Senior Care

November 17, 2016

From Fear and Worry to Chronic Pain

A prior history of anxiety, depression, and physical and psychological trauma is significantly predictive of onset of chronic pain in later life. The risk of central sensitization should not be underestimated.

October 14, 2016

Symptomatic Bradycardia: Ophthalmic Beta-Blockers in Older Adults

Beta-blockade is one of the toxic systemic effects of ophthalmic timolol found to be stronger and longer- lasting in the elderly.

September 16, 2016

Ovarian Cancer: Treatment Considerations in Older Women

In the elderly, pharmacodynamic changes can potentially decrease efficacy and increase toxicity of cytotoxic treatments.

August 18, 2016

OTC Analgesic Use in Older Adults: Keeping Kidneys Healthy

Safe use of OTC pain relievers in seniors is an important step in keeping kidneys healthy and reducing the risk of acute kidney injury.
July 14, 2016

Systemic Corticosteroid–Associated Psychiatric Adverse Effects

Use of corticosteroids in the treatment of respiratory diseases and other common conditions in older adults can cause disturbances of mood, cognition, sleep, behavior, and even delirium or psychosis.

June 16, 2016

Polymyalgia Rheumatica: Sudden Pain and Stiffness in Seniors

Risk factors for developing an autoimmune disease include age and gender. PMR affects older adults almost exclusively, and women and people of Northern European and Scandinavian descent are at higher risk. 

May 17, 2016

Male Preconception Health: Impact of Age, Medications, and Other Exposures

 A variety of medications can affect sperm count and quality, and age significantly increases the rate of genetic mutations transmitted via sperm.

April 14, 2016

Postoperative Endophthalmitis After Cataract Surgery

A rare complication, this condition is typically caused by perioperative introduction of microbial organisms from the patient’s normal conjunctival and epidermal flora or from contaminated instruments.

March 17, 2016

Central Poststroke Pain Syndrome

Pain is one of the most common, troublesome, and underappreciated consequences of stroke; it is also difficult to manage, particularly in the elderly.

February 17, 2016

Periodontitis: Risk for Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease?

Although recent studies cast doubt on the notion that periodontal disease may be a risk factor for heart disease, reducing periodontal bacteria that can travel below the gum line to the heart is imperative.

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