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.

ESC: Atrial fibrillation accelerates brain atrophy

LONDON – Atrial fibrillation in the elderly general population was independently associated with accelerated losses of brain volume and cognitive function in a major longitudinal study. These...

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So much sugar in long-term care

The prevalence of diabetes increases as patients age and gain weight. More than one-third of nursing home residents have diabetes. The overall treatment goals for elderly patients with diabetes are...

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Alzheimer’s patients often had low cerebral amyloid

One in four patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease dementia had only scant evidence of neuritic amyloid plaques, and the finding was almost three times more common among apolipoprotein E...

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New treatment target for hypothyroid elderly

ESTES PARK, COLO. – The latest major guidelines on management of hypothyroidism create a new, looser treatment target for older patients. “This is a departure from the message we’ve given many...

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EEG detects early conversion to Alzheimer’s disease

WASHINGTON – Electroencephalography combined with novel software can distinguish mild cognitive impairment (MCI) from prodromal Alzheimer’s disease years before clinical symptoms become evident,...

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