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The Impact of Smoking Among the Elderly | News Brief

Researchers have found that smoking appears to be a strong independent risk factor of cardiovascular events and mortality among patients aged 60 and older. The authors found that smoking advanced cardiovascular mortality by more than 5 years for this older patient population, but smoking cessation appeared to help reduce this excess risk.…

Medscape’s 2015 Physician Compensation Report

Medscape’s 2015 Physician Compensation Report | News Brief

Nearly 20,000 physicians across 25 specialties responded to Medscape’s 2015 Compensation Survey.

The top three earners this year are Orthopedics (421k), Cardiology (376k), and Gastroenterology (370k). When compared with Medscape’s 2014 Compensation Report, Urology (344k) dropped from the #3 spot to the #7 spot.…

The Burden of COPD & Symptom Severity

The Burden of COPD & Symptom Severity | Feature

Survey results indicate that there appears to be a disconnect between the perceptions of disease severity among patients with COPD and the reality of how well the disease is being managed. Findings highlight the importance of patient education and objective symptom assessment.

Surgeons Who Can’t Perform Open Surgery

Surgeons Who Can’t Perform Open Surgery | Medical Blog

"There may be a movement afoot to start a Fundamentals of Open Surgery course. What is going on here? Do we really need to have a separate course to teach residents open surgery? Isn't that what a 'residency' is supposed to do?"

AAOS 2015

AAOS 2015 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at AAOS 2015, the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, from March 24 to 28 in Las Vegas. The features below highlight some of the studies emerging from the conference.…

The Digital Divide in Older Patients

The Digital Divide in Older Patients | Opinion Article

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.…

Disability Among the Elderly

Disability Among the Elderly | Opinion Article

The following depicts the population aged 65 and older by number of disabilities and age, based on data from 2008 to 2012.…

Elective Major Orthopedic Surgery in Octogenarians

Elective Major Orthopedic Surgery in Octogenarians | Feature

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

Hip Fracture in Older Adults | Feature

As life expectancy continues to increase in the United States, the number of elderly people and those with chronic health conditions like osteo¬≠porosis 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

Screening for Delirium in EDs: Seeking Validation | Feature

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.…


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