News tagged with geriatrics
Older adults represent an important and growing demographic in emergency departments (ED) across the country, with urinary tract infections (UTIs) being one of the leading causes for ED visits. In fact, UTIs, which can progress ...
Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes Apr 22, 2013 | not rated yet | 0
Digoxin significantly reduces the likelihood of hospital admission due to all causes among ambulatory older patients with chronic heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), according to research presented today ...
Cardiology Mar 12, 2013 | not rated yet | 0
(Medical Xpress)—A fear of going hungry may be leading many older Georgians to skip medications and cancel doctors' appointments as they juggle limited incomes with prescription costs and out-of-pocket ...
Health Mar 05, 2013 | 4 / 5 (1) | 0
Medicare patients who enrolled in hospice received better care at a significantly lower cost to the government than those who did not use the Medicare hospice benefit. The data indicate that annual savings to Medicare could ...
Health Mar 04, 2013 | not rated yet | 0
A study by Queen's University Belfast has found that the dispensing of psychotropic drugs to older people in Northern Ireland increases on entry to care homes.
Health Feb 21, 2013 | not rated yet | 0
Leslye Nathe did not realize the profound effect that Ritalin was having on her mother's Alzheimer's disease until a doctor stopped the prescription.
Alzheimer's disease & dementia Feb 05, 2013 | 4 / 5 (2) | 0
Sports-related concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries have grabbed headlines in recent months, as the long-term damage they can cause becomes increasingly evident among both current and former athletes. ...
Neuroscience Jan 22, 2013 | 5 / 5 (2) | 0 |
(Medical Xpress)—A new study focusing on how people with dementia become lost while driving, how missing drivers are found, and the role of public notification systems like Silver Alert in these discoveries ...
Alzheimer's disease & dementia Dec 14, 2012 | not rated yet | 0
(Medical Xpress)—Being mildly vitamin B-12 deficient could be an indication that some older adults are at a greater risk for accelerated cognitive decline, an observational study from researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA ...
Health Dec 06, 2012 | 5 / 5 (1) | 0
If you're thinking that little old lady driving 35 miles per hour in the passing lane shouldn't be behind the wheel, you may be right. Studies at Rhode Island Hospital, and elsewhere, have shown that our driving abilities ...
Health Dec 05, 2012 | not rated yet | 0
(Medical Xpress)—A Medicare rule that blocks thousands of nursing home residents from receiving simultaneous reimbursement for hospice and skilled nursing facility (SNF) care at the end of life may result ...
Health Oct 31, 2012 | not rated yet | 0
(HealthDay)—People with Alzheimer's disease who take the antipsychotic drug risperidone (Risperdal) to help curb their agitation and aggression may see a return of these troublesome symptoms if they stop ...
Alzheimer's disease & dementia Oct 18, 2012 | not rated yet | 1
A simple six-question quiz, typically used to assess disabilities in the elderly, could help doctors determine which kidney dialysis patients of any age are at the greatest risk of death, new Johns Hopkins research suggests.
Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes Oct 12, 2012 | not rated yet | 0 |
Can you bite into an apple? If so, you are more likely to maintain mental abilities, according to new research from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
Alzheimer's disease & dementia Oct 04, 2012 | not rated yet | 0
(Medical Xpress)—A new clinical study spearheaded by the dean of UCLA's School of Nursing has found a direct correlation between pressure ulcers—commonly known as bedsores—and patient mortality and increased hospitalization. ...
Health Oct 02, 2012 | not rated yet | 0 |
Geriatrics is a sub-specialty of internal medicine and family medicine that focuses on health care of elderly people. It aims to promote health by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities in older adults. There is no set age at which patients may be under the care of a geriatrician, or physician who specializes in the care of elderly people. Rather, this decision is determined by the individual patient's needs, and the availability of a specialist.
Geriatrics, the care of aged people, differs from gerontology, which is the study of the aging process itself. The term geriatrics comes from the Greek γέρων geron meaning "old man" and ιατρός iatros meaning "healer". However, geriatrics is sometimes called medical gerontology.
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