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Frailty syndrome: A weakly addressed problem

Fran Covington, age 82, has a history of cardiovascular disease, chronic diastolic heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She lives at home with her husband and...
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Managing delirium in hospitalized older adults

Lawrence Jeffries, age 78, is admitted to the hospital for an arthroplasty of the left hip. A retired roofer, he lives with his wife...

Improving posthospital medication management for chronically ill older adults

For chronically ill older adults who take multiple medications, a hospital stay can result in various medication-related changes. Nurses administer their medications to them. Their medication...

Setting your sights on aging eyes

Half of Americans older than 65 have some degree of age-related cataract formation, making cataracts the leading cause of vision impairment in the United...

Refining stool consistency descriptors can help prevent adverse outcomes

Stool consistency and form are significant aspects of a GI assessment, providing valuable information about the patient’s bowel motility. Properly identifying and describing these...

When to refer patients for hospice care

What happens to patients once they reach the maximum benefit of traditional curative treatment? For many, hospice should be considered. A point on the...

Assessing and managing patients with chronic subdural hematoma

Ruby Jacobs, age 84, arrives at the emergency department with a headache, which she says has gotten worse over the past week despite taking...

Dispelling pain myths

Read up on the latest evidence-based best practices in pain management.

Managing knee osteoarthritis in older adults

A degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis (OA) is marked by cartilage erosion, osteophyte formation, joint hypertrophy, and subchondral sclerosis. A leading cause of disability in...

Guidelines for abdominal aortic aneurysm screening released

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm. One of the recommendations is one-time screening by ultrasonography...

Study: Handshake can indicate speed of aging

Handgrip strength corresponds to other markers of aging such as people’s future mortality, disability, cognitive decline and ability to recover from hospital, according to...

Normal-pressure hydrocephalus: The “wet, wobbly, and wacky” triad

An often-missed diagnosis, this condition may mimic certain types of dementia.

Longevity genes interconnected

An international group of scientists performed a comprehensive analysis and found that most genes that increase lifespan when overexpressed or mutated, as well as...