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Dementia and DSM-5:
Changes, Cost, and Confusion

Diagnostic criteria for dementia will be updated in 2013, but embracing the umbrella term “cognitive disorders” is not without controversy. Read more »

Innovative Stroke Rehabilitation
Robotic therapies are effective in helping stroke patients regain function while limiting disability. Read more »

Sliding-Scale Insulin:
An Ineffective Practice

The healthcare team must design and implement adequate policies to promote the use of newer and more effective insulin regimens. Read more »
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Sage Products
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products and low in fats and cholesterol, has been proven effective in helping to reduce high blood pressure. People who adhere to the diet generally experience success in lowering blood pressure.

But a recent study from Duke University indicates that black patients are less likely than whites to adopt the DASH diet. Knowledge of this finding can be helpful to providers in monitoring hypertension patients.

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Barbara Worthington, editor
E-News Exclusive
Blacks Less Likely to Stick
to High Blood Pressure Diet

People who stick with the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan achieve significant reductions in blood pressure, but researchers have found that blacks are less likely than whites to adopt the diet. The DASH diet, which is rich in healthful foods such as fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy items and low in fats and cholesterol, has been proven to help lower blood pressure.

In this study, Duke University Medical Center researchers examined whether adherence to the DASH diet was associated with blood pressure changes and what factors predicted who would stay with the diet.

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Other Aging News
Overnight Dementia 'Camp' Allows Caregivers Rest
According to an article in Yahoo! Online, an innovative overnight dementia care program offers respite to families and caregivers of dementia patients who are often active or agitated during overnight hours.

Redefining Medicine With Apps and iPads
Gadgets and apps can aid clinicians with diagnosis and treatment, but they need to be used in a measured balance with patient interaction and empathy, according to an article in The New York Times.

New Push to Tailor Treatment for Hypertension
According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists to team up to improve hypertension management.

Knee Replacements Soar Among US Elders
The desire to remain active and independent is driving an upward trend in the number of knee replacement surgeries among older adults, according to an article in The Denver Post.
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Professionals of Note in Geriatric Medicine
To recognize the accomplishments and special contributions of professionals in geriatric medicine, Aging Well magazine will pay tribute to notable geriatricians and other professionals in geriatrics nominated by our readers: their colleagues and peers.
Nominees must be noteworthy as one or more of the following:
  • A professional who is making a significant difference in the lives of aging patients.
  • A professional who has achieved an unusually high standard of excellence in the geriatrics field.
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Submit the names of nominees by  December 31, 2012  along with a summary of 250 words or fewer that describe his or her accomplishments. Professionals of Note in Geriatric Medicine will be featured in the March/April issue of Aging Well that will be distributed at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting in May 2013.

Tech & Tools
HealthClips Rx Prescriptive
Patient Education App

HealthClips Rx patient education app delivers physician-selected educational videos to patients where and when needed. HealthClips Rx allows physicians to create and share educational playlists tailored to individual patients. Patients interact with HealthClips Rx content by flagging sections of video content, inserting notes for care providers, attaching files, e-mailing videos to family members, and sending data to an EMR. Learn more »

Popsicare Blood Pressure Telehealth App
Popsi Cube and Withings have launched Popsicare, a telehealth app for blood pressure and risk factor monitoring dedicated to medical health professionals and the pharmaceutical industry. Popsicare is a computerized solution for capturing and sharing pulse and blood pressure data and medical questionnaires directly from a patient’s home. Simple to use, the Withings connected self-measurement tool connects to an iPhone. Pulse and blood pressure measurements are made automatically once the patient has filled out the questionnaire. All the information is sent via the cellular connection to a secure server accessible online and in real time by the healthcare professional. Learn more »