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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State access standards did not improve accessibility to specialists

August 15, 2017
The implementation of specialty access standards by state Medicaid agencies did not result in widespread, meaningful improvements in access to…
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FDA moves slowly on required postapproval drug studies; other agency procedures scrutinized

August 15, 2017
More than 3 years passed before the efficacy of most drugs given accelerated approval by the FDA from 2009 to 2013 was validated, according to…
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Do-not-resuscitate order increases likelihood of dying in preferred location

August 14, 2017
Patients had a significantly greater chance of achieving their preferred place of death with advance care planning that included a documented…
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Lithium superior to divalproex for mania in geriatric bipolar I disorder

August 14, 2017
Lithium and divalproex were both well-tolerated and effective for mania in older adults with bipolar I disorder; however, lithium was associated with…
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Partial Medicaid expansions under ACA pose ‘big consequences’

August 9, 2017
Just shy of 7 months into President Donald J. Trump’s presidency, there have been repeated failures to fulfill his major campaign promise to…
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At-home dementia care improves symptoms, caregiver burden

August 7, 2017
Dementia care delivered at home by trained nurses improved caregiver burden and behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia among individuals…
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Revenues surpass expenditures in majority of medical specialty boards

August 1, 2017
Although medical specialty boards — as nonprofit organizations funded by physicians —have been entrusted to match revenue and…
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Ketamine safe, effective for geriatric treatment-resistant depression

July 31, 2017
Subcutaneous ketamine was safe and effective for older adults with treatment-resistant depression, according to preliminary findings. “As in…
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Falls, syncope significantly high in older community-dwelling adults

July 20, 2017
Rates of injurious falls and syncope were approximately five times higher in older adults who met inclusion criteria for the Systolic Blood Pressure…
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With drastic reforms looming, Medicaid enrollees mostly satisfied with care

July 14, 2017
While the future of the program is in doubt in the current health care legislation debate, across various demographic groups and state expansion…