Geriatric illnesses

Lower Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity Associated With Fewer Serious Infections

Lower Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity Associated With Fewer Serious Infections

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Attaining low RA disease activity may reduce risk for serious infections.

Rheumatic Heart Disease Deaths Decline Worldwide

Rheumatic Heart Disease Deaths Decline Worldwide

While the health-related burden of rheumatic heart disease has declined worldwide, but high rates of disease persist in some of the poorest regions in the world.

Gut Microbiota Associated With Parkinson's Disease Progression

Gut Microbiota Associated With Parkinson's Disease Progression

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An imbalance in gut microbiota may be associated with the progression of Parkinson's disease.

Antibiotics May Not Be Beneficial in Older Adults With UTI

Antibiotics May Not Be Beneficial in Older Adults With UTI

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Antibiotics may not be as effective in treating urinary tract infections in older adults.

CDC: High Rate of Legionnaires' Disease in Healthcare Facilities

CDC: High Rate of Legionnaires' Disease in Healthcare Facilities

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 76% of US healthcare facilities reported cases of Legionnaires' disease.

High Prevalence of MDR Bacteria in Residents Living in Nursing Homes

High Prevalence of MDR Bacteria in Residents Living in Nursing Homes

Multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria can be found in more than 1-quarter of nursing-home residents.

Novel Adjuvanted H7N1 Vaccine Safe, Immunogenic in Older Adults

Novel Adjuvanted H7N1 Vaccine Safe, Immunogenic in Older Adults

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The adjuvanted H7N1 vaccine was safe and immunogenic after 2 doses in adults age 65 and older, according to a new study.

Can Neutrophil-to-Lymphocyte Ratio Predict Mortality in CAP?

Can Neutrophil-to-Lymphocyte Ratio Predict Mortality in CAP?

Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) can predict 30-day mortality for elderly adults with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).

Benzodiazepine Use Increases Pneumonia Risk in Alzheimer Disease

Benzodiazepine Use Increases Pneumonia Risk in Alzheimer Disease

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Risk for pneumonia should be considered when weighing the benefits and risks of benzodiazepines in patients with Alzheimer disease.

Is CMV a Major Contributor to Cardiovascular Disease in RA?

Is CMV a Major Contributor to Cardiovascular Disease in RA?

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An expert Q&A with Florian Kern, PhD, deputy director of research at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the UK, who makes the case that cytomegalovirus is a major driver of cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

High-Dose Influenza Vaccine in H3N2 Season More Effective in Seniors

High-Dose Influenza Vaccine in H3N2 Season More Effective in Seniors

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Compared to infections by H1N1 or influenza B viruses, H3N2 influenza viruses have been associated with higher mortality in older adults.

MDR Organism Isolation Precaution Infrequently Used in Nursing Home Residents

MDR Organism Isolation Precaution Infrequently Used in Nursing Home Residents

Of the nursing homes reporting multidrug-resistant organism infection in the past year, 31% used isolation at least once among residents with multidrug-resistant organism infection.

Oral Bacteria Tied to Cerebral Microbleeds Point to Stroke Risk

Oral Bacteria Tied to Cerebral Microbleeds Point to Stroke Risk

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Microbleeds in the brain that lead to stroke and cognitive impairment may be tied to Streptococcus mutans.

Antidementia Drugs May Increase Risk of Pneumonia

Antidementia Drugs May Increase Risk of Pneumonia

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Researchers investigated the effect that antidementia drugs have on patients' risk of developing pneumonia.

High-Dose Vitamin D Reduces Acute Respiratory Infection in Elderly

High-Dose Vitamin D Reduces Acute Respiratory Infection in Elderly

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High-dose vitamin D supplementation reduced the incident of acute respiratory infection in older long-term care residents.

Improving Seasonal Flu Vaccine Immunogenicity in RA

Improving Seasonal Flu Vaccine Immunogenicity in RA

Temporary discontinuation of methotrexate can improve seasonal flu vaccination immunogenicity among patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Herpes Zoster Vaccine Rates Improved with Electronic Vaccine Tracking System

Herpes Zoster Vaccine Rates Improved with Electronic Vaccine Tracking System

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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are often not appropriately vaccinated against herpes zoster, despite vaccine recommendations.

US National Shingles Vaccination Coverage Rates

US National Shingles Vaccination Coverage Rates

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Rates of herpes zoster vaccination coverage vary significantly on national and state-by-state levels.

Burden of Osteoarticular Infections Increased by β-Hemolytic Streptococi

Burden of Osteoarticular Infections Increased by β-Hemolytic Streptococi

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Patients 67 years and older were more likely to be affected by group B streptococci or group C and G streptococci strains.

Periodontitis May Impact Risk For Dementia

Periodontitis May Impact Risk For Dementia

Individuals with periodontitis have a higher risk of developing dementia than those without.

Link Between Heart Failure Risk and Lack of Pneumococcal Vaccination in the Octogenarian Community

Link Between Heart Failure Risk and Lack of Pneumococcal Vaccination in the Octogenarian Community

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Data from over 5000 octogenarians were studied to determine if non-receipt of the pneumococcal vaccine can be linked to an increased risk of incident HF.

Unnecessary Antibiotic Treatment Common in Nursing Home Residents

Unnecessary Antibiotic Treatment Common in Nursing Home Residents

In suspected pneumonia cases, antibiotics were often prescribed before lab results were available.

Experimental HZ Subunit Vaccine Studied in Older Adults

Experimental HZ Subunit Vaccine Studied in Older Adults

Nearly 14,000 adults age 70 and older received either 2 doses of the experimental HZ/su vaccine or a placebo.

Pain and Itch Highly Prevalent in Patients With HZ

Pain and Itch Highly Prevalent in Patients With HZ

Pain caused by HZ has a large impact on quality of life.

Herpes Simplex Virus Antibody Levels Tied to Incident Frailty And Mortality

Herpes Simplex Virus Antibody Levels Tied to Incident Frailty And Mortality

Antibody levels were associated with unadjusted risks of incident frailty and mortality in community-dwelling older women.

Physical Activity May Not Improve Respiratory Outcomes in Seniors with Mobility Limitations

Physical Activity May Not Improve Respiratory Outcomes in Seniors with Mobility Limitations

Exercise was associated with higher likelihood of respiratory hospitalization than health education.

Number of Seniors Taking Supplements in Addition to Medications

Number of Seniors Taking Supplements in Addition to Medications

Many do not tell their doctors, putting them at risk for dangerous drug interactions.

ACIP Recommends Some Changes For Flu Vaccine Administration

ACIP Recommends Some Changes For Flu Vaccine Administration

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In the 2015 to 2016 season, through Feb. 12, 2016, influenza vaccine effectiveness was 59% against medically-attended influenza.

Booster Dose to Prevent Herpes Zoster Helpful For Seniors

Booster Dose to Prevent Herpes Zoster Helpful For Seniors

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Participants in the study group aged 50-59 had the best immune response.

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