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Focus on Geriatric Medicine and Aging

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As our population grows older, new medical innovations serve to preserve the symbiosis of the body and mind. Are novel therapies for Alzheimer's on the horizon? How do we approach joint replacement surgery for an active 92-year-old? What about research frontiers focused on promoting longevity? ReachMD gathers top medical experts and opinion leaders for a month-long discussion of geriatric medicine and the aging process.

As our population grows older, new medical innovations serve to preserve the symbiosis of the body and mind. Are novel therapies for Alzheimer's on the horizon? How do we approach joint replacement surgery for an active 92-year-old? What about research frontiers focused on promoting longevity? ReachMD gathers top medical experts and opinion leaders for a month-long discussion of geriatric medicine and the aging process.
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As our population grows older, new medical innovations serve to preserve the symbiosis of the body and mind. Are novel therapies for Alzheimer's on the horizon? How do we approach joint replacement surgery for an active 92-year-old? What about research frontiers focused on promoting longevity? ReachMD gathers top medical experts and opinion leaders for a month-long discussion of geriatric medicine and the aging process.

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Combination Drug Treatment Reduces Agitation in Patients with Alzheimer's Disease

9/22/2015
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[Read the Article] Agitation is common in patients with dementia and can contribute to distress for patients and caregivers and an increased risk of institutionalization. Nonpharmacological interventions are recommended as first-line therapy, but many patients fail to respond, and medications are often needed. Currently available medications don't work very well and can have serious side effects. A new study tested a combination of two existing medications, dextromethorphan hydrobromide...

Can Exercise Improve Cognitive Function in Older Adults?

9/8/2015
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[Read the Article] Some evidence suggests that physical activity can help slow cognitive decline. A new study evaluated whether a program of moderate physical activity would result in better cognitive function, lower risk of dementia, or both, for older adults compared with a health education program.Researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina evaluated more than 1,600 sedentary adults, between the ages of 70 and 89, and randomly assigned them to either...

Study Examines Death Rates, Hospitalizations, and Cost Reductions for Medicare Patients

9/8/2015
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[Read the Article] America's landmark health care programs, Medicare and Medicaid, celebrate their 50th anniversaries on July 30th. Over the past five decades, the United States healthcare system has experienced dynamic changes, most notably in recent years with improvements in technology, care delivery and health related behaviors. A new study examined key outcomes among the Medicare population over a 15 year period.Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine reviewed the records...

The Natural History of an Exceptionally Long Life

10/19/2010
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Host: Mary Leuchars, MD Guest: Steven N. Austad, PhD The bowhead whale is the longest-living mammal on Earth. Its lifespan can exceed 200 years. What can we learn about fostering human longevity from the extraordinarily long-living animals in what author Dr. Steven Austad calls "Methuselah’s Zoo" (so named for Methuselah, the oldest figure in the Bible, said to have lived for 969 years)? Dr. Austad, professor of cellular and structural biology at the Barshop...

House Calls, Medicare, and Patient Care

5/4/2009
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Host: Lee Freedman, MD Guest: Wayne McCormick, MD, MPH House calls have become a rarity in the US, but were the cornerstone of medical care for most of modern medical history. Dr. Wayne McCormick, professor of medicine at the University of Washington's division of gerontology and geriatric medicine, talks about how physicians are once again incorporating house calls into their practice. How do insurance companies and Medicare reimburse house call visits, and are house calls a viable...

Growing Prevalence of Asthma in Seniors

4/23/2009
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Host: Lee Freedman, MD Guest: Richard deShazo, MD When older patients present with shortness of breath or fatigue, physicians may test for heart failure. Asthma is another diagnosis to consider, since a growing number of seniors have the condition. Dr. Richard deShazo, the Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor and professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, explains how older patients often experience asthma symptoms differently than younger...

Tailoring the Emergency Room for Older Patients

3/17/2009
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Host: Lee Freedman, MD Guest: William Thomas, MD Why are conventional emergency departments less than ideal environments for older patients, and how can EDs be acclimated for seniors? Dr. William Thomas, geriatrician and professor of aging studies at the Erickson School at the University of Maryland, describes to host Dr. Lee Freedman the philosophy behind the nation's first ED designed specifically for older patients, at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Springs, Maryland. How do staffing...

Working With Caregivers of Dementia Patients

1/7/2009
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Host: Susan Dolan, RN, JD Guest: Karen B. Hirschman, PhD, MSW Is there a best-practice approach to working with families of patients with dementia? Dr. Karen Hirschman, research assistant professor in the department of nursing and a fellow at the Institute on Aging in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania joins host Susan Dolan, RN to discuss many aspects of caring for patients with dementia in the hospital and at home. She also shares the progress of the Enhancing...

How Do We Assess Long Term Care Facilities?

12/17/2008
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Host: Eric Tangalos, MD Guest: Charles Crecelius, MD, PhD There are many different types of long term care facilities, including nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities. Dr. Charles Crecelius, clinical instructor of internal medicine and geriatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, explains the services these different facilities provide, and offers some suggestions to physicians about ways to assess long-term care facilities. Dr....

The Genetics of Methuselah

11/12/2008
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Host: Maurice Pickard, MD Guest: Nir Barzilai, MD What is the role of insulin growth factor in longevity? Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and chaired professor of medicine and molecular genetics, speaks about changes in insulin-like growth factor pathways in relation to longevity. The genotype of exceptional age is also associated with improved cognitive function.

The Underpinnings of Exceptional Longevity

11/12/2008
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Host: Maurice Pickard, MD Guest: Nir Barzilai, MD What does the latest research tell us about longevity? Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and chaired professor of medicine and molecular genetics, discusses the development of a study in a homogenous founder population in order to identify the biological and genetic underpinnings of exceptional longevity. The genotype and associated phenotype may modulate aging...

Studying Our Aging Population to Improve Healthcare

11/10/2008
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Host: Maurice Pickard, MD Guest: William Hall, MD Dr. William Hall, director of the Center for Healthy Aging at Highland Hospital in Rochester, New York, discusses with host Dr. Maurice Pickard the unprecedented increase in members of our population age 85 and older, and the role this may play in exceptional longevity. We know more today than we ever have before about disease factors that cause disability and frailty, such as depression, neuromuscular stability, cognitive status and...