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Focus on Proactive Treatment
An Aging Well interview with James T. Pacala, MD, president of the American Geriatrics Society, elucidates some of the issues and concerns germane to healthcare providers in their treatment of older adults. Read more »

Reducing the Risk of Warfarin-Related Hospitalizations
Warfarin therapy needs to be managed in an organized and coordinated fashion, incorporating patient education, systematic INR testing, tracking, follow-up, and good patient communication of results and dosing decisions.
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Innovative Sensor
to Stop Falls

Researchers are developing a portable fall prediction monitoring system for early detection of fall risk that can provide diagnosis and treatment before a fall occurs. Read more »
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Editor's E-Note
Sage Products
A recent study has concluded that bacteria that live in tiny mites residing in the skin may trigger rosacea, a dermatological condition characterized by redness and inflammation around the nose, cheeks, and chin. The embarrassing and sometimes painful condition often affects older adults.

The suspect mites are normal inhabitants of the face and increase in number with age and skin damage, such as that sustained from excessive sunlight exposure. The number of these bacteria-carrying mites living in the skin of rosacea patients is higher than in normal individuals, which has previously suggested a possible role for the mites in initiating the condition.

Targeting these bacteria may be a useful way of treating and preventing this condition. Scientists are closer to establishing a definitive bacterial cause for rosacea. This will allow more effective treatments to be developed for rosacea patients.

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Barbara Worthington, editor
E-News Exclusive
Bacteria Released by Tiny Mites on the Skin May Cause Rosacea

Scientists are closer to establishing a definitive bacterial cause for the skin condition rosacea. This will allow more targeted, effective treatments to be developed for sufferers, according to a review published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

Rosacea is a common dermatological condition that causes reddening and inflammation of the skin, mostly around the cheeks, nose, and chin. In severe cases, skin lesions may form and lead to disfigurement. Rosacea affects around 3% of the population, usually fair-skinned women between the ages of 30 and 50 and particularly those with weak immune systems. The condition is treated with a variety of antibiotics even though there has never been a well-established bacterial cause.

A new review conducted by the National University of Ireland concludes that rosacea may be triggered by bacteria that live within tiny mites that reside in the skin.

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Other Aging News
Are Stroke Drugs Better Than Stents?
Studies indicate that prescription medications are as good as interventional procedures, and possibly even better, at preventing strokes. But controversy among experts continues to surround the issue, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal.

New Centers Remotely Monitor ICU Patients
Is tele-ICU use by hospital systems likely to become widespread in the future? Some hospital systems in which it’s currently used find it beneficial and cost-effective, according to an article in the Raleigh News Observer.

At End of Life, Talk Bridges Racial Divide
Because black families are more likely to choose aggressive end-of-life treatment for loved ones, a New York Times article suggests that physicians need to promote discussions with family members regarding end-of-life treatment choices, clearly outlining possible and likely outcomes.

Reduced Reimbursements May Hurt Hospitals
Many physicians have expressed concerns regarding penalties imposed under the Affordable Care Act for hospital readmissions, according to an article posted at FoxNews.com.
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Tech & Tools
MMSE/MMSE-2 Cognitive Impairment
Screener App

Like the paper-and-pencil version, this app can be used to screen for cognitive impairment, select patients for clinical trials research in dementia treatment, or track patients’ progress. In addition to the original MMSE (Mini Mental State Examination), both standard and brief versions of the MMSE-2 are available, enabling healthcare providers to choose the version better suited to patients. Scoring is done automatically, and patient records can be uploaded directly to an electronic medical records system or e-mailed to appropriate personnel. Learn more »

This green humidifier uses no electricity but adds moisture to dry air while resisting mold and bacteria growth. The small, light G-Midifier is ideal for rooms up to 200 square feet and is designed to sit over a forced-air heating register or on any flat surface. Its 13 molded-in tunnels direct warm air upward past a series of polyester fiber water filters where the air absorbs moisture from the filters. The filters use capillary action to draw water from the reservoir, releasing it into the air as pure vapor that can’t dampen furniture or leave mineral residue on surfaces. Additionally, it self-adjusts, adding less moisture as air in the room becomes more humid. Learn more »

SafetyNet by LoJack
Now with a six-month battery life, the SafetyNet Tracking Bracelet for people with cognitive conditions and in danger of wandering provides caregivers peace of mind. The bracelet is waterproof, lightweight, and emits a radio-frequency signal that enables public safety officers to more effectively track Alzheimer’s patients even if they wander into water, wooded areas, or buildings. With a patient’s information entered into a secure database, the system provides 24/7 emergency caregiver support. Learn more »
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