Clinical

Weighing the cost: treating or ignoring hearing loss in seniors

Having hearing loss and not knowing it might translate into higher medical bills and other health problems for many seniors, two new studies suggest.

 
 
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Antipsychotic medicine proven ineffective for dementia

Antipsychotic medications, such as haloperidol (brand name, Haldol), are widely used in intensive care units, emergency rooms, hospital wards and nursing homes.

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Alzheimer’s Association releases new appropriate use criteria for procedures

The appropriate use criteria (AUC) is available online by Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association as an article in press, corrected proof.

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High-intensity therapy being used in skilled nursing for near-death patients

As the skilled nursing industry prepares for a shift away from therapy as a primary reimbursement driver, a new study raises questions about the use of high-intensity therapy minutes at the end of residents’ lives.

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Some doctors push notion that Alzheimer’s could be infectious

Dr. Leslie Norins is willing to hand over $1 million of his own money to anyone who can clarify something: Is Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia worldwide, caused by a germ?

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As models change, clinicians are poised to lead healthcare into value-based care

"Clinicians are the face of healthcare. We interface with patients, care for them, engage their families and we are a go-to resource in day-to-day treatment."

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Texas nursing home tests positive for legionella bacteria

This bacteria can cause Legionnaires' disease and can be fatal. 

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Study shows breast cancer surgery may be more dangerous than cancer for nursing home residents

Some experts are now questioning why patients who are fragile and advanced in age are screened for breast cancer, let alone given aggressive treatment.

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Nursing home residents experience mystery respiratory illness

An increase in respiratory illness at a local nursing home has prompted an investigation to determine if viruses and bacteria that cause infections such as influenza and Legionnaires’ disease have contaminated its air and water systems.

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Experts push for standardization in Parkinson’s research

This includes recommendations for the types of biomarkers researchers should identify to aid in the development of new treatments.

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