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Of mice and men — and beer

Of mice and men — and beer

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Over a beer one day, tipsy researchers decided to study ... beer. Now, before you install a keg in every nurses' station in every memory care unit, you should know that they didn't exactly determine it was a cure-all for cognitive decline. But they did conclude that the study itself was a darn good idea, and one they intend to repeat every Friday afternoon indefinitely. Just to confirm their results, you understand. For the good of science.

Spare us the false hope about Alzheimer's

Spare us the false hope about Alzheimer's

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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.

Government incentive program encourages nursing home care improvement

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Nursing homes improve critical care areas, such as fall and rehospitalization rates, when they collaborate with the government in a performance-based incentive program, according to new research.

Toxin identified to diagnose fatal Clostridium difficile cases

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The bacterial infection Clostridium difficile is most effectively diagnosed through a method called cytotoxin assay, a new study has found.

Protein presence in urine predicts risk for cognitive decline

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The presence of protein in the urine of those with diabetes can signify a risk for cognitive decline, according to a new study.

Major cause of reversible age-related memory loss identified

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Researchers have identified the main protein trigger of age-related memory loss — and that its memory-loss effects are reversible.

Dementia patients face higher risk of urinary incontinence

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Seniors with dementia are three times more likely to have urinary incontinence and four times more likely to have fecal incontinence, according to a new study.

Common antipsychotic fails as effective delirium treatment, study finds

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Haloperidol, a common antipsychotic, is no more effective than a placebo in treating delirium in critically ill patients, according to a new study.

Seniors with disabilities less likely to recover from fall injuries: study

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Seniors who have a hip fracture or another serious fall injury are significantly more likely to recover if they had little or no disabilities before the accident, according to a new study.

Majority of nursing home hospitalizations avoidable: study

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Three-fifths of long-stay nursing home hospitalizations could have been avoided, according to a new study. The majority of the avoidable hospitalizations were for infections, injuries and congestive heart failure, researchers said. Institutions involves in the study were the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., and Abt Associates.

Residents accept their living situation to stay happy: study

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Researchers from Deakin University in Australia compared levels of life satisfaction among adults over age 65 living in residential care with older adults still living on their own. The researchers found that once adults moved into facilities, their ability to accept their living situation became as important as feeling in control, in terms of maintaining overall happiness.

HIV patients living longer, requiring different care from LTC providers, report says

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Healthcare providers should offer testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in older adults and adjust care for those who have the disease, a new study reports.

Reading and writing later in life wards off dementia, research says

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New research suggest reading, writing and other mentally stimulating activities help preserve memories and lead to less physical signs of dementia in the brain.

Physician, pharmacist important players in long-term care cases: study

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Interdisciplinary teams that include a nursing home resident's physician and a pharmacist improve quality of care, a new study finds.

Verbal abuse frequently hurled at newly licensed registered nurses: report

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Almost half of newly licensed registered nurses were verbally abused at work by their colleagues within the past three months, according to a new study.

When 'Mary Jane' is helpful — but it's not the name of your nurse

When 'Mary Jane' is helpful — but it's not the name of your nurse

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A recent randomized trial showed that marijuana extract pills may help some patients with multiple sclerosis. Apparently, body pain, spasms, and other outcomes responded positively to the cannabis pills. However, there were associated side effects.

Study shows long nursing shifts lead to dropouts, unhappy patients

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Nurses who work long shifts are more likely to leave the profession, and also have dissatisfied patients, a new study finds.

More on caffeine (or 'What nurses know already')

More on caffeine (or 'What nurses know already')

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A new study on coffee drinking habits and results should give nurses plenty of reasons to smile. I can back up the results personally.

Pave the way for all

Pave the way for all

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Eye-opening is the only way to describe results of a new study by Brown University researchers into eldercare usage patterns. In brief, they found that minority residents have been entering nursing homes at a higher rate than previous decades. At first blush, that sounds good.

The votes are in: Researchers find mobile polling helps nursing home residents during election season

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.

Study: Older adults make more than half of all trips to the emergency room for adverse drug interactions

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.

Moderate drinking associated with lower risk of dementia

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.

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