Geriatrics

Geriatrics or geriatric medicine[1] is a sub-specialty of internal medicine and family medicine that focuses on health care of elderly people.[2] It aims to promote health by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities in older adults. There is no set age at which patients may be under the care of a geriatrician or geriatric physician, a physician who specializes in the care of elderly people. Rather, this decision is determined by the individual patient's needs, and the availability of a specialist.

Raloxifene ineffective for treating AD patients

Treatment with the estrogen-receptor modulator raloxifene does not significantly improve cognitive function in women with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), results of a U.S. randomized, double-blind,...

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ADHD in the elderly: An unexpected diagnosis

A 70-year-old patient with no psychiatric history presents to your office complaining of memory problems. The patient frequently misplaces items, forgets appointments, and has difficulty completing...

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Statins may inhibit flu vaccine response

According to a pair of studies published online Oct. 29 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, statins – a class of drugs widely utilized by older adults to reduce cholesterol – may have the...

Field of Interest: Geriatrics
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Study examines factors driving diabetes overtreatment

Misconceptions and misplaced concerns held by a significant minority of care providers will likely exacerbate the challenge of addressing costly, potentially dangerous drug overutilization in certain...

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ICU care improves survival without raising costs

Compared with care on a general hospital ward, ICU care improved survival without raising costs significantly in a study of more than 1 million Medicare patients hospitalized with pneumonia,...

Field of Interest: Geriatrics
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