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Hepatitis C Alert: Baby Boomers Should Be Tested 4/18/2014

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.

Metrics to Define and Measure Quality Pain Management 3/19/2014

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.

Mechanical Heart Valves: Contraindication for Dabigatran Therapy 2/19/2014

Aging can cause weak or stenotic valves. Dabigatran is more problematic than warfarin regarding side effects in patients with mechanical heart valves.

Head Injury and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy 1/22/2014

Repetitive brain trauma is associated with progressive neurologic deterioration in some individuals; later stages of disease are associated with dementia.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Nuances of Drug Therapy in Seniors and the Role of Vitamin D 12/18/2013

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are associated with a late, secondary peak incidence between 60 and 80 years of age.

Bleeding Risk With SSRIs: Surgery and Seniors 11/15/2013

Evidence indicates that these agents are linked to increased risks, including bleeding and death, in surgical patients.

Rasagiline Update: Postmarket Evidence and Clinical Considerations 10/18/2013

Is rasagiline neuroprotective in Parkinson’s disease? Pharmacists need to rely on current clinical factors.

Access to Health Care: Influential Factors and Cultural Competence 9/18/2013

Navigating across cultures requires tools such as learning how to listen, empathize, and negotiate a treatment and pharmaceutical plan with patients.

Nephrotic Syndrome: Medication and Other Related Risks 8/20/2013

Since generalized edema is the major clinical manifestation of this condition, it is often misdiagnosed as congestive heart failure in geriatric patients.

Diffuse Interstitial Lung Disease 7/17/2013

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.

Common Benign Skin Growths in Older Adults 6/21/2013

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.

When Communication Becomes Difficult: Is It Dementia? 5/21/2013

Problems with communication may be a manifestation of memory and cognitive impairment and other contributing factors.

Antibiotic Therapy: Adverse Effects and Dosing Considerations 4/19/2013

Age-associated physiological changes render the elderly more susceptible to infection and also predispose them to antibiotic toxicity.

Cervical Spondylosis: Neck Pain, Stiffness, and Associated Features 3/20/2013

Degenerative changes of the cervical spine, associated with chronic neck pain  

and stiffness, have a strong association with aging.

Age-Associated Vulnerability and Cardiovascular Function: Medication Therapy Management 2/20/2013

Age-related alterations in cardiovascular structure and function, current prescribing trends, and “post-hospital syndrome” require pharmacists’ attention and expertise.

Community-Based Medication Management in the U.S. and Australia 1/23/2013

Government-funded, pharmacist-conducted medication reviews are the basis of a collaborative approach to medication therapy management

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (Silent Reflux) 12/19/2012

Laryngopharyngeal reflux, or “silent reflux,” differs from gastroesophageal reflux disease in that it is frequently not associated with symptoms of heartburn and regurgitation.

Vascular Dementia: Potentially Preventable Cognitive Impairment 11/20/2012

Also called vascular cognitive impairment and most often related to cerebrovascular disease, this type of dementia is the second most common cause of age-related dementia, following Alzheimer’s disease.

Focus on the Foot: Changes With Age and Disease 10/19/2012

Age-related changes of the foot and manifestations of systemic disease cause problems including pain, infection, and reduced range of motion.

Alcohol Abuse and Dependence in Senior Women: Risks and Recommendations 9/17/2012

As women age, they are at greater physiological risk for alcohol-related health problems.
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