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Calcium, Vitamin D,
and Common Sense

Calcium and vitamin D are essential for older adults’ bone health, but how much is enough? Read more »

Adults With Intellectual and
Developmental Disabilities:
A Unique Population

Treating adults with intellectual disabilities can present physicians with significant challenges. Providers need to develop the skills and sensitivity necessary to effectively treat these patients. Read more »

Unintentional Weight Loss
and Appetite Stimulants

The use of appetite stimulants should be considered only after nonpharmacological interventions have been attempted and found ineffective. Read more »
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Editor's E-Note
An aggressive form of prostate cancer kills as many as 30,000 American men annually; the average age at diagnosis is about 67. The American Cancer Society estimates that about one in six men will be affected by prostate cancer, the second most common cancer in men.

Low-grade, slow-growing cancers can often safely be monitored and treated with watchful waiting, with patients spared the invasive surgery, radiation, or both that frequently closely follow diagnosis. The side effects associated with these aggressive treatments significantly impact patients’ quality of life.

But a new genomic test for prostate cancer can help predict men’s increased likelihood of harboring an aggressive form of the disease. With this improved risk assessment, patients and their physicians can make informed decisions regarding prostate cancer treatment.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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New Prostate Cancer Test
Improves Risk Assessment

A new genomic test for prostate cancer can help predict whether men are more likely to harbor an aggressive form of the disease, according to a new University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) study presented last month during the American Urology Association’s annual meeting. The test, which improves risk assessment when patients are first diagnosed, also can aid in determining which men are suited for active surveillance, a way of managing the disease without direct treatment.

Prostate cancer often grows slowly, and many of the 250,000 patients diagnosed annually in the United States never need treatment, which typically involves surgery, radiation, or both. Most patients with low-risk prostate cancer in this country immediately undergo treatment.

The researchers found that the new test provides statistically significant and clinically meaningful prognostic information and can help identify many more low-risk men who could safely choose surveillance, sparing them from unnecessary treatment and avoidable adverse side effects. At the same time, the test can pinpoint men at apparent low risk who in fact may have potentially aggressive tumors, the authors said.

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Other Aging News
Michigan Docs Can Report Patients Who Shouldn’t Drive
A new Michigan law protects physicians who notify state authorities about older patients whose driving abilities may be compromised, according to an article in the Detroit Free Press.

Do Patients Need to Know They’re Dying?
Disagreement among physicians still occurs about whether to inform patients of a terminal diagnosis, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Group Stops Recommending Routine PSA Test
New guidelines from the American Urological Association on prostate-specific antigen screening emphasize shared decision making between physicians and patients to consider the test’s benefits vs. risks, according to an article in the USA Today.

Research Seeks At-Home Stroke Therapy
In-home therapy holds promise for stroke patients’ rehabilitation, according to an article in The Columbus Dispatch.
Tech & Tools
Pain.com is a pain management resource website for health care professionals that posts daily original content showing the causes of pain, symptoms, and treatments. The site’s Pain Clinic section offers a list of pain clinics in specific areas. Learn more »

A fully customizable, easy-to-use wireless monitoring technology, BeClose allows older adults to age at home while connecting to caregivers. It works with home-care centers to provide greater independence for elders and decrease the costs of caregiving. Caregivers can see in real time the summaries of trends in sleeping, moving around the house, going in and out, and other activities. Learn more »