Hip Fractures

Altering hip fractures

Altering hip fractures

Why the increasing attention to hip fractures? Is it that they are major traumatic events? Or that they are the most frequent fracture resulting from falls in long-term care settings? Or that around 350,000 occur in the U.S. every year? Or is it that the number is growing despite all the attention given to fall prevention over the past several decades?

Skyrocketing spending on post-acute care shows need for large bundled payment groups, researchers argue

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Post-acute care was the fastest growing major healthcare spending category for government programs between 1994-2009, according to recently released research. The results support large-scale bundled payments as a way to control costs, the researchers argued.

Hip fracture risk is tied to sleeping pills

The class of sleeping medications thought to be safer for nursing home residents than traditional anti-anxiety drugs actually puts them at a 70% increased risk for hip fracture, a study suggests. Following a Medicare Part D change in 2006, physicians started prescribing sleeping pills such as Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata for nursing home residents with insomnia, instead of older benzodiazepines, according to researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Ambien among sleeping pills that increase risk of hip fracture, study suggests

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The class of sleeping medications thought to be safer for nursing home residents than traditional anti-anxiety drugs puts them at a 70% increased risk for hip fracture, a study found.

Researchers say cataract removal surgery lowers risk of hip fracture in the very elderly

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Elderly adults who undergo surgery to remove cataracts dramatically lower their risk for a hip fracture within the first year of surgery, new research finds.

Nursing home residents informed about their exposure to hip fracture risk during trial

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Academic investigators at four locations are sending explanatory letters to over 1,300 nursing home residents who were placed in harm's way during a study testing hip-protecting undergarments.

Undiagnosed neurological condition could contribute to falls, fractures in the elderly, research finds

Undiagnosed neurological conditions such as cervical myelopathy could be the reason for many falls and hip fractures in the elderly, new research shows.

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