patients are frequently undertriaged, but little is known about the associations between triage patterns and outcomes.

Hospital Admission Risk Factors for Older HF Patients

The number of older people with heart failure (HF) has increased considerably over the past 20 years. Currently, 80% of patients with HF are 65 or older. The costs associated with HF are more than $35 billion per year in the United States, and these costs are largely driven by hospital stays.…

Group Education & Older Diabetics

Many clinicians are reluctant to refer older patients to group education because they believe they may require more individual attention, but that may not be the case.

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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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Managing Older Adults With Mild Head Injuries

CT scans do not appear to be necessary for adults presenting to the ED with mild head injuries (MHIs). In a retrospective study of patients with MHI who underwent CT scans, pathological acute findings on CT scans were found in only 2.18% of participants.…

Complication Rates With Nephrectomy in Octogenarians

Morbidity appears to be significant in patients older than 80 who undergo nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma, according to results from a small French analysis. For all patients in this age range, the overall complication rate was 38.8%.

Abstract: Journal of Urology, September 2012.…

Examining the Health Status of Older Americans

A report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics has found that Americans who live to 65 are likely to live an average of 19.2 additional years when compared with 1960 data. The report, available at www.agingstats.gov, explores data on death, obesity rates, hospice care, and in-hospital mortality rates, among other related topics.…

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