Senior Care

February 16, 2017

Myocardial Infarction in Women: Milder Symptoms, Aspirin, and Angioplasty

While positive outcomes with drugs and treatments require prompt intervention, ideally at the first sign of distress, about one-third of women do not experience chest pain when having a heart attack.

January 19, 2017

Late-Onset Myasthenia Gravis: Fatigability and Fluctuating Weakness

In older age groups, men are affected more often and the disease is often misdiagnosed. Triggers include medications such as antibiotics, beta-blockers, and statins.

December 16, 2016

PPIs: Considerations and Resources for Deprescribing in Older Adults

Among the most frequently prescribed medications, PPIs are associated with an increased risk of fracture, Clostridium difficile infection, community-acquired pneumonia, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

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.

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