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Intranasal Insulin Before Surgery Curbs Postoperative Delirium in Elderly

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Administration of intranasal insulin before gastrointestinal surgery helps protect against postoperative delirium in elderly patients, according to a randomized controlled trial conducted in China. Mounting evidence suggests that “nasal administration of insulin may reduce the incidence of postoperative delirium by increasing cerebral blood flow, reducing inflammation, improving sleep-wake cycle disorders, […]

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Delirium May Be Only Sign of Severe COVID in Elderly: Study

  WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 — Delirium is often the first symptom of COVID-19 to appear in older people, a new study finds. They may have confusion with an altered level of consciousness, disorientation, inattention and other mental disturbances, but none of the other typical signs of the coronavirus infection, such as fever and cough, […]

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Overprescribing of antidepressant medications may be common in elderly patients

In a Pharmacology Research & Perspectives study of individuals living in Olmsted County, Minnesota from 2005-2012, potential overprescribing of antidepressant medications occurred in nearly one-quarter of elderly residents. Potential antidepressant overprescribing was most likely in individuals residing in nursing homes; patients having a higher number of comorbid medical conditions; individuals who were outpatients; those taking […]

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Sociodemographic Disparities in Eyeglass Use Among Elderly

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 — There are sociodemographic disparities in eyeglass use by age, race/ethnicity, education level, and income, according to a study published online July 12 in JAMA Ophthalmology. Benjamin Otte, M.P.P., from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional study using data from the 2015 U.S. National Health […]