Clinical

New antibiotic for UTI hits market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new antibacterial drug to treat complicated urinary tract infections.  Read More »

Germ-killing paint

Infection control takes on a new hue as some healthcare facilities are painting their problems away. Read More »

The benefits of dysphagia evaluations

Speech language pathologists outline the advantages of instrumental evaluations to capture residents’ swallowing abilities for diagnosing dysphagia.  Read More »

Slightly more people plan to get a flu shot this year

 A new survey from CVS found 61 percent of Americans plan to get the flu shot this year, a slight increase from last year.  Read More »

Combating pressure injuries with innovative technology

One facility shares how it is working to reduce pressure injuries for residents.  Read More »

Wound care treatments lack healing touch

Doctors and patients are turning to new therapies to treat stubborn chronic wounds, but research is lacking on whether they are helping.  Read More »

The 2017 OPTIMA Award winner for Excellence in Resident-Focused Care

I Advance Senior Care is proud to announce the winner of the 2017 OPTIMA Award for Excellence in Resident-Focused Care. Read More »

Purdue develops automatic UTI sensor

The product works completely without caregiver intervention and has higher accuracy rates that over-the-counter kits, researchers say.  Read More »

Growing your own DON

Providers often hire a director of nursing with decades of experience, but one Wisconsin nursing home chose to cultivate its own homegrown talent for the position. Read More »

Overprescribing opioids

Many surgery patients seem to have plenty of prescription pain pills left over after their recovery, and that’s a big problem, says a new JAMA study. Read More »

Detecting muscle and bone loss

Researchers examine a new assessment test to determine a resident’s risk of age-related muscle and skeletal loss called sarcopenia. Read More »

New pharmacy approaches to diabetes management

Pharmacists are adopting adherence programs, collaborating with the clinical care team and reviewing new industry guidelines to maintain blood sugar levels and keep comorbidities in check. Read More »

CDC: Diabetes rates on the rise

Why the next big chronic disease challenge for skilled nursing facilities could be diabetes. Read More »

A winning combination

Over-the-counter pain relievers help resident blogger Kathleen Mears manager her pain. Read More »

Seniors underrepresented in clinical drug trials

A recent Food and Drug Administration analysis found it’s difficult to practice evidence-based medicine for seniors because there isn’t enough data on how treatments may affect them.  Read More »

Gait and cognitive decline

Gait slowing and cognitive decline have a lot in common, especially the hippocampus, according to U. Pitt researchers. Read More »

Mayo: Residents with Parkinson’s need melanoma screenings

Those with the movement disorder are nearly four times more likely to have skin cancer in their history, while those who have had skin cancer may have a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study finds. Read More »

Diabetes and dementia risks

A medication for type 2 diabetes called metformin is the subject of a study exploring the possible effects of the drug on the development of dementia. Read More »

States must beef up LTSS for boomers

AARP concluded in a recent report that states are improving long-term services and supports (LTSS) but aren’t keeping pace with growing demand.  Read More »

Roche acquires mySugr in diabetes management deal

The two companies have been partners since 2014, and are now combining their efforts in diabetes disease management. Read More »

Retirement community tub source of Legionnaires’ disease

Two residents in a Florida retirement community tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease. Read More »

Putting humanity in healthcare

A new interdisciplinary minor will focus on healthcare at the intersection of medicine and healing.  Read More »

Staffing shortage prompts shutdown

A Good Samaritan rehabilitation unit has closed because it has had trouble filling and maintaining necessary nursing levels. Read More »

Study: MS can affect social cognition

The brain deterioration associated with multiple sclerosis can hinder a person’s ability to interact with an accurate social context, says a new study in Neurology journal. Read More »

Teaching seniors how to prevent falls

An Iowa program uses evidence-based findings to help seniors stay independent longer and avoid falls.  Read More »

Artery health related to diet

New research has found aging blood vessels is more of a reflection of a sedentary culture than genetics, suggesting healthy aging is possible.  Read More »

The chronic illness of isolation

Social isolation and loneliness can have such serious effects on mental and physical health that experts are calling them “the new smoking.” Read More »

Mobility aids increase falls risk with dementia

Researchers examine the likelihood of falling when people with dementia use a cane or walker.  Read More »

Substance abuse among older adults

What’s the profile of a drug abuser? Unfortunately, one of the age groups seeing increased opioid misuse is age 50-64. Read More »

Pneumonia antibiotics often ineffective, study finds

A new study found nearly one in four adults with pneumonia did not respond to prescribed treatment. Read More »