Geriatrics

Geriatrics or geriatric medicine[1] is a sub-specialty of internal medicine and family medicine that focuses on health care of elderly people.[2] It aims to promote health by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities in older adults. There is no set age at which patients may be under the care of a geriatrician or geriatric physician, a physician who specializes in the care of elderly people. Rather, this decision is determined by the individual patient's needs, and the availability of a specialist.

Vaccine slashes odds of flu hospitalizations for older adults

PHILADELPHIA – Receiving a flu shot cut the odds of influenza hospitalizations by 56% among older adults during the 2010-1011 flu season, surveillance data show. Vaccine effectiveness was...googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-cta');

Field of Interest: Geriatrics
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The dilemma of using drugs of questionable benefit

Recently, an article in JAMA Internal Medicine suggested that more than 50% of nursing home patients with advanced dementia are on “medications of questionable benefit.” The <a...

Field of Interest: Geriatrics
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Vitamin D deficiency associated with Alzheimer’s

Our relationship with vitamins and supplements may be approach-avoidance. On one hand, if they are beneficial and patients are motivated to take them, we do not complain. This is likely a marker of...

Field of Interest: Geriatrics
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Drink more coffee to prevent a second BCC

AMSTERDAM – Liberal coffee consumption was independently associated with a reduced risk of developing a second basal cell carcinoma in individuals who’ve already had a first in an analysis from the...

Field of Interest: Geriatrics
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ACIP recommends PCV13 for all adults 65 and up

All adults who are 65 years or older should receive 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) routinely in series with 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23), according to a...

Field of Interest: Geriatrics
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VIDEO: Experts offer top tips for flu season 2014-2015

WASHINGTON – Options and opportunity are the keys to navigating the 2014-2015 flu season, according to a panel of experts at a press conference sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious...

Field of Interest: Geriatrics
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