Month: January 2012

Hypnotics, Elderly, & the Risk of Falls

Research has shown that the prevalence of insomnia increases with age. The appropriate treatment of insomnia in older patients can be challenging for several reasons, including the prevalence of comorbid conditions, increased...

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An Exciting Time for Regenerative Medicine

Previous transplants of tissue-engineered tracheas have been performed, but the tracheas used on those occasions were taken from organ donors and then reseeded with the patients’ own stem cells. In 2011, my colleagues and I...

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Analyzing Satisfaction With E-Prescription Use

A qualitative analysis suggests that physicians and pharmacists appear to be generally satisfied with the transmission of new e-prescriptions. However, they reported inconsistent use of the electronic renewal process, resulting...

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A Novel Agent for a Rare Bone Marrow Disease

The FDA has approved ruxolitinib (Jakafi, Incyte) for myelofibrosis, a rare bone marrow disease. The agent inhibits the JAK1 and JAK2 enzymes, which play a role in blood regulation and immunological functioning....

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More Americans Reaching Age 90 & Older

A United States Census Bureau report has found that the 90-and-older popu-lation nearly tripled over the past 30 years, hitting nearly 2 million in 2010. The report, available at, provides an overview of...

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End-of-Life Preferences in Elderly With HF

A European study has found that elderly patients with heart failure (HF) appear to be willing to discuss end-of-life preferences with their physicians. The analysis revealed that 74% of HF patients were not willing to trade...

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