In the Journals

This feature offers timely executive summaries of the most relevant journals in geriatric medicine. Through peer “Perspectives,” full bibliographical information and links to the original journal abstract, In the Journals are a step wider and deeper than journal reviews health care professionals may be accustomed.

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Two-week methotrexate hiatus after flu vaccine improves vaccine effect

April 13, 2018
Temporarily ceasing methotrexate for 2 weeks following seasonal influenza vaccination improves the vaccine’s immunogenicity, without increasing…
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Experts express concerns about FDA precertification program for health apps

April 10, 2018
In a new commentary published in Annals of Internal Medicine, experts suggest that the FDA’s Digital Health Software Precertification Program…
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More than $500 billion wasted in nonoptimized prescriptions

April 9, 2018
The estimated yearly cost of drug-related morbidity and mortality caused by nonoptimized medication therapy — those prescriptions that are…
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Few patient harm events linked to electronic health record usability

March 27, 2018
Less than 1% of patient harm events from 2013 to 2016 were attributable to electronic health record usability, data recently published in JAMA
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Education, care time unaffected by limited work shifts for trainees

March 20, 2018
Limited shifts and workweeks for internal medicine trainees and interns, compared with flexible models that allow first-year residents to work longer…
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Alzheimer’s patients at no greater risk for hip fracture with long-term PPI use

March 16, 2018
The use of proton pump inhibitors over a long period did not increase the risk for hip fracture in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according…
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US health care spending double other countries, use rates similar

March 13, 2018
The United States spent almost twice as much as other high-income countries on health care, but the use of health care in the U.S. closely aligned…
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Medicare patients less likely to have minimally invasive surgery despite benefits

March 6, 2018
Elderly Medicare recipients were less likely to undergo minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery compared with the general population, even though…
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Probenecid linked to decreased CVD risk in patients with gout

February 26, 2018
Patients with gout who were treated with probenecid had a modestly decreased risk for cardiovascular events including myocardial infarction, stroke…
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Medical cannabis significantly relieves chronic pain in elderly

February 22, 2018
In patients aged 65 years and older, medical cannabis therapy significantly reduced chronic pain and improved quality of life without serious adverse…