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Studies in Healthy Older People Aim To Prevent Alzheimer's Print E-mail
Written by Marilynn Marchione | AP   
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 12:16
It may be too late to stop Alzheimer's in people who already have some mental decline. But what if a treatment could target the very earliest brain changes while memory and thinking skills are still intact, in hope of preventing the disease? Two big studies are going all out to try. Clinics throughout the United States and some other countries are signing up participants - the only studies of this type enrolling healthy older people.
"The excitement in the Alzheimer's field right now is prevention," said Dr. Eric Reiman, executive director of the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Phoenix, which is leading the work.
Science so far has failed to find a drug that can alter the progression of Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia; 146 attempts have failed over the last decade, a recent industry report found. Even drugs that help remove the sticky plaques that clog the brains of people with the disease have not yet proved able to stave off mental decline. It may be that they were tried too late, like lowering cholesterol after someone has suffered a heart attack whose damage can't be undone, according to Dr. Reiman.
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Last Updated on Monday, 19 November 2018 17:52
Fish oil for cardiovascular health: study results conflict Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:00
Amarin share prices nearly quadrupled after the biopharmaceutical company's fish oil capsule showed dramatic benefits to heart patients in a clinical trial, according to a report posted to on 9.24.18 and written by Berkeley Lovelace, Jr. and Michelle Fox. Amarin says its capsule, Vascepa, significantly reduced the risk of serious cardiovascular events over a placebo in a trial of 8,179 statin-treated adults with elevated cardiovascular risk. View article>>

These results conflict with a study released over the summer that demonstrates no benefit from fish oil. See study>>

Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2018 12:30
Greystone Names Patrizia Pesce Director of Nursing Services for Kendall Lakes Health and Rehabilitation Center Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 00:00
Greystone Healthcare Management, an industry-leading healthcare management company, has named Patrizia Pesce as Director of Nursing Services at the Kendall Lakes Health and Rehabilitation Center, scheduled to open this fall.  The Kendall location is Greystone’s fourth health and rehabilitation center in South Florida and features an array of medical services as well as specialized orthopedic, cardiac and stroke rehabilitation programs. 

Pesce brings significant nursing leadership experience to the position.  Most recently, she served as the Director of Nursing Services for Greystone’s skilled nursing facility in Wilton Manors, having also been a unit manager there.  Prior to working at Wilton Manors, Pesce was the Director of Nursing for North Beach Health and Rehabilitation (North Miami Beach) where she helped the center gain a five-star rating.

As Director of Nursing Services, she will oversee the nursing staff, and work with the nearly 150 patients and their families to provide compassion, care and medical treatments. 

“Patrizia has proven to be a dedicated director of nursing services and has developed an outstanding reputation for her positive attitude and excellent care,” said Kimberly Pero, Regional VP of South Florida. “We know she will bring that same sense of commitment and excellence as she helps us launch our new center in Kendall.”

“I look forward to working with the many professionals who are making the Kendall Lakes Health and Rehabilitation Center a reality,” Pesce said. “To achieve a goal you need a team behind you pushing toward the same goal. I know I have that team with Greystone.”

Pesce is a member of FADONA, the premier organization for the advancement of nursing executives and leaders to position them as key members of the health care leadership team.  

Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2018 09:19
Implementing Threat-Based Cybersecurity to Secure Patient Care Innovation Print E-mail
Written by BDO   
Friday, 21 September 2018 11:34
Technology has brought healthcare to consumers' fingertips, putting them at the nucleus of care and blurring the definition of a healthcare organization. This creates unique opportunities and threats within the industry. In fact, U.S. healthcare organizations reported 176 large-scale data breaches in the first half of the year. Threat-based cybersecurity can be used to help address these vulnerabilities. Threat-based cybersecurity is a forward-looking, predictive approach. Instead of (or in addition to) focusing solely on protecting critical data assets or following the basic script of a generic cyber program, threat-based cybersecurity concentrates on investments in the most likely risks and attack vectors based on your company's unique threat profile. Please download the insight for more information.

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2018 11:43
JAMA Forum: Transforming Emergency Departments to Better Care for Elderly Patients Print E-mail
Written by Gilbert Benavidez, MPH, Melissa Garrido, PhD, Austin Frakt, PhD   
Friday, 14 September 2018 08:40
Many people don't realize that if an elderly individual needs to go to an emergency department (ED), how the person is cared for may differ greatly, depending on  which ED they visit. Unless they've discussed the issue with a clinician, they're likely unaware that not all EDs are designed, prepared, or staffed to meet the complex care needs of older adults.
Fortunately, a recent initiative by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to accredit geriatric emergency departments is encouraging EDs to better address the needs of older patients and is providing guidance on which EDs are best able to care for such patients.
Older patients present with unique physical, pharmacological, cognitive, and social needs. They are at greater risk than younger patients of falls and fractures, have high rates of using 5 or more medications concurrently (polypharmacy), and often present with Alzheimer disease or related dementias (ADRDs).
Last Updated on Friday, 14 September 2018 08:43
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