TODAY'S NEWS

10/20/2014

What is the cause of this horn-like lesion on an elderly woman's face? Test yourself in our new photo quiz. Click through for the full case report and a discussion of the correct and incorrect answer choices.

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10/14/2014

A literature review examined whether essential tremor is a primary motor disease with secondary nonmotor features, or a neurodegenerative disease that affects both motor and nonmotor domains simultaneously.

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10/8/2014

Flu vaccination uptake is the lowest among long-term care workers, a recent CDC report shows. Given the high rate of mortality associated with flu among older adults, do you think all LTC facilities should require their staff to receive the flu vaccination? ALTC wants to hear from you.

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ALTC TIP SHEETS AND RESOURCES

Practical Research

Reviews

The mortality associated with this disease process is staggering in this vulnerable population. View More
This article provides a brief overview of HBO2 therapy indications, safety and side effects, and its potential role in nursing home care. View More
The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) increases with age and is projected to escalate in coming decades. View More

Ask The Expert

This Q&A with Ramona Rhodes, MD, reviews the balance between medical evidence and emotional investment in the decision to place a feeding tube in patients with advanced dementia. View More
There has been nationwide reporting of greater frequency and severity of Clostridium difficile infection. View More
There is major potential in the year 2014 for improving the quality of nutritional care in long-term care settings. View More

Quality Improvement

A QI project involving a specialized NP led to significant improvements in patient outcomes. View More
The authors describe the perceptions of nursing home providers who participated in a PIPP-funded QI project and completed a survey addressing a variety of QI-related concerns. View More

Case Reports/Photo Quiz

What is the cause of this horn-like lesion on an elderly woman's face? Test yourself in our new photo quiz. Click through for the full case report and a discussion of the correct and incorrect answer choices. View More
After stopping and/or reducing the dose of eight different medications, the case patient showed dramatic improvements. View More
Fluoroquinolone-induced hypoglycemia remains underreported. View More

Commentaries/Perspectives

This is the fourth article in a series from Allan Vann, who has shared his experience as a caregiver for his wife, Clare, who has Alzheimer's disease. View More
This poem offers a physician's perspective on the passing of time and end-of-life care. View More

AGS Viewpoint/Resources

Nonpharmacological strategies for managing these problems are preferred. View More
Providing high-quality care for older adults, many of whom have multiple complex chronic conditions, requires specific knowledge and skills. View More

Medicare Update

How will long-term care be financed and delivered in the future? The 15-member Commission on Long-Term Care recently submitted its final report to Congress outlining its answers to this important question. View More

Special Articles/Ethics

The therapeutic potential of animals in numerous clinical areas has been increasingly recognized. View More
SNFs vary in their strengths and weaknesses, and some may not be equipped to care for the complex needs of individuals who are ill. View More
There is increasing interest in the potential of health information technology (HIT) to improve quality of care, prevent medical errors, and increase administrative efficiencies in the nursing home setting. View More