Senior Care

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.

January 20, 2016

Hearing Impairment: Age- and Drug-Related Causes

Approximately 30% of the population over 65 years of age is hearing impaired; ototoxic drugs are a common cause of hearing loss when taken regularly, especially in older adults.

December 14, 2015

Healthy Aging: Raising Nutritional Awareness for Seniors

Age-related changes in economic and social status can diminish a person’s nutritional condition, thus increasing the risk of illness and dependence. Drugs both affect nutrition and are affected by nutrition as well.

November 16, 2015

Recognizing Antipsychotic-Induced Movement Disorders

In light of wider use of second-generation antipsychotic agents, the experience of movement disorders and residual effects induced by antipsychotics remains clinically important in vulnerable populations, particularly the elderly.

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