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Home Remedy for Fall Risk
An innovative educational and assessment tool identifies in-home fall risk factors and offers specific information about preventing falls. Read more »

Warfarin Replacement?
Patients with atrial fibrillation are at particularly high risk of developing blood clots, making them five times more likely to suffer a stroke than those without the condition. But the availability of new anticoagulants is changing the treatment landscape. Read more »

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Recent studies suggest that epilepsy may be an important contributor to cognitive decline in AD patients and that antiepileptic drugs could slow or even reverse cognitive losses. Read more »
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Editor's E-Note
Patients with poorly controlled diabetes who have high blood glucose levels before and after surgery experience a risk of serious wound complications three times higher than the risk for diabetes patients with controlled glucose levels.

A recent study highlighted the need for diabetes patients who plan to undergo surgery to maintain tight glycemic control, as doing so can reduce the rate of wound-related complications.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Wound Complications Linked to High Blood Glucose Levels

A new study shows that among patients undergoing surgery for chronic wounds related to diabetes, the extent to which a patient’s blood sugar levels were controlled before surgery affected the risk of wound-related complications. The findings appear in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The risk of serious wound complications is more than three times higher for patients who have high blood glucose before and after surgery and in those with poor long-term diabetes control, according to the study by American Society of Plastic Surgeons members Matthew Endara, MD, and Christopher Attinger, MD, of the Center for Wound Healing at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The researchers emphasize the need for tight control of glucose levels before surgery for diabetes patients at high risk of wound complications.

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Tech & Tools
Holomic Rapid Diagnostic Reader
ThyroMetrix USA has partnered with Holomic to create the Holomic Rapid Diagnostic Reader for smartphones. The HRDR-200 works with ThyroTest, a thyroid test developed to diagnose using a drop of blood on a small test card. The card then is inserted into the HRDR-200, which is attached to the camera unit on a smartphone. The sample is imaged, creating a hologram. Captured raw images of the hologram are digitally processed through a smartphone application to reveal test results. Learn more »

Diaton Tonometer
The Diaton tonometer, a glaucoma eye test, is the only through-the-eyelid, noncorneal tonometer available to general, primary, and family physicians to quickly and painlessly screen for glaucoma in an in-office setting. It provides high reliability of measuring results and enables glaucoma diagnosis in the early stages. Learn more »
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Other Aging News
Fish May Not Help Memory
Has the ability of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids to improve thinking skills been overhyped? An article in USA Today suggests that’s the case.

Falls Tied to Post-Op Complications
An article in the Chicago Tribune outlines a recent study indicating that older adults’ falls prior to surgery may be predictive of postoperative complications.

Night Shifts Not Linked to Mental Decline
A recent study reported in the Orlando Sentinel indicates that middle-aged workers’ night shift work ’appears not to contribute to mental decline but may be detrimental to health in other ways.

Nursing Home Thefts Target Elders
Lack of financial oversight in many long term care facilities frequently results in large-scale embezzlement of residents’ funds, according to an article in USA Today.
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