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Would you trust a doctor to decide if you are an appropriate subject for assisted dying? I wouldn't, neither should you, and my colleagues who are not fortunate enough to be retired will be crazy if they allow themselves to be dragged into the process. Proponents of legislative change should man up and face the implications of their proposals, without hiding behind the medical profession.

Medical Videos

Ask The Geriatrician - The Physiology of Ageing
Ask The Geriatrician - The Physiology of Ageing

Recent Drug Updates

Medical Journal Abstracts on Gerontology/Geriatrics

Current palliative chemotherapy trials in the elderly neglect patient-centred outcome measures

Fri 03 Oct 2014 -  Journal of Geriatric Oncology

Background:The elderly comprise the majority of patients newly diagnosed with cancer. Despite this, little evidence-based data are available on the care of the growing number of older patients with ...

Prognostic factors associated with adverse outcome among critically ill elderly patients admitted to the intensive care unit

Fri 26 Sep 2014 -  Geriatrics & Gerontology International

Introduction: Despite concerns over the appropriateness and quality of care provided in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the end of life, the number of elderly patients who receive critical care ...

Clinical Guidelines

Time to Redefine PD? Introductory Statement of the MDS Task Force on the Definition of Parkinson’s Disease

Dec 2013

This review is intended as an introductory discussion article; it is not the final word on disease..

... definition, but rather an opening of dialog. Each section will start by presenting conversational-style informal minivignettes (in italics) that summarize what clinicians or researchers often mention when pointing out problems with the current PD definition. Both sides of each issue are then discussed, followed by proposals for moving forward. Finally, we will discuss the need for new diagnostic criteria for PD.

Falls: assessment and prevention of falls in older people

Jun 2013

This clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on preventing falls in older people. New..

... recommendations have been added about preventing falls in older people during a hospital stay. All people aged 65 or older are covered by all guideline recommendations. People aged 50 to 64 who are admitted to hospital and are judged by a clinician to be at higher risk of falling because of an underlying condition are also covered by the guideline recommendations about assessing and preventing falls in older people during a hospital stay.

Online CME

e-LfH Dementia

Dementia is becoming increasingly prevalent, both due to our ageing population and improved recognition of the condition. However, the nature of dementia means that managing the condition can pose unique...

Anaemia in old age: common presentations

After completing this module you should know how to: take a history and examine an elderly patient with anaemia, diagnose the common causes of anaemia in old age, and treat...

Clinical Trials

Geriatric Fracture Centers - Evaluation of a Geriatric Co-management Program


The study will assess patients with at least one major AE related to treatment / hospitalization / immobilization in the Geriatric Fracture Center (GFC) group compared to the usual care group.

Improving Dexterous Skills in Parkinson's Disease


Background and aim: Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) exhibit disturbed manual dexterity. This impairment leads to difficulties in activities of daily living (ADL) such as buttoning a T-shirt or hand-writing. The aim of the present research project is to investigate the effectiveness of a high intensity..

... home based exercise intervention focusing on fine motor skills, in patients with PD.

Design: A single blinded randomized controlled trial (RCT) will be performed. Randomization will be done by an independent biostatistician who will use a computerized randomization protocol. A baseline assessment and a follow-up measurement 4 weeks immediately after intervention (end of rehabilitation) will be performed. A follow-up measurement, 12 weeks later, will be done to assess long-lasting effects. Assessments will be performed by investigators who are blinded for the intervention.

Participants: Sixty out-patients with PD will be recruited who report specific difficulties in manual dexterity when executing ADL. Intervention: The patients will be allocated to either an intervention group (n = 30) or control group (n = 30). In the intervention group PD patients will exercise, over a period of four weeks, once/day during 30 minutes a treatment with specific exercises for dexterity. The PD patients, who will be allocated to the control group, will exercise Theraband exercises.

Outcome measures: The primary outcome measures for manual dexterity will be the Nine Hole Peg test. Secondary outcome measures will be the Coin Rotation task, a sensitive screening for dexterity. Furthermore for ADL a modified version of the subscale II of the Movement Disorders Society unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (MDS-UPDRS) will be used. Parkinsonian symptoms will be assessed by the MDS-UPDRS subscale III. To assess improvements in quality of life a modified version of the Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39) will be used.

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