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Institute for Aging Research stu ... by Dr. Rubens D. Medical Doctor Posted Wed 08 Jul 2009 9:38pm Institute for Aging Research study finds delirium presentation predicts mortality Boston, Mass, 09 july 2009—The way certain patients present in the post-acute hospital setting with delirium, a common, preventable but life-threatening acute confusional state, predicts mortality, according to a study conducted by the Institute for Aging Researc ... Read on »
Delirium Presentation Predicts M ... by Dr. Rubens D. Medical Doctor Posted Sat 18 Jul 2009 10:33pm Delirium Presentation Predicts Mortality 19 july 2009--The way certain patients present in the post-acute hospital setting with delirium, a common, preventable but life-threatening acute confusional state, predicts mortality, according to a study conducted by the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife. Patients with severe, hy ... Read on »
Say It Isn't So by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted Wed 26 May 2010 2:38pm My very first post on "Perspectives on Aging" dealt with dementia. I reported on a study that found exercise could decrease the risk of becoming demented. Since then I've blogged about dementia in general and Alzheimer's disease in particular 5 more times without a whole lot of encouraging news. The bad news just got a little worse: a recent Nati ... Read on »
Aricept Redux by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted Mon 03 Nov 2008 9:01pm Three months ago I wrote a column arguing that in the U.S. we over-use donepezil (Aricept), a drug widely touted as helpful in early Alzheimer’s disease (“Americans, Alzheimer’s, and Aricept,” February 1, 2006). In Britain, by contrast, careful review of all the available studies led to the recommendation by NICE (the independent National Institute ... Read on »
When Lawyers Practice Medicine by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted Mon 04 Jan 2010 7:17am I sat with my elderly parents and their estate planning lawyer, going over documents. The lawyer had updated their will, revised their powers of attorney, and done various other lawyerly things. She handed my parents page after page for them to sign. After an hour of this, my eyes began glazing over. But then I heard her say “and here’s your livi ... Read on »
Medication use and delirium by Brian Wolstenholme Doctor of Pharmacy Posted Thu 30 Dec 2010 12:00am One of the 13 Common Geriatric Problems screened by MediSort Delirium - Delirium is a common indicator or nonspecific symptom of a variety of acute, treatable illnesses, characterized by fluctuating states of consciousness, disorientation, decreased environmental awareness, and behavioral changes. The onset may vary; however, it ... Read on »
Movies, Restaurants, Hotels—and Now Nursing Homes by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted Wed 07 Jan 2009 5:09pm With considerable fanfare, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new rating system for nursing homes in mid-December. Depending on your perspective, the state where I live, Massachusetts, either did very well—it was among the top 10 states in the US—or not so well—it has a lower percentage of five-star and a higher percent ... Read on »
Is the Hospital Bad for Your Health? by Dr. Muriel G. Medical Doctor Posted Fri 07 Oct 2011 2:50pm Decreasing the risk of readmission to a hospital is a hot area of research. It has been a target for quality improvement ever since a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that just under 20% of all fee-for-service Medicare patients who had been hospitalized during 2003-2004 were readmitted within 30 days of discharge (. The estimate ... Read on »
109 a better Alzheimer's test (actual tests to look at) by Gevera Bert P. Patient Expert Posted Wed 01 Oct 2008 9:07pm This is from Saint Louis University. Supposedly this test is BETTER than the other test for finding early dementia. I took it and had no problems. But I'm not even 40 yet. A study showed this test spotted early stage dementia in more people (no stats given.) This is the test, taken from the SLU site: Saint Louis University Mental Statu ... Read on »
Dazed and Confused Babies? The truth about Nipple Confusion... by Cheri Fraker Posted Wed 23 Apr 2008 12:00am Baby Friendly? The pacifier can be a powerful tool to help infants with feeding disorders. Our bias gets in the way of intelligent treatment plans. Medical research helps clarify garbage pail terms like 'nipple confusion.' A term like that tells me nothing as a feeding specialist about what is going on. Feeding Aversion is the same. Childre ... Read on »