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Can You Recognize
Lewy Body Dementia?

In the early stages, up-and-down swings are characteristic of Lewy body dementia, which is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease. Early diagnosis is critical for providing the most effective treatment. Read more »

Celiac Disease in Older Adults
Significant medical advances have been made in understanding celiac disease. As the prevalence of mature celiac disease increases, physicians need to recognize signs and symptoms of the condition and effective ways to treat it. Read more »

Kidney Injury

Providers must develop and implement measures to identify patients at high risk of acute kidney injury to facilitate preventive care. Read more »
Editor's E-Note
New research indicates that patients with atrial fibrillation are more likely to progress to end-stage renal disease compared with patients who had chronic kidney disease but did not develop atrial fibrillation, which is among the most common forms of heart rhythm irregularities in older adults.

Patients who progress to end-stage renal disease require either lifelong dialysis or a kidney transplant. Because lifestyle changes or medication could possibly impact factors placing patients at high risk for end-stage renal disease, physicians are eager to understand the biological mechanisms that connect atrial fibrillation to impaired kidney function.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
E-News Exclusive
Irregular Heartbeat Elevates
Risk of Kidney Failure

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research have found that the risk of kidney failure is greater for people with chronic kidney disease who also have atrial fibrillation (AFib), one of the most common forms of irregular heart rhythm in adults.

Many people who suffer from chronic kidney disease progressively lose their kidney function over time and eventually develop a condition called end-stage renal disease, the complete failure of the kidneys, placing them in need of lifelong dialysis or a kidney transplant.

The new study findings open the way for further studies into the relationship between the two factors that could lead to new treatment approaches that would improve outcomes for people with chronic kidney disease.

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I am interested in knowing more about SAMe for treating osteoarthritis. I have read about it on several websites, and it seems to be as effective as NSAIDs in controlling pain but with fewer side effects. Are there any data showing which brand is most effective? Are there any data supporting the contention that SAMe builds cartilage?

Denise Walters, CRNP
Mandan, North Dakota

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Other Aging News
FDA Lowers Doses for Insomnia Drugs
The FDA is requiring manufacturers of sleep-inducing drugs that have been known to impair activity to reduce the dosages of the medications, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal.

Physicians' Pay Tied to Patient Care
An article in The New York Times notes that in a move aimed toward improved patient outcomes and cost containment, New York City hospitals are tying physicians’ income to their professional performance.

Reminders Limit Antibiotic Use
Strategies in physicians’ offices to remind patients when antibiotics are needed and when they’re not can reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing, according to a study described in the Chicago Tribune.

New Tick-Borne Infection Discovered
An article in the Denver Post notes the discovery of a new tick-borne infection similar to Lyme disease.
Tech & Tools
CarePartners Mobile App
Royal Philips Electronics has released CarePartners Mobile, a new mobile app designed to help family caregivers coordinate the support they provide for their loved ones.

CarePartners Mobile allows people to spend more time caregiving and less time trying to determine what needs to be done and who will do it. The app uses mobile technology to communicate, organize plans, and improve health. Available for iPhone and Android, this free app streamlines care coordination, enabling caregivers to communicate in a private, secure online community; create, manage, and view upcoming caregiving tasks using a shared to-do list; assign tasks to individuals and track tasks that require volunteers; and enter tasks for which they’re responsible directly into their smartphone calendars. Learn more »

iDry App
iDry is a newly released iPhone and iPad app designed to meet the needs of the 200 million people worldwide suffering from urinary incontinence. The free app helps urinary incontinence sufferers to log events, track progress, predict future success, identify factors that affect urinary incontinence, and share progress with their doctors. iDry also shows how various interventions, such as exercise, behavior, diet, drugs, devices, and medical procedures, affect an individual’s urinary incontinence. Learn more »
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