Geriatrics

Home Geriatrics
From 2006 to 2015

2006 to 2015 Saw Decrease in Medicare Beneficiary ICU Use

Admission rates to the ICU significantly decreased, with large variations seen by state
Most older adults who self-harm are not referred to mental health services

Few Seniors Who Self-Harm Referred for Mental Health Care

Diagnosed mental illness, physical health condition more prevalent in seniors who self-harm
Cataract surgery is associated with a reduction in the rate of cognitive decline among older adults

Cataract Surgery Tied to Drop in Cognitive Decline in Seniors

Decline in episodic memory scores seen with older age slower after versus before cataract surgery
Doing without medical care is much more common among low-income residents of states that have not expanded Medicaid than among low-income people in other states

Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

Seventeen states have not expanded Medicaid, and expansion is an election issue in several states
Hospitalization is associated with lower white matter integrity among older adults

Hospitalization Tied to Brain Abnormalities in Older Adults

Critical illness, major infection linked to smaller brain volumes, especially region implicated in Alzheimer's
Medically supervised

Cases Show Periodic Fasting May Cut Medication Use in T2DM

Discontinuation of insulin, other diabetes medications seen in case series of three patients
Dietary supplements often include active pharmaceuticals

Active Pharmaceuticals ID’d in >700 Dietary Supplements

More than 20 percent of the 776 adulterated products contained more than one unapproved ingredient
Eye trauma as a secondary admission diagnosis is increasing

Eye Trauma Secondary to Falls in Older Adults Increasing

Incidence of eye trauma as secondary diagnosis increased from 14.5 to 19 per 100,000 population
A culturally tailored

Skills-Based Intervention Did Not Cut Systolic BP After Stroke, TIA

But significant drop in systolic BP with culturally tailored program seen in Hispanic individuals
The risk of fragility fractures is significantly lower in women with osteopenia who receive zoledronate than in those who receive placebo

Zoledronate Lowers Fracture Risk in Women With Osteopenia

Older women who received zoledronate had lower risk for non-vertebral, vertebral fragility fractures