The outlook for the Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab (Aduhelm) is looking up, investigators say. There are small increases in the number of Aduhelm prescribers, and an uptick in patients for whom the therapy has been initiated, they report.
During the study period, 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico reported more than 13,000 norovirus outbreaks and upwards of 410,000 outbreak-associated cases in long-term care facilities.
This newer bariatric population can present equipment needs and care challenges for staff that some nursing home operators are not yet prepared meet, industry observers and researchers say.
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New data from vaccine maker Pfizer and Israel’s health ministry may help U.S. health agencies make a case for recommending COVID-19 booster shots, various sources report.
Clinically significant dehydration is very common among residents with COVID-19 — especially those with dementia or delirium, investigators found. Care providers should be ready with IV fluids and a strategy to help lower elevated risk of falls and death, they say.
Most post-acute care leaders are dissatisfied with their current clinician provider coverage, but some say that virtual care such as telehealth has helped them to increase care quality, according to a new survey.
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In a facility with a 97% resident vaccination rate, the large number of infections shows that a shot alone is not enough to protect the frail elderly from SARS-CoV-2, researchers contend.
A CDC Project Firstline webinar will answer clinicians’ questions on the updates, which include alternative approaches to outbreak response; expanded screening test recommendations for healthcare personnel; quarantine guidance for fully vaccinated residents; and visitation guidance.
In a smartphone-enabled study, adults aged 70 years and older had better cognitive performance the same day that they reported having more frequent, pleasant social interactions than usual — and on the following two days as well. Investigators see social engagement as a modifiable risk factor for dementia.
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Antipsychotic and anti-anxiety prescribing in nursing homes may have an effect on prescribing in local and affiliated assisted living communities, investigators have found.
A booster vaccination campaign that is rolled out without solid scientific justification could lower public confidence in vaccines and undermine messaging about the value of primary vaccination, say two departing FDA leaders and their colleagues.
Parents of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are more likely to receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s than their peers whose children do not have the condition, investigators say. The odds for grandparents are elevated as well.
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Researchers at the University of Michigan have found major differences in potential family caregiver availability — and likelihood of moving to a nursing home — based on the gender, race, ethnicity, education level and family structure of older adults with dementia.
The majority of patients with Alzheimer’s disease would not have been eligible to take part in the clinical trials of the new controversial Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab (Aduhelm), according to physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Convalescent plasma does not reduce the risk of intubation or death for COVID-19 patients, and may actually lead to more adverse events, a new study has found.
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