Geriatric Pain Management

Knee Instability Increases Risk of Falls in Older Patients

Knee Instability Increases Risk of Falls in Older Patients

Those who experience knee buckling are at increased risk of recurrent falls.

Families Prefer Hospice Over Hospital for Relatives Dying From Cancer

Families Prefer Hospice Over Hospital for Relatives Dying From Cancer

Earlier hospice enrollment important area to focus on to improve the quality of end-of-life cancer care.

Older Age Linked to Decreased Perception of Acute Visceral Pain

Older Age Linked to Decreased Perception of Acute Visceral Pain

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Decreased pain reporting can cause misdiagnosis, delayed treatment, and complications.

Pain Assessment/Action Strategies Likely to Benefit Nursing Home Residents

Pain Assessment/Action Strategies Likely to Benefit Nursing Home Residents

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System-level interventions that link pain assessments to intervention measures are likely to be powerful tools for addressing pain in nursing home residents.

Treating Chronic Pain in Kids and the Elderly: A Multimodal Approach is Best

Treating Chronic Pain in Kids and the Elderly: A Multimodal Approach is Best

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The extremes of age provide special challenges to treating chronic pain.

High Dose of Vitamin D Tied to Higher Risk of Falls in Elderly

High Dose of Vitamin D Tied to Higher Risk of Falls in Elderly

No benefit on lower extremity function and increased risk of falls for higher monthly doses.

Topical NSAIDs: A Safe and Effective Option for Managing Osteoarthritis

Topical NSAIDs: A Safe and Effective Option for Managing Osteoarthritis

OA affects over 20 million Americans and is most prevalent among the elderly, causing potentially debilitating symptoms of muscle weakness, pain, and joint stiffness.

Algorithm Boosts Pain Management in Patients with Dementia

Algorithm Boosts Pain Management in Patients with Dementia

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Evidence-based approach helps nurses reduce pain in elderly patients with cognitive impairment.

Aligning Pain Management Ratings: Connecting With Your Patient

Aligning Pain Management Ratings: Connecting With Your Patient

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Taking time to consider a patient's pain may help those in charge of care empathize more and alter pain management decisions.

Bursts of HIIT Beneficial for Older Men

Bursts of HIIT Beneficial for Older Men

Sedentary men have improvement in peak power output after six-week HIIT intervention.

Intervention Cuts Potentially Inappropriate Medications in Seniors

Intervention Cuts Potentially Inappropriate Medications in Seniors

Intervention also effective for reducing proton pump inhibitor prescribing.

New Tools Available to Assess Pain in Older Patients

New Tools Available to Assess Pain in Older Patients

The key to treating older patients with pain? "Don't assume anything."

Is There a Place for Mobile Apps in Managing Pain in Older Adults?

Is There a Place for Mobile Apps in Managing Pain in Older Adults?

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Mobile device use is growing rapidly in older adults.

Life Expectancy Increases Seen Worldwide

Life Expectancy Increases Seen Worldwide

Data from 188 countries show average life expectancy is now about 71 years.

CDC Determines Prevalence Of Osteoporosis In Older Adults

CDC Determines Prevalence Of Osteoporosis In Older Adults

Prevalence of osteoporosis 16.2% in adults aged 65 years and older; higher among women

AMA Urges CMS To Adopt New Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule For End-Of-Life Care

AMA Urges CMS To Adopt New Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule For End-Of-Life Care

Two new codes would be established; would be used for conversations about care options.

Spinal Cord Injuries Rising Among U.S. Elderly

Spinal Cord Injuries Rising Among U.S. Elderly

Falls are the major cause among Americans 65 and older, researchers say.

Traumatic Brain Injury May Increase Parkinson's Risk

Traumatic Brain Injury May Increase Parkinson's Risk

Dose-response associations identified for traumatic brain injury severity and frequency.

Exposure To Smoke May Create Need for More Anesthesia

Exposure To Smoke May Create Need for More Anesthesia

Effect seems to extend to patients exposed to secondhand smoke, as well as smokers.

DXA Screening For Osteoporosis Is Both Under And Overused

DXA Screening For Osteoporosis Is Both Under And Overused

Researchers find patients at highest risk for fractures often miss out on tests.

Illicit Substance Abuse in the Elderly: A Growing Problem

Illicit Substance Abuse in the Elderly: A Growing Problem

Cocaine, heroin and marijuana are the most popular illegal drugs abused among seniors.

Supplement Now Available in Mini-Tabs

Supplement Now Available in Mini-Tabs

Osteo Bi-Flex announced the launch of Osteo Bi-Flex EASE, a mini-tab supplement that promotes joint comfort through a novel collagen-based formula.

Costs Associated with Osteoporosis-Related Fractures To Double by 2035 in China

Costs Associated with Osteoporosis-Related Fractures To Double by 2035 in China

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Projections indicate that the incidence and costs of fractures related to osteoporosis will double by 2035 in China, according to new data.

Many Inappropriate Medications Taken by Older Cancer Patients

Many Inappropriate Medications Taken by Older Cancer Patients

A pharmacist-led comprehensive medication assessment can optimize meds

Parkinson's Pain Eased With Deep Brain Stimulation

Parkinson's Pain Eased With Deep Brain Stimulation

Despite long-term pain relief in Parkinson's, STN DBS does not seem to prevent new pain from forming.

Early Imaging May Not Change Back Pain Outcomes For Some

Early Imaging May Not Change Back Pain Outcomes For Some

For older adults with new primary care visit for back pain, no improvement with early imaging.

Abaloparatide Linked With Lower Fracture Risk

Abaloparatide Linked With Lower Fracture Risk

Abaloparatide-SC, an injectable drug being studied for osteoporosis, may reduce the rate of new spinal fractures by 86%.

Acute Pain: Treating Objectively and Effectively

Acute Pain: Treating Objectively and Effectively

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Good screening is key to good treatment.

The ACA's Effect on Prescriptions, Refills

The ACA's Effect on Prescriptions, Refills

Commonwealth Fund foresees only modest increases in use of services.

Science Fiction or Modern Medicine?

Science Fiction or Modern Medicine?

From apps that track pain symptoms to using apps as distractions during procedures, pain management specialists are increasingly turning toward technology in their every day practices.

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