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Emerging Technologies
for Chronic Disease Care

The national health policy organization NEHI identifies the technologies with the greatest potential to improve care and reduce costs for providers, patients, and payers. Read more »

Critical Aspects of Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Variations in older adults’ health status increase the challenge of accurate cancer diagnoses. The lack of data from elder-specific clinical trials exacerbates the problem. Read more »

Elevated TSH Levels:
To Treat or Not to Treat?

A new study suggests that for many patients, treatment for mild thyroid-stimulating hormone elevations may no longer be warranted. Read more »
Editor's E-Note
Because of growing concern about food insufficiency among the elderly, it’s important for physicians to ascertain elders’ nutritional status. The frail elderly are significantly more likely to fail to meet nutritional needs than those who are not frail, according to a recent study.

Associated with poorer nutritional status, food insufficiency influences elders’ physical function and increases risk of falls, healthcare spending, and risk of premature mortality. Elders designated as frail are frequently older, female, and often less educated; smoke; and have a lower income level.

Clinicians can take the lead in targeting interventions and promoting access to nutritious foods. Some communities and nonprofit organizations offer programs that provide a solution. It’s worthwhile looking into such programs.

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Best wishes from all of us at Aging Well magazine for joyous holidays and a happy, healthy 2013!

— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Frail Older Adults Are More Likely
to Be Food Insufficient

A national study of older Americans shows that those who have limited mobility and low physical activity, scientifically categorized as frail, are five times more likely to report that they often don’t have enough to eat, defined as food insufficiency, compared with older adults who are not frail.

The nationally representative study of more than 4,700 adults in the United States over the age of 60 used data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The results were published online in the British Journal of Nutrition.

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Other Aging News
Hospitals Test Alternatives
to Hypertension Drugs

Researchers are testing a nondrug alternative to treat drug-resistant hypertension, according to an article in The Columbus Dispatch.

Hypnosis Works on Hot Flashes
Could hypnosis provide postmenopausal women with a reduction in severity and duration of hot flashes? An article in the Los Angeles Times suggests it might.

Alzheimer’s Precursors Evident Early
Research indicates that it’s likely the human brain begins to deteriorate years before a patient exhibits symptoms of dementia, according to a recent article in The New York Times.

Traction on an Alzheimer’s Cure
The launch of a clinical trial of a tau-targeted drug against Alzheimer’s disease indicates research has taken a tack in a direction different from drugs previously aimed at beta amyloid in the brain, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Professionals of Note in Geriatric Medicine
Deadline is December 31, 2012

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.
  • A professional who has overcome significant challenges in his or her career, rising to a high level of achievement and inspiration.
  • A professional who has developed innovative programs or original techniques that have advanced geriatrics treatment.
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
DataDancer Medical Systems and iMobLife have launched bpSalsa, an FDA-listed iPhone blood pressure app that directly compares the performance of different blood pressure treatments. Patients use a personal blood pressure monitor and bpSalsa to track blood pressure related to various treatments and view a graph comparing the performance of each. Once a patient finds the optimal treatment, bpSalsa continues to monitor performance. Learn more »

Rx Timer Cap
The Rx Timer Cap is a new easy-to-use “smart cap” that helps patients take medication on time according to their prescriptions. Available for free to many pharmacy customers nationwide, it features a built-in LCD timer that automatically counts the hours and minutes since a patient last took the medication. This smart cap replaces the regular prescription vial cap. The simple act of opening and closing the medication container resets the automatic pill timer. Learn more »
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