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34% of older adults in the U.S. are prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs, raising health care costs by hundreds

The prescription of potentially inappropriate medications to older adults is linked to increased hospitalizations, and it costs patients, on average, more than $450 per year, according to a new University at Buffalo study. The research, which sought to determine the impact of potentially inappropriate medications on health care utilization and costs in the United States, […]

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Higher doses of vitamin D slowed progression of frailty in older mice, preclinical study shows

When it comes to vitamin D, most adults exhibit either frank deficiency, which results in clear clinical symptoms, or insufficiency, which often goes undetected. But how that insufficiency impacts physical health and the vulnerability of older adults to frailty as they age has been difficult to determine. Now a University at Buffalo study of 24-28–month-old mice, the […]

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Investigational COVID-19 vaccine well-tolerated and generates immune response in older adults

A Phase 1 trial of an investigational mRNA vaccine to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection has shown that the vaccine is well-tolerated and generates a strong immune response in older adults. A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine describes the findings from the study, which was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious […]

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Investigational COVID-19 vaccine well-tolerated and generates immune response in older adults

A Phase 1 trial of an investigational mRNA vaccine to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection has shown that the vaccine is well-tolerated and generates a strong immune response in older adults. A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine describes the findings from the study, which was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious […]

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Older adults risk ER visits when dentists prescribe opioids on top of other meds, study finds

When dentists prescribe opioid painkillers to older patients who are already taking medication for depression or anxiety, the combination of drugs increases patients’ risk of landing in the emergency room and being hospitalized, according to a recent Oregon State University study. Though electronic health records have improved in recent years, dentists are often still out […]

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Older adults risk ER visits when dentists prescribe opioids on top of other meds, study finds

When dentists prescribe opioid painkillers to older patients who are already taking medication for depression or anxiety, the combination of drugs increases patients’ risk of landing in the emergency room and being hospitalized, according to a recent Oregon State University study. Though electronic health records have improved in recent years, dentists are often still out […]

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Depression worsens over time for older caregivers of newly diagnosed dementia patients

Caring for a partner or spouse with a new diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or related dementia is associated with a 30% increase in depressive symptoms, compared to older adults who don’t have a spouse with dementia—and these symptoms are sustained over time, a new University of Michigan study found. This sustained depression over time is important […]