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A simple and efficient urine sampling method for bacteriological examination in elderly women

A simple and efficient urine sampling method for bacteriological examination in elderly women Walter J.S. Michielsen Introduction Urine analysis is crucial for the diagnosis of urinary tract infection (UTI) and for isolation of the causative organism. A representative urine sample has to be obtained for this purpose. Midstream urine collection has become the routine method […]

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Can falls in patients with dementia be prevented?

Can falls in patients with dementia be prevented? Fiona E. Shaw Keywords: dementia, falls Introduction The annual incidence of falls in patients with dementia is 40-60% [1, 2], twice the rate of the equivalent cognitively normal elderly population [1]. Serious injury is more common and one-quarter of patients with dementia who fall sustain a fracture: […]

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In management

In management – The Role of the Physician in Geriatric Medicine in the Ageing Society M.P. Severs There is no right or wrong way to learn how to be a manager or how to manage. However, there are several roles which are common throughout the National Health Service (NHS), but even these are being modified. […]

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Aetiology Of Hyperkalaemia In Elderly Patients

Aetiology Of Hyperkalaemia In Elderly Patients D.A. Power Introduction COPYRIGHT 2001 Oxford University Press COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group

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The association between low diastolic blood pressure in middle age and cognitive function in old age: a population-based study

The association between low diastolic blood pressure in middle age and cognitive function in old age: a population-based study Kena Kilander Background: previous longitudinal studies have shown an inverse relation between blood pressure and cognitive function. Objective: to determine the association between mid-life blood pressure and performance in different areas of cognitive function in late […]

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Chronic haemodialysis for very old patients

Chronic haemodialysis for very old patients Pedro Leao Neves Summary There is in the Western World a progressive ageing of the population, and consequently haemodialysis patients are also getting older. Some ethical questions have been raised as a consequence of the economic issues related to the scarcity of available resources. In this paper we review […]

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Nursing homes in 10 nations: a comparison between countries and settings

Nursing homes in 10 nations: a comparison between countries and settings – Continuing and Rehabilitative Care for Elderly People: A Comparison of Countries and Settings Miel W. Ribbe Introduction Demographic trends and age-related morbidity rates are important determinants of the need for long-term care services, such as nursing homes. In addition, a host of socio-cultural […]

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Hip protectors

Hip protectors – Editorial Tim J. Wilkinson Introduction Hip fractures are worrying. Not only are they common in elderly people, but they are associated with an appreciable mortality and morbidity and are a serious threat to independence. Furthermore, the age-standardized incidence of femoral neck fractures is increasing in many countries [1]. Preventing fractured necks of […]

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A comparison of large volume spacer, breath-activated and dry powder inhalers in older people

A comparison of large volume spacer, breath-activated and dry powder inhalers in older people – Statistical Data Included Valerie Jones Aims: to see if elderly people can use the breath-activated (Easi-breathe) and dry powder (Turbohaler) inhalers as effectively as the metered-dose inhaler and Volumatic system. Methods: 102 inhaler-naive patients (aged 75-101, mean 84 years), without […]

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the pathophysiology of the motor signs in Parkinson’s disease

Review: the pathophysiology of the motor signs in Parkinson’s disease R.J. Meara Introduction The striking motor abnormalities of Parkinson’s disease (PD)-akinesia, tremor, rigidity and postural instability–upon which clinical diagnosis depends have to date eluded satisfactory physiological explanation. This situation is changing as knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the basal ganglia rapidly progresses. Central […]