There's a tremendous lack of evidence-based research practices in nursing homes and much of what happens every day is based on belief rather than fact. We need to embrace research as a way to improve quality standards for long-term care residents.
Alzheimer's researchers — or the public relations machines breathlessly trumpeting their work — should chill out. I see so much of this type of Alzheimer's news that it's hard to get excited when yet another AD press release comes in. So it was with a reluctant click of the mouse that I opened an Alzheimer's-related report from the New York Academy of Sciences last week. I'm glad that I did.
Here we go again: This week saw the release of yet another breathless study claiming the cure for Alzheimer's disease is getting closer — maybe.
French researchers recently identified the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in maintaining skin cells and skin healing in advanced years. The discovery could lead to new innovations in wound care and skin-integrity preservation, they say.
More than 110 million Americans watched yesterday's Super Bowl in New Orleans. It's not too hard to see why the game has become our nation's defining cultural ritual. The National Football League also could give us the nation's best chance at progress against Alzheimer's disease.
As if sobering news weren't in deep enough supply for long-term care providers, we've been reminded again why the threat of getting sued usually lingers in the back of the mind.
Oh, happy day! Now here is a study that I think pretty much everyone can get behind. Researchers found that dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa) may be an inexpensive and effective way to help prevent cardiovascular events and reduce your risk for heart disease.
A recent article in "Research Activities Report," an AHRQ publication, was titled "Primary Care Coordination is More Difficult for Patients Who See Many Specialists." The study "suggested" that a patient's high use of specialists might strain the primary care practitioner's ability to coordinate care. Really?
Long-term care providers next week will learn how they stack up against others in the profession when it comes to technology efforts. That's when McKnight's will hold its fifth free Super Tuesday webcast. New research on providers' technology habits and goals will be revealed and discussed at 3 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday. Both registration and the accompanying continuing education credit that comes with the session are free.
In my 25 years as a physician, I've never heard anyone describe themselves as a "functionally impaired patient with chronic multiple conditions," a "long-term care recipient" or a "dual eligible." Yet these types of terms are used every day among healthcare professionals, policy wonks and advocates to describe the very people on whose behalf we work.
A new study links the popular diabetes drug Avandia with an increased risk of heart attack and death, which could have a considerable effect on public health, according to researchers.
Mobile polling, in which election officials bring ballots to nursing home residents and assist with voting, is better than current voting methods for individuals in long-term care, according to a new study.
People who develop Alzheimer's disease typically experience up to six years of accelerated mental decline before the disease presents itself, according to new research.
Adults aged 50 and older made more than 1.1 million trips to the emergency room for adverse drug interactions in 2008, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report.
Elderly adults who consume about two alcoholic beverages per day are at a significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and dementia than non-drinkers, according to new research from Germany.
Advanced technological approaches to treating venous leg ulcers are no match for good quality nursing care and a few good jokes, new research suggests.
Whether you perceive the glass as half-full or half-empty could impact the way you react to pain and other medical treatments, according to a new study into the effects of negative thinking.
Top scientists and other experts are meeting Saturday through Thursday at the Alzheimer's Association's International Council on Alzheimer's Disease in Honolulu. The gathering is billed as the world's premiere forum for reporting and discussing groundbreaking research and information on the cause, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
A large percentage of hospices don't account for patients with defibrillator implants, which can lead to unnecessary—and uncomfortable—shocks to patients, new research shows.
In order to better coordinate care for nursing home residents who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, responsibility for long-term nursing facility services should be shifted from Medicaid to Medicare, suggests a recently released policy brief from policy research group Mathematica.
People who view life with a sense of purpose and who set goals are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease or dementia, new research indicates.