Educating clinicians through academic detailing is an effective way of enhancing clinical decision making to optimize therapeutic outcomes.
The most common gynecologic malignancy in the elderly may become more common as the metabolic
syndrome increases. Is metformin a promising adjuvant therapy?
Pharmacists, as collaborators in geriatric urologic care, can identify medication etiologies of urinary incontinence, raise awareness of these issues, and provide caregiver guidance.
In the elderly, dyspnea on exertion is a more common manifestation of myocardial ischemia than is chest pain.
The pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility of this condition can contribute to functional disability in seniors.
Adverse drug events are thought to account for more than 10% of ED visits and 25% of hospital admissions in older patients.
According to the CDC, 75% of patients
with hepatitis C are baby boomers; testing, early diagnosis, and
treatment can prevent liver damage, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.
Pain may be under-recognized in patients who have cognitive or sensory impairments or difficulties with language or speech;
it is frequently undertreated in cognitively impaired patients.
Aging can cause weak or stenotic valves.
Dabigatran is more problematic than warfarin regarding side effects in
patients with mechanical heart valves.
Repetitive brain trauma is associated
with progressive neurologic deterioration in some individuals; later
stages of disease are associated with dementia.
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are associated with a late, secondary peak incidence between 60 and 80 years of age.
Evidence indicates that these agents are linked to increased risks, including bleeding and death,
in surgical patients.
Is rasagiline neuroprotective in Parkinson’s disease? Pharmacists need to rely on current clinical factors.
Navigating across cultures requires tools such as learning
how to listen, empathize, and negotiate a treatment and pharmaceutical
plan with patients.
Since generalized edema is the major
clinical manifestation of this condition, it is often misdiagnosed as
congestive heart failure in geriatric patients.
In conjunction with the rising median age of the U.S.
population, an increase in the use of pneumotoxic drugs to treat
malignancies and cardiovascular diseases in the elderly contributes to
an increased incidence of interstitial lung disease.
The presence of more than 20 moles indicates a higher-than-average risk for melanoma; self-monitoring for warning signs and skin surveillance by a clinician are imperative.
Problems with communication may be a manifestation of memory and cognitive impairment and other contributing factors.
Age-associated physiological changes
render the elderly more susceptible to infection and also predispose
them to antibiotic toxicity.
Degenerative changes of the cervical spine, associated with chronic neck pain
and stiffness, have a strong association with aging.
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