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For Elderly Needing Home Medical Care, Are Nurse Practitioners the Answer?

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 – Nurse practitioners could meet the growing need for house calls to frail, elderly Americans, but restrictions in some states may get in the way, researchers say. An analysis of Medicare data showed that in 2013, nurse practitioners made more than 1 million home visits nationwide, compared with 925,000 visits a year earlier. Doctors made 1 million home visits both years, the new study finds. The total number of home visits made by all types of health care providers increased from 4.9 million in 2012 to 5.2 million in 2013, the researchers found. The findings have "implications for both house-call providers and nursing education," said lead researcher Nengliang Yao. "If we want to take care of our geriatric population, we really need more providers to do so," added Yao, an assistant professor in the University of Virginia Medical School's department of public ... Read more

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Menopause Before 40? Risk of Broken Bones May Be Higher

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – Women who undergo menopause before age 40 are more likely to get broken bones, and a new study suggests calcium and vitamin D supplements won't eliminate the extra risk. Researchers were disappointed by the finding because supplements and hormone replacement therapy have been thought to improve bone health. The researchers were led by Dr. Shannon Sullivan, medical officer from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They examined the medical records of almost 22,000 women who took part in the Women's Health Initiative. This 15-year study, by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, reviewed the most common causes of poor health and death among postmenopausal women. The study team found that those women who entered menopause before age 40 had a significantly higher risk of broken bones than those who did later, regardless of the treatments they tried. On average, ... Read more

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Marijuana May Blunt Bone Health

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – Marijuana may be bad to the bone, a new Scottish study suggests. People who are very heavy users of pot have more than twice the risk of suffering a broken bone compared to people who only smoke tobacco cigarettes, the study found. Heavy pot users also had lower bone density compared to cigarette smokers, the researchers said. "The take-home point for patients is relatively clear: heavy marijuana use does not promote bone health," said Dr. Matthew Hepinstall. He's an orthopaedic surgeon at the Lenox Hill Hospital Center for Joint Preservation and Reconstruction in New York City. Due to the study's design, the researchers said, they could not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between pot smoking and bone density. However, they did take into account a number of other factors that could affect bone health, such as age, gender, weight, physical activity ... Read more

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More Research Suggests Calcium Supplements May Not Be Heart Healthy

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – New research suggests that dietary calcium in the form of supplements, but not calcium-rich foods, might have a harmful impact on the heart. The study couldn't prove the supplements help cause heart trouble, but its authors believe the finding should give consumers pause for thought. "When it comes to using vitamin and mineral supplements, particularly calcium supplements being taken for bone health, many Americans think that more is always better," said study lead author Dr. Erin Michos. "But our study adds to the body of evidence that excess calcium in the form of supplements may harm the heart and vascular system," Michos said in a news release from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. She is associate director of preventive cardiology at the school's Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. About 43 percent of American ... Read more

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Health Tip: Osteoporosis Affects Men, Too

Posted 12 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Osteoporosis, when bones thin and lead to greater risk of fracture, may be more common in women. But men also are affected. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says men should understand these risk factors: Being older than age 75. Having a low body mass index (BMI). Having lost at least 5 percent of your total body weight within the past four years. Being a smoker. Being sedentary. Having a male family member with osteoporosis. Read more

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In Mice, a Way for Stem Cells to Build Bone

Posted 31 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 – Researchers say they've found an easy way to spur stem cells to build bone in mice – a discovery that could lead to new treatments for bone disease. The team of scientists from the University of California, San Diego used a naturally occurring molecule called adenosine to prompt human stem cells to regenerate bone tissue. The new tissue helped repair cranial bone defects in the mice. Stem cells can become any type of cell in the body. But directing these cells to become muscle, bone or skin – a process known as differentiation – requires lengthy steps, according to the researchers. Stem-cell-derived tissues can also develop a type of tumor called teratomas – when cells differentiate the wrong way. The research team found that adding adenosine to the stem cell process helped build bone tissue in mice without any teratoma formation. The study was published ... Read more

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Calcium Supplements Might Raise Older Women's Dementia Risk

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – Taking calcium supplements with the hope of keeping osteoporosis at bay may raise an older woman's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. And that seems particularly true if a woman has already sustained an event causing poor blood flow to the brain (cerebrovascular disease), such as from a stroke, researchers said. The study can't prove cause-and-effect. However, dementia risk was seven times higher in female stroke survivors who took calcium supplements, compared to women with a history of stroke who didn't use the supplements, the findings showed. The risk of dementia also was three times higher in women with white matter brain lesions who took calcium supplements, compared to women with white matter lesions who didn't take the supplements. Lesions in white matter tissue are evidence of a mini-stroke or some other problem impeding blood flow within the ... Read more

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Injected Drug May Help Fight Osteoporosis in Women

Posted 16 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – An experimental drug appears to reduce the risk of bone fractures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis better than a placebo and the currently available drug, a new study finds. In this phase 3 trial funded by the drug's maker, Radius Health, fewer women on the injectable drug abaloparatide had spine fractures (0.58 percent) than women receiving a placebo (4.22 percent) and slightly fewer than those taking a similar injectable drug, teriparatide (Forteo) (0.84 percent). "If this gets approved, and there is no reason to think it won't, this will be the second drug available for the treatment of high-risk osteoporosis," said lead researcher Dr. Paul Miller of the Colorado Center for Bone Research. Forteo has been in use for the past 16 years, he said. Abaloparatide works differently from Forteo and improves bone density more than Forteo, Miller said. Women ... Read more

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Living Past 90 Doesn't Doom You to Disease, Disability

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2016 – What if you could live well into your 90s and still be in good health? A new study suggests that may be possible, particularly if you have good genes. "Chronic disease is not an inevitable part of aging," said Dr. Sofiya Milman, an assistant professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. "An extended period of good health can accompany a long life span and is an achievable goal." Milman is one of the authors of a U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded study on aging. Americans are living longer than ever. In 2014, the average life expectancy at birth had reached nearly 79 years, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. A century earlier, it was just slightly over 54 years. But gains in "health span – the period of time that people live in good health – have not kept pace with longevity, the study ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Falls

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Falling and potentially hurting yourself isn't a foregone part of getting older. To help prevent falls, the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Keep your home well lit, and install night lights throughout. Keep rugs securely fastened, or use a backing that prevents skidding. Make sure shoes have sturdy, nonskid soles. Don't leave electrical cords in areas where you walk. Install hand rails in the bathroom at the toilet and in the shower. Make sure stairways have railings on both sides. Read more

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3 Health Issues That Can Threaten Young Female Athletes

Posted 18 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – Doctors need to be on the lookout for a trio of harmful health conditions in young female athletes, a new report says. Known as the "female athlete triad," the conditions include eating problems, menstrual problems and weakened bones, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Experts now know that all three conditions need not be present together to cause long-term health issues, and that they are triggered by strenuous sports training and not eating enough to meet the body's demands. "Each one of the components really exists on a spectrum," explained report co-author Dr. Amanda Weiss Kelly, division chief of pediatric sports medicine at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland. The report discusses what is known about the triad and how doctors can screen for it during routine office visits. Doctors can ask a number of questions involving eating ... Read more

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Health Tip: Osteoporosis Shouldn't Be Ignored

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Osteoporosis occurs when the bones lose density and break more easily. Though it's a common problem, osteoporosis shouldn't be ignored. The National Osteoporosis Foundation says possible complications include: Broken bones. Chronic pain. Losing height. A hunched or stooped posture. Reduced mobility, which can result in feeling depressed or lonely. The potential need for nursing home care, such as for a broken hip. Read more

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Certain Steroids Raise Risk for Serious Staph Infections

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 – People who use powerful drugs called systemic glucocorticoids are at higher risk for life-threatening staph blood infections, a new study finds. The findings are "a reminder for clinicians to weigh carefully the elevated risk against the potential beneficial effect of glucocorticoid therapy," said study lead author Dr. Jesper Smit, of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. "This is especially pertinent in patients who are already vulnerable to infection," he added. Glucocorticoids – a form of steroids – are powerful immunosuppressive drugs used to treat a variety of medical conditions that involve inflammation. The drugs are "given by mouth or by injection, are anti-inflammatory, and can suppress the immune system," explained one U.S. expert, Dr. Gerald Bernstein. "Usually, short-term use in otherwise healthy people does not cause a problem, but long term ... Read more

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Baby's Early Walking May Mean Stronger Bones as Teen

Posted 31 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 – For all those parents who fret about how quickly their baby will learn to walk, read up. British scientists report that toddlers who can walk, run and jump by the time they are 18 months old may have stronger bones as teenagers. The researchers suggested that their findings could help identify those at increased risk for osteoporosis and broken bones later life. "The findings are intriguing, as they provide a link which wasn't previously understood, primarily that how we move as a young child can have ramifications for our bone strength even 16 years later," said lead researcher Dr. Alex Ireland. He's with Manchester Metropolitan School of Healthcare Science in England. "We believe that stronger muscles could act as a 'marker' for this," Ireland said in a university news release. "Being more active gives you stronger muscles, which can then apply bigger forces ... Read more

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Men Miss Out on Bone Loss Screening

Posted 12 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Unlike women, men at risk for osteoporosis don't get routinely screened for bone loss, a new study shows. As a result, men may not receive treatment or take the steps necessary to protect their bone health, the researchers found. "Women have a screening safety net," Dr. Mary Ruppe, a Houston Methodist Hospital endocrinologist, said in a hospital news release. "Between their primary care physician and ob-gyn, women will begin bone density screenings at the appropriate age. Men are less likely to have routine primary care checkups and don't receive preventative care similar to what is provided for women." Osteoporosis is a condition that commonly affects women. But, millions of men are also at risk for the disease, which causes the bones to become weak and brittle. In the United States, roughly 1.5 million men older than 65 have osteoporosis, the researchers ... Read more

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