Tag: Geriatrics

Study: Physical fitness helps bolster older adult brains

Editor's Note Research by the Center for Longevity at the University of Texas, Dallas, suggests that older adults who engage in intensive fitness practices tend to have brains that more closely resemble those of younger adults, the August 23 UTDallas News reports. The study, which compared high-fit older adults (median…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2023
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Age patterns of COVID-19 mortality by race, ethnicity, gender

Editor's Note This study led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, finds that from the second (November 2020 to February 2021) through the third periods (July to October 2021) of the COVID-19 pandemic, declines in mortality for various racial, ethnic, and gender combinations were especially large for those…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 24, 2022
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Who is most at risk for long COVID-19?

Editor's Note In this study, Japanese researchers found that COVID-19 severity is not a risk factor for long COVID-19, but older age is. Analysis of responses to a questionnaire survey from 127 recovered patients found that: 52% had sequelae at a median of 29 days from COVID-19 onset, and prevalence…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 19, 2022
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Effect of perioperative fall prevention intervention on postop falls, quality of life

Editor's Note This study from Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, finds that a multicomponent safety intervention, consisting of patient education, home medication review, and hazard identification in the home environment, was not associated with reductions in falls during the first year after an elective inpatient surgical procedure, but…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 14, 2022
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Survey: Concerns older adults have when considering elective surgery

Editor's Note New findings from the University of Michigan's "National Poll on Healthy Aging" show that while most adults between the ages of 50 and 80 express concerns when opting to have elective surgery, 2 in 3 are “very satisfied with the outcome” post-procedure, according to a March 9 American…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
March 10, 2022
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Elderly male COVID-19 patients have high risk for postop complications

Editor's Note This multicenter study by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that COVID-19 patients have a significantly high risk for postoperative complications, particularly elderly males. Of 1,581 patients analyzed, more than half were males over 50 years of age, and most procedures (1,261,…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 3, 2022
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Effectiveness of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19

Editor's Note This case-controlled study by researchers from White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, White River Junction, Vermont, and Dartmouth School of Medicine, Hanover, New Hampshire, finds that mRNA vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 decreases significantly after about 6 months. In this analysis of 14,238 male veterans aged 65 or…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 16, 2021
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County-level social vulnerability linked to worse postop outcomes, especially in minority patients

Editor's Note This study from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and James Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, Ohio, finds that patients residing in vulnerable communities characterized by a high social vulnerability index (SVI) had worse postoperative outcomes, and the impact was most pronounced in Black/minority patients. In this analysis…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 9, 2021
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Vaccination status and detection of COVID-19 in HCWs

Editor's Note This study by researchers from VA Boston and VA Bedford, Massachusetts, Healthcare Systems, found that frequent, mandatory surveillance of vaccinated healthcare workers (HCWs) was effective in detecting COVID-19 infections. The analysis included all 431 HCWs at VA Boston and 1,542 HCWs at VA Bedford facilities. Mandatory surveillance testing…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 11, 2021
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Study reveals why elderly, those with preexisting conditions are more susceptible to COVID-19

Editor's Note This study by researchers at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, reveals the cellular mechanism behind why the elderly and patients with preexisting conditions are at higher risk of infection, severe side effects, and death from COVID-19. The researchers detail their discovery that circulating levels of a protein called…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 9, 2021
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