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Study: Antibiotics may slow progression of Alzheimer's

Study: Antibiotics may slow progression of Alzheimer's

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Long-term treatment with antibiotics could help decrease levels of amyloid plaques, a telltale sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to recent study results.

Many with stroke risk get wrong drugs

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More than one-third of people at risk for stroke are given the wrong medications, according to a recent study.

Low-scoring SNFs more likely to accept bariatric residents

Low-scoring SNFs more likely to accept bariatric residents

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Obese nursing home residents are more likely to be admitted to poor quality facilities with high numbers of deficiencies, according to research from the University of Massachusetts.

Rosacea patients likely will have higher risk of dementia

Rosacea patients likely will have higher risk of dementia

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A Danish study found an increased risk of dementia, especially Alzheimer's disease, in patients who have rosacea.

Loneliness increases readmission rates

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In addition to frailty, living alone and feelings of loneliness made elderly patients in a British study more likely to be readmitted to a hospital.

Computers, games might help cognition

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Computer use and social activities like game-playing and crafting could help older adults reduce their risk of developing memory and thinking problems, according to a new Mayo Clinic study.

Antibiotics may fuel delirium that causes SNF placement

Antibiotics may fuel delirium that causes SNF placement

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The delirium that often lands seniors in nursing homes can be triggered by commonly prescribed antibiotics — a culprit doctors might overlook.

Tailored brain fitness promotes memory

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Patients who receive personalized brain fitness training can make cognitive gains, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Music gives second wind to many with breathing issues

Music gives second wind to many with breathing issues

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Patients with chronic respiratory disorders who received music therapy in conjunction with standard rehabilitation saw a marked improvement in symptoms, psychological wellbeing and quality of life, according to New York researchers.

Drugs can provoke urinary incontinence

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A review of prior studies found that nursing home patients, already prone to overactive bladder or urinary incontinence, are often given medications that exacerbate those conditions.

Panel offers new framework for resident care approach

Panel offers new framework for resident care approach

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A panel of eldercare experts convened by the American Geriatrics Society has developed a definition for person-centered care that aims to standardize the approach across senior care settings.

Feds applaud early results from study targeting blood pressure

Feds applaud early results from study targeting blood pressure

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Federal researchers are so convinced that lower blood pressure goals could save lives, they've ended a landmark study more than a year early.

Minorities skeptical about end-of-life care

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Black Medicare beneficiaries are far less likely to accept hospice care or prepare advanced care directives than their white counterparts, according to a new report from Kaiser Health News.

For most seniors, diabetes is uncontrolled

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Only about 30% of older Americans have control over their diabetes, the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found.

Pain driving many back into hospital, CMS study shows

Pain driving many back into hospital, CMS study shows

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About 23% of skilled nursing patients return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge due to moderate or severe pain, a recent study from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services shows.

Latest Alzheimer's discovery looks like a real eye-opener

Latest Alzheimer's discovery looks like a real eye-opener

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Extra sleep can help fruit flies overcome Alzheimer's-like memory problems, according to new research out of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Happy mind could lead to healthy heart

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Gratitude for the positives in life might improve mood and sleep, according to a rare study examining the effect of spirituality on heart failure patients.

Excessive use of catheters is harming residents: AMDA

Excessive use of catheters is harming residents: AMDA

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Urinary catheters shouldn't be used routinely to manage urinary incontinence, according to new guidelines released by The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA).

Ask the care expert ... about often missed areas

Ask the care expert ... about often missed areas

We should go over selecting footwear, socks or whatever the resident prefers to wear — and to be sure that the socks or stockings are cleaned daily.

Playing catch may help to reduce falls

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Catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and may help prevent falls in the elderly, according to two studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

LTC urged to prepare for lousy weather

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New federal guidelines that outline climate threats to the healthcare system find nursing homes are more vulnerable during extreme weather and are less resilient afterward.

Social media prep improves residents' well-being: study

Social media prep improves residents' well-being: study

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Social media training improves the well-being of nursing home residents while also helping them connect with family and friends, according to a two-year British study.

Half-brain theory for stroke rehab tested

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A dozen top rehabilitation centers are testing whether suppressing a brain's healthy side might aid stroke recovery.

Study examines 'elderspeak' tendencies in LTC caregivers

Study examines 'elderspeak' tendencies in LTC caregivers

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Certified nursing assistants are more likely to use "elderspeak," a form of patronizing speech used with seniors, if they are familiar with the resident, the resident has dementia or others are not around, a study finds.

Discovery could speed sepsis treatment

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Nursing home residents might benefit from a new way of diagnosing and treating sepsis made possible by a discovery at the University of British Columbia.

First COPD guide promotes shots, better management

First COPD guide promotes shots, better management

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Patients with COPD should get pneumococcal and flu vaccines to manage their disease and ward off complications, according to new guidelines issued by two of North America's largest thoracic societies.

Depression tool's accuracy questioned

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A familiar tool for diagnosing depression in dementia patients might not be very effective in the nursing home setting, according to recent findings in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Grief could weaken seniors'  immune systems, study finds

Grief could weaken seniors' immune systems, study finds

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The elderly are more likely than younger people to have compromised immunity and experience infections while grieving, according to a British study.

Study gives bathing gloves thumbs-up

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Nursing homes could save money and improve resident skin care by using disposable wash gloves rather than giving traditional soap-and-water bed baths, according to recently published research.

Agencies offer resource for improving LGBT inclusion

Agencies offer resource for improving LGBT inclusion

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Many older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults residing in long-term care facilities do not feel safe being open about their sexual identities, experts say.

Familiar songs ease Alzheimer's: study

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Singing familiar songs may encourage conversation among people with Alzheimer's disease, a small study shows.

Providers warming up to free dementia resource, feds note

Providers warming up to free dementia resource, feds note

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Nursing homes are no longer returning or refusing a free dementia care training resource, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Study: IV feeding guidelines need revision

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Current guidelines for intravenous feeding may need revisions to prevent bloodstream infections more effectively, a new study suggests.

1 in 3 knee surgeries in the U.S. may be 'inappropriate'

1 in 3 knee surgeries in the U.S. may be 'inappropriate'

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Nearly one-third of knee replacement surgeries in the U.S. may be classified as "inappropriate," Virginia researchers found in a new study.

Study takes a closer look at falling risks

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While it is clear that poor vision increases the risk of falling, improved vision might also increase this risk, a new study suggests.

Tool gives providers a leg up when assessing malnutrition

Tool gives providers a leg up when assessing malnutrition

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The calf circumference of residents is a "good substitute" for body mass index when using the Mini Nutritional Assessment Short-Form, according to a study published in May.

Investigators put faith in religious music

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Listening to religious music helps seniors increase their life satisfaction and self-esteem, and decreases anxiety around death, a new analysis shows.

Dementia increases risk for  hospital readmission by 20%

Dementia increases risk for hospital readmission by 20%

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Seniors are more likely to be rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge if they have dementia, and the risk increases if they are taking an antipsychotic medication, according to recently published research.

Feds seek tornado shelters for residents

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The deadly tornado that destroyed a Missouri nursing home three years ago showed that long-term care facilities need to have specially designed shelter areas, says a recently released government report.

Better dementia-related info is needed for families: report

Better dementia-related info is needed for families: report

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Even with advance directives in place, family members making decisions for end-stage dementia patients struggle with the trajectory of the condition, suggests a small study out of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Self-reporting may forewarn memory problems in future

Self-reporting may forewarn memory problems in future

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Men over 60 who self-report memory problems may be predicting later cognitive impairment, new research finds.

Website debuts for HIV-positive seniors

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Clinicians treating people older than 50 with HIV now have a new resource.

Cranberry capsules might prevent UTIs

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Female long-term care residents at a high risk for urinary tract infections who took cranberry capsules twice a day substantially lowered their risk, according to a new study.

Hospitalized seniors likely to need family help, study finds

Hospitalized seniors likely to need family help, study finds

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Nearly half of hospitalized seniors facing a major treatment decision require help from family members, a new study finds.

Chinese extract eases neuropathic pain

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There may be new help for those with inflammatory and neuropathic pain, from a traditional Chinese herb.

Vitamin E slows functional  decline in AD patients: study

Vitamin E slows functional decline in AD patients: study

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Vitamin E could slow down the functional decline of patients with mild or moderate Alzheimer's disease, according to new research.

Quick antipsychotic withdrawal OK: study

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A small Belgian study of people with dementia on low-dose antipsychotics found that abrupt stoppage of the medication, rather than tapering, is a possible solution. Eighty-five percent of 40 patients who stopped abruptly were fine a month later.

Hope for stroke patients may lie in neurorehab treatments

Hope for stroke patients may lie in neurorehab treatments

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Five neurorehabilitation treatments for those recovering from stroke were highlighted in a December Neurology Clinical Practice report.

Low thyroid levels tied to senior mortality

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Older hospital patients who have low thyroid hormone levels have a higher level of mortality, new study results show.

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