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Depression Often a Precursor to Falls in Elderly People

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 – Depression appears to raise the risk of falls in elderly people, but the proper dose of psychiatric medication may eliminate that risk, a new study suggests. "Many interventions to prevent falls are expensive and time-intensive, but this is a simple and inexpensive matter of encouraging continued use of psychiatric medication while improving monitoring of fall risk and adjusting medication appropriately," said lead researcher Geoffrey Hoffman. He is a research fellow and an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Michigan's School of Nursing. To examine the link between depression and fall risk, Hoffman's team looked at falls involving more than 7,200 people 65 and older who were part of the National Health and Retirement Study between 2006 and 2010. A moderate rise in symptoms of depression among older people was linked with a 30 percent increase in ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Newborns Safer

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Hundreds of babies die every year from accidents that are completely preventable. What can parents do to prevent a tragedy? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Whenever baby travels with you, always securely strap the infant into an appropriate car seat. The device should always be in the back seat and face toward the rear. Prevent falls by making sure baby is never left alone on any elevated surface. Secure stairs and other unsafe areas with a baby gate. Prevent burns by adjusting the temperature of your hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Never hold a hot beverage while carrying baby. Prevent choking by carefully cutting up food into small pieces. Avoid giving baby foods that pose a choking hazard, such as hot dogs, grapes, carrots, popcorn, peanuts or apples. Make sure baby cannot reach small items that may cause choking. Do not put blankets, pillows ... Read more

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Sleeping Pills Boost Danger of Falls, Fractures in Older Users

Posted 3 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 – Falls and resulting hip fractures can prove disabling and even fatal for seniors. And new research suggests the risk of hip fractures rises soon after an older person is prescribed a sleeping pill. Specifically, older people are at greater risk for hip fractures for two weeks after they start taking prescription sleeping pills. Those pills include benzodiazepines such as Valium or Ativan, and newer "Z-drug" alternatives such as Ambien, Sonata or Lunesta. Even though Z-drugs are often prescribed to help people sleep, "there is no evidence that they are a safer alternative to benzodiazepines in relation to hip fracture risk," said study lead author Dr. Ben Carter, of Cardiff University's School of Medicine and the Institute of Psychiatry, in the United Kingdom. "Our study shows that both appear to significantly increase the risk of hip fracture when newly ... Read more

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Strength Training Might Help Prevent Seniors' Falls

Posted 19 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – Older people are at higher risk for fall-related injuries because bone density and muscle mass diminish over time. But regular exercise can help keep them on their feet, research suggests. More than 800 Americans break a hip each day, usually because of a fall, said Dr. Christopher Sciamanna, an internist at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Injuries incurred from a fall often require surgery, physical therapy and medication. Often, seniors lose their ability to walk and stay independent, Sciamanna said. He believes that many older people could avoid these costly and challenging issues if the medical community's focus shifted from fall treatment to fall prevention. "You can either make your bones stronger by taking drugs, or you can make yourself less likely to fall by exercise. Or you could do both," Sciamanna said in a Penn State news release. Walking and ... Read more

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Hearing Loss May Double in United States by 2060

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – As the U.S. population ages, millions more will face the prospect of losing their hearing, researchers report. Among American adults 20 and older, hearing loss is expected to increase from 44 million in 2020 (15 percent of adults) to 73.5 million by 2060 (23 percent of adults). The increase will be greatest among older adults, according to the researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. In 2020, 55 percent of all adults with hearing loss will be 70 or older. In 2060, that rate will jump to 67 percent. "In the coming decades, there will be an increased need for affordable interventions and access to hearing health care services," said lead study author Adele Goman. She's a research fellow at Hopkins' Center on Aging and Health. Goman and her colleagues projected future hearing loss using data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination ... Read more

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How to Stay on Your Feet During Slippery Winter Conditions

Posted 12 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Feb. 11, 2017 – Before you head outside to shovel the snow off your sidewalk this weekend, heed some safety advice so you don't slip on the ice and land in the ER. It's important to pay attention and take extra precautions while getting around, University of Illinois safety experts say. Even if snow has been cleared from sidewalks, parking lots and other public areas, there could still be patches of ice. There are some steps you can take to prevent slips or avoid serious falls during winter. The university experts recommend the following: Choose the right shoes. Avoid wearing boots or shoes with smooth leather or plastic soles and heels. Footwear made of non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles provide some traction on snow and ice, and will reduce the risk of falling. See and be seen. It's important to stay warm on winter days, but don't let hats and scarves prevent ... Read more

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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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10,000 U.S. Seniors Die Within Week of ER Discharge Every Year: Study

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 – Each year, about 10,000 generally healthy U.S. Medicare patients die within seven days of discharge from a hospital emergency department, a new study contends. "We know that hospitals vary a lot in how often they admit patients to the hospital from the ED [emergency department], but we don't know whether this matters for patient outcomes," said lead researcher Dr. Ziad Obermeyer. He is a staff physician in the Brigham and Women's Hospital department of emergency medicine in Boston. "The variation in outcomes that we observed may be linked to gaps in medical knowledge about which patients need more attention from physicians," Obermeyer said in a hospital news release. Geography and socioeconomics may also play a role, he said, adding that "access to resources varies dramatically across hospitals." The analysis of more than 16 million ER visits showed that the ... Read more

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Snowstorms May Bring Blizzard of Heart Troubles

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 – Snowstorms may leave more than a big mess in their wake: New research shows a sharp spike in hospital admissions for heart trouble two days after these weather events. Hospital admissions for heart attacks, chest pain and stroke actually fell on the day of the storm, the study found, possibly because people can't get out for care. But they rebounded again within the next 48 hours. The reasons for the trends aren't clear, the researchers said. "We're not talking to people and asking them, 'Why did you go to the hospital on this day and not that day?' " said study lead author Jennifer Bobb. Bobb was a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health when she worked on the study. She's now an assistant investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. With emergency travel bans in place during major snowstorms, "maybe people ... Read more

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Work Disability Benefits? Depends on the Doc

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Medical professionals give widely varying opinions about whether claimants for work disability benefits should get those benefits, researchers report. After a disabling illness or injury, many workers seek benefits to replace their lost wages. Insurers provide benefits for employees who are evaluated and deemed eligible. Medical professionals are hired by insurers to evaluate these employees, but there have been concerns about the quality of these evaluations, the researchers explained. The research team, led by Dr. Regina Kunz from the University of Basel in Switzerland, analyzed 23 studies conducted between 1992 and 2016 in 12 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Asia. In 63 percent of the studies, there was only low to moderate agreement in medical experts' opinions about disability benefits claimants' ability to work. Higher ... Read more

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Working Out? Don't Bring Your Cellphone

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Talking or texting on your cell phone may spell trouble during exercise, researchers say. In two studies, they found that talking or texting on a cell phone during a workout lowers the intensity of your exercise session. More importantly, the study team noted that cell phone use affects balance, which can increase the risk of injuries. "If you're talking or texting on your cell phone while you're putting in your daily steps, your attention is divided by the two tasks and that can disrupt your postural stability, and therefore, possibly predispose individuals to other greater inherent risks such as falls and musculoskeletal injuries," study author Michael Rebold, assistant professor of integrative exercise science at Hiram College in Ohio, said in a school news release. Specifically, texting on a cell phone reduced postural stability by 45 percent. Even talking ... Read more

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Protecting Ankles, Feet From Winter's Assaults

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – From broken bones to frostbite, you're at extra risk for foot and ankle injuries during winter. But you can protect yourself, according to a surgeon who specializes in podiatry. "During the winter months, patients should take extra precaution to keep their feet warm and dry when navigating frigid temps, especially patients who have existing health conditions," said Dr. Greg Catalano, a Massachusetts-based foot and ankle surgeon. The first step is to wear proper footwear, he said. "Whether caused by wearing high heels on icy surfaces or just sheer accident, falls are one of the most common causes of weather-related injuries. Oftentime, wintertime falls result in an ankle sprain, or worse, a broken bone in the foot, ankle, heel or toe. I encourage patients to wear low-heeled shoes or boots with a traction sole to help prevent slipping," Catalano said. ... Read more

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Seniors' Health Can Tumble After ER Visit

Posted 6 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 – Seniors treated in a emergency room for illness or injury are more likely to become disabled and less physically agile over the next six months, researchers report. "We know that if older persons go to the hospital and are admitted, they are at increased risk of disability and functional decline. This study shows that patients discharged from the ED [emergency department], meaning that they were deemed well enough to return home, are also at risk for functional decline. We should be doing something to address that," study author Dr. Justine Nagurney, a resident in emergency medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital, said in a hospital news release. The new study follows up on previous research that found older adults suffer from disability and declines in physical performance after they're hospitalized. This time, the researchers tracked more than 700 people 65 and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Hip Fracture

Posted 6 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Hip fractures are serious injuries, especially in seniors. Falls are a prime cause. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this advice on reducing your risk: Keep your home clear of clutter, making sure it is well lit. Install grab bars in bathrooms. Get regular exercise to strengthen bones and muscles, and improve balance. Each year, get an eye exam and a complete physical. Discuss all medications with your doctor, as some drugs can have side effects. Know your risk factors for bone loss and fractures. Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamin D and calcium. If needed, talk to your doctor about medication to improve bone health. Maintain a healthy weight. Read more

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Health Tip: At Risk of a Sprained Ankle?

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- An ankle sprain occurs when the joint moves from its normal position, stretching and tearing nearby ligaments. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says activities that raise your chances of getting the injury include: Working out. Walking or running on a surface that isn't level or smooth. Falling. Playing soccer, football, tennis, basketball, running and other activities that include twisting or rolling your feet. Having your foot stepped on. Read more

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