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Is Screening Older Doctors Good for Business or Discriminatory?

A 2017 study in The BMJ found that older doctors had higher patient mortality rates. And a 2010 JAMA survey found that over a third of physicians didn’t report colleagues they knew to be incompetent or impaired.

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Surgery May Be Unnecessary for Certain Humerus Fractures, Study Finds

Surgical and nonsurgical treatments offer similar functional outcomes for elderly patients with two-part proximal humerus fractures, according to a multinational research group.


Study Indicates Most Nutritional Supplements and Dietary Therapies Do Not Benefit Heart Health, Despite Popularity

Nutritional supplements and dietary interventions enjoy widespread use in the United States, but most have no effect on cardiovascular survival or outcomes, according to a group of U.S. researchers.


GERD Associated with Upper Aerodigestive Tract Cancers in Older Adults

Researchers in Louisiana have linked GERD with the development of upper aerodigestive tract (UADT) cancers in elderly individuals, but causality remains elusive.


End-of-life Care: Not a Cost Bogeyman After All?

Per-capita expenditures on end-of-life care have been dropping since 2008, according to a study by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The decrease helped moderate Medicare spending, the study finds. Spending...


Fueling the Debate on Statin Use in Older Adults

The use of statins for primary cardiovascular disease prevention in adults over age 75 is clouded in uncertainty. A recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that statins may significantly lower mortality risk in older adults. That only underscores the need for a large-scale, prospective, randomized clinical trial, researchers say.


Exploring Telemedicine’s Potential in Palliative Care

A literature review found palliative care can be delivered effectively through telemedicine.


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Study Eyes Wider Use of High-dose Flu Vaccine

It is not only the elderly who could benefit from high-dose influenza vaccines, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The vaccines could also save the lives of considerably younger people, the...


Confronting the Geriatrician Shortage

The irony is not lost on Michael D. Cantor, MD, JD: People with conditions related to aging are often the very patients in greatest need of access to primary care, yet they frequently have the most difficulty securing that care.


Disquieting Data on Dementia

The United States’ fast-growing elderly population appears to be on a collision course with a dearth of specialists who care for seniors.