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A high-salt diet affects endothelial dysfunction and tau regulation in the brain, according to new research being presented at the 144th Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association. While it is well known that salt intake is associated with poor vascular outcomes, including stroke and…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Most grandparents don't move medications to a safer location when grandkids come to visit, and most of them also keep pills in their bag or purse when they visit their grandchildren, a U.S. study suggests. More than half of Americans ages 50 to 80 are…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Older women who take supplements with high doses of vitamins B6 and B12 may be more likely than their counterparts who don't to experience hip fractures, a U.S. study suggests. While some previous research has linked both of these vitamins to a lower risk of…
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Acetaminophen use was associated with an increased risk of stroke in nursing home (NH) patients with diabetes, according to the results of a recent study. For those without diabetes, no affect was observed. In order to challenge the results of recent studies that have suggested a relationship…
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By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many preventive drugs could be safely discontinued, with substantial cost savings, in the last year of life of older adults with cancer, according to a retrospective study of Swedish data. Earlier observational studies have cast doubt on the benefit of…
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A new cohort study confirmed a previously reported association between treatment with antidepressants and hip fracture in older adults, but it contained a twist: it showed the association was present a year before antidepressant therapy started. Researchers published results from their…
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The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a fifth indication of Prolia (denosumab) for the treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in men and women with a high risk of fracture. The approval was granted following the success of a Phase 3 study involving 795 glucocorticoid-treated…
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By Anne Harding (Reuters Health) - People in their nineties and older represent a tiny but growing fraction of patients who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), new research shows. And while the rate of death after PCI is higher for these nonagenarians than it is for younger patients…
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Ahmed Hassanin, MD, an instructor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, recently published a case study that he hopes highlights the dangers of polypharmacy in the elderly. The study described the care of an 83-year-old woman with atrial fibrillation (AF) and congestive heart…
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Polypharmacy is a growing concern nationwide, particularly among the elderly, who are taking an increasing number of prescribed therapies and over-the-counter remedies to treat chronic diseases and a host of other ailments. The more medications patients take, the greater the risk of drug-drug…
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