Geriatrics

Home Geriatrics
Reacting to skyrocketing prices for insulin

New Medicare Benefit Would Limit Insulin Copays to $35 a Month

Benefit will be voluntary; Medicare recipients must pick an insurance plan that provides it
Older age

Age, Sex, History of Diabetes Predict Intubation in COVID-19

Only factors independently associated with time to extubation are age and body mass index
In International Society of Hypertension practice guidelines

Global Practice Guidelines Issued by International Society of Hypertension

Optimal, essential recommendations presented for lifestyle interventions, therapy in adults with HTN
State governors should use "extreme caution" in deciding when to allow visits to nursing homes to resume

CMS: Use ‘Extreme Caution’ in Reopening Nursing Homes

There have been more than 33,000 deaths due to coronavirus outbreaks in U.S. nursing homes
Higher cardiovascular risk burden is associated with cognitive decline and neurodegeneration

Higher Burden of Cardiovascular Risk Tied to Cognitive Decline

Also, higher CV risk associated with smaller volumes of hippocampus, gray matter, total brain on MRI
Spending on inpatient services

Spending on Primary Care Continues to Lag in the U.S.

Authors say increasing investment in primary care could slow future health care spending growth
For patients with inflammatory bowel disease and COVID-19

Corticosteroids for IBD May Up Risk for Severe COVID-19

TNF antagonists not associated with severe COVID-19 in patients with inflammatory bowel disease
Worldwide

28 Million-Plus Surgeries Could Be Canceled Due to COVID-19

About 45 weeks needed to clear surgery backlog if countries up surgical volume by 20 percent later
Millennial and Generation X medical residents and fellows experience similar rates of burnout and have similar levels of empathy

Burnout Comparable Between Millennial, Gen X Residents, Fellows

Length of medical-system exposure, not generational traits, contribute to burnout
Only a small proportion of patients receive home health care after discharge for an acute myocardial infarction

Post-AMI Home Health Care May Lower Risk for Readmission

Patients currently receiving home health care tend to be older, female, have underlying medical conditions