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Benzodiazepine prescribing increases in older adults

October 1, 2015

In spite of safety concerns, the use of benzodiazepines in adults aged 85 and older in emergency departments and ambulatory clinics has increased, according to data published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Erin M. Marra , MD, department of emergency medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York, and colleagues wrote that several guidelines have been developed, including the Beers criteria and the Screening Tool of Older Persons' Prescriptions criteria, to reduce the prescribing of benzodiazepines.

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Aripiprazole effective for treatment-resistant depression in older adults

September 30, 2015
Adding aripiprazole to existing treatment was effective in achieving and sustaining remission for treatment-resistant depression, according to data published in The

ICD-10: What you should know

September 30, 2015
On Thursday, the health care system will transfer to the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision — more commonly known as ICD-10.

ICD-10 is coming; are you ready?

September 30, 2015
On Oct. 1, the U.S. health care system will begin to use the International Classification of Diseases 10th edition ─ it replaces the decades-old 9th edition. This…
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Researchers determine appropriate use of IV catheters

September 28, 2015
Researchers at the University of Michigan reviewed scientific literature and gathered a group of experts to create The Michigan Appropriateness Guide for Intravenous
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Effects of Physical Environment on Health and Behaviors of Residents With Dementia in Long-Term Care Facilities: A Longitudinal Study

Research in Gerontological Nursing
Online Advanced Release, July 14, 2015
The challenges in investigating the effects of the physical environment on residents with dementia include having a…
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VIDEO: Distinguishing asthma from COPD in elderly poses challenge to clinicians

November 26, 2014
ATLANTA — In this video, Stephen P. Peters, MD, PhD, FAAAAI, FCCP, FACP, FCPP, discusses his presentation on…
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