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Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration has approved pimavanserin for the indication of hallucinations and delusions associated with psychosis in Parkinson’s disease.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

Patients with rosacea, particularly those older than 60, have an increased risk of being diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to Alexander Egeberg, MD, PhD, and his associates. Their findings are published in the Annals of Neurology.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

Dear Dr. Jeff:

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

Antibiotic use may drive Clostridium difficile transmission within long-term care facilities, according to the results of a recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

Screening asymptomatic patients admitted through the ED for occult Clostridium difficile infection, then isolating those found to be carriers throughout their hospital stay, substantially reduced the incidence of hospital-acquired C. difficile infection in a tertiary acute-care hospital, according to a report published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

AMSTERDAM — Clostridium difficile infections are a major driver of death and nursing home placement in Americans older than 65, according to research presented at a major international conference on infectious diseases.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

VANCOUVER — An extended-release amantadine formulation reduced levodopa-induced dyskinesia in a phase III Parkinson’s disease trial from the drug’s developer, Adamas Pharmaceuticals.

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

Yes, you read that correctly. Historically, I’ve been the kind of curmudgeon who grumbles constantly about how governmental agencies like the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have no clue about what’s really going on, how they have their heads buried in the sand (or elsewhere), and how unfair their policies are — probably much to the annoyance of those around me, since nobody likes a sarcastic complainer. “What’s with this 3-day qualifying stay nonsense?” “Observation status? The hospital is the hospital!” “Oh, they’ll pay $7000 a month for a patient to live in a nursing home...

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

ORLANDO, FL — A panel of experts presented several pearls and strategies to begin “rational deprescribing” to combat polypharmacy in nursing home residents. Ariel Cole, MD, CMD, described a typical scenario for a new admission during a session at the 2016 Annual Conference:

Caring for the Ages
June 1, 2016

ORLANDO, FL — Caring for the Ages Editor in Chief Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD, HMDC, and other Society leaders led an audience through a sometimes mystifying maze of policy issues that affect practice and reimbursement, here at the Society’s Annual Conference.