Geriatrics

GERD Associated with Upper Aerodigestive Tract Cancers in Older Adults

Researchers in Louisiana have linked GERD with the development of upper aerodigestive tract (UADT) cancers in elderly individuals, but causality remains elusive.


End-of-life Care: Not a Cost Bogeyman After All?

Per-capita expenditures on end-of-life care have been dropping since 2008, according to a study by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The decrease helped moderate Medicare spending, the study finds. Spending...


Fueling the Debate on Statin Use in Older Adults

The use of statins for primary cardiovascular disease prevention in adults over age 75 is clouded in uncertainty. A recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that statins may significantly lower mortality risk in older adults. That only underscores the need for a large-scale, prospective, randomized clinical trial, researchers say.


Exploring Telemedicine’s Potential in Palliative Care

A literature review found palliative care can be delivered effectively through telemedicine.


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Study Eyes Wider Use of High-dose Flu Vaccine

It is not only the elderly who could benefit from high-dose influenza vaccines, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The vaccines could also save the lives of considerably younger people, the...


Confronting the Geriatrician Shortage

The irony is not lost on Michael D. Cantor, MD, JD: People with conditions related to aging are often the very patients in greatest need of access to primary care, yet they frequently have the most difficulty securing that care.


Disquieting Data on Dementia

The United States’ fast-growing elderly population appears to be on a collision course with a dearth of specialists who care for seniors.


Rethinking the Link between Parkinson’s Disease and Circadian Rhythm Disorders

Circadian rhythm disorders, such as irregular sleep-wake rhythms, are hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease. The medical community has traditionally believed the disorders are a side effect of Parkinson’s, but a recently published study is challenging that view.


Early Arterial Stiffness Connected to Later Cognitive Decline

Arterial stiffness in people as young as their 40s can contribute to Alzheimer’s risk, data from the Framingham Heart Study show.


Using Virtual Reality to Diagnose Mild Cognitive Impairment

A virtual reality game-based application is a useful tool for diagnosing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) — a condition that frequently precedes Alzheimer’s — suggests a recent study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.