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

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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

BackgroundThe elderly comprise the majority of patients newly diagnosed with cancer Despite this little evidencebased 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

IntroductionDespite 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

Anticonvulsants for Postherpetic Neuralgia: Evidence-based Recommendations

This activity is intended for neurologists, primary care clinicians, anesthesiologists, and geriatricians. The goal of this activity is to discuss current practice guidelines and the use of anticonvulsants for the...

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

Systemic VEGF Protein Dynamics Following Intravitreal Injections of Ranibizumab Versus Aflibercept in Patients With Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration (TIDE AMD)

02-10-2014

The purpose of the study is to compare the effect of intravitreal injections of ranibizumab and aflibercept on systemic VEGF protein levels in treatment naïve wAMD patients in a detailed time course.

Dexmedetomidine vs Propofol on the Recordings of Deep Brain Activity Measured Through Implanted Stimulators (DEXPROPAR)

30-09-2014

This clinical trial has been designed to study and compare changes in deep brain activity (field potentials) in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients while awake, and during sedation with dexmedetomidine or propofol. The recording is made through a deep..

... brain stimulation (DBS) electrode implanted for PD management.

The investigators hypothesize that dexmedetomidine produces fewer changes as compared to propofol, and that those changes are consistent and recognizable when compared to activity in patients not exposed to any sedation. Typification of those changes would in the future allow for patients to undergo this surgery comfortably while not compromising the quality of the recording and of the final clinical outcome. The principal variable analyzed is the signal's power in each of the frequency bands, absolute and relative. The analysis will include usual clinical methods such as rapid Fourier transform (FFT) and window fast Fourier transform (WFFT), wavelet analysis, Gabor, and coherence.

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