In the Journals

Tamiflu lowers odds of secondary H3N2 infection in LTCF outbreaks

June 25, 2018
In one Canadian province, for every day that passed from the start of an influenza A (H3N2) outbreak in long-term care facilities to the initiation…

In the Journals

Asymptomatic C. difficile carriers key source of nosocomial transmission

June 6, 2018
Approximately 19% of health care-related Clostridium difficile cases at a Veterans Affairs hospital and affiliated long-term care facility, or LTCF…

In the Journals

Reflux drugs linked to long-term pneumonia risk in elderly

April 26, 2018
People older than 60 years who took proton pump inhibitors long-term showed an increased risk for developing pneumonia, according to new research…

In the Journals

UTI antibiotics commonly prescribed for nonspecific symptoms

January 10, 2018
Many nursing home residents in tropical Australia received antibiotics for urinary tract infections because of symptoms that were not specific to the…

Most older adults think nursing homes should require staff flu shots

January 5, 2018
Almost three-quarters of older adults think nursing homes should require all staff to get the influenza vaccine and most said they would be less…

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MRSA clone circulating in pig farms found in nursing home residents

December 12, 2017
An emerging MRSA clone that has mostly been linked to contact with pig farms was isolated in several nursing home residents in Spain, underscoring…

Meeting News

MDRO carriage ‘extensive’ in interconnected facilities

October 9, 2017
SAN DIEGO — Carriage of multidrug-resistant organisms, or MDROs, is widespread in nursing homes and long-term acute care facilities that are…

Pharmacology Consult

Flu vaccine: The other ‘pneumonia shot’

Infectious Disease News, September 2017
Jeff Brock, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, AQ-ID
Being an infectious disease pharmacist and having children has its advantages. Children contract many different infectious syndromes, which allows me…

Meeting NewsPerspective

Long-term care facilities in US lack resources for infection prevention

June 14, 2017
Public health officials reported at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology annual conference that long-term care…

In the Journals

Multi-faceted approach reduces CAUTIs among nursing home patients

May 24, 2017
An approach that combined increased engagement with patients and family and improved training on catheter usage reduced the the incidence of…

Latest menopause research for primary care physicians

October 20, 2016
Approximately 6,000 women reach menopause each day in the United States, according to data from the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology…

In the Journals

Rate of hearing loss increases significantly after 90, hearing aids remain underused

September 15, 2016
The rate of hearing loss increased significantly in adults aged 90 years, according to data published in JAMA Otolaryngology Head & Neck

In the Journals

Physicians more likely to use hospice, ICU care at end of life

July 8, 2016
Compared with the general population, physicians in the United States were more likely to use hospice, ICU care or critical care unit in the last…

Resident-to-resident elder mistreatment highly prevalent in nursing homes

June 27, 2016
At least 20% of nursing home residents have experienced some kind of resident-to-resident elder mistreatment, according to study results. While…

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Primary care providers encounter challenges in incorporating long-term prognosis in care of older adults

April 13, 2016
Despite clinical recommendations regarding the use of life expectancy to inform clinical decisions in older adults, primary care providers experience…

In the Journals

Reduced antipsychotic use feasible in nursing homes, disadvantageous without social, exercise interventions

November 24, 2015
Recent findings show that reducing antipsychotic use among individuals with dementia living in nursing homes is feasible using a ‘real-world…

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Dementia patients, caregivers want funding for support more than a cure

August 7, 2015
Funding for developing and implementing person-centered care approaches for Alzheimer’s and other dementias is more important to patients with…

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Implantable Miniature Telescope retains positive results in 5-year follow-up

July 2, 2015
The Implantable Miniature Telescope showed favorable safety and efficacy outcomes for treating end-stage age-related macular degeneration over the…

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Nearly 2 million Medicare enrollees homebound in US

May 29, 2015
Over 2 million individuals, aged 65 years and over, are homebound or mostly homebound in the U.S., exceeding the population of those in nursing…

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Older patients likely able to maintain independent lifestyle after THA

April 8, 2015
Patients older than 75 years of age who underwent total hip arthroplasty for neck of femur fractures had comparable functional outcomes to younger…