Older minority cancer patients have worse surgery outcomes than similar white patients

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Older minority cancer patients with poor social determinants of health are significantly more likely to experience negative surgical outcomes compared to white patients with similar risk factors, according to a new study published by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. […]

Study finds rising rates of food insecurity among older adults

From 2007 to 2016, food insecurity–or limited access to nutritious foods because of a lack of financial resources–increased significantly from 5.5% to 12.4% among older US adults, and the increase was more pronounced among individuals with lower income. The findings come from a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. The study, […]

Significant disparities in telemedicine use, especially among older and POC patients

After “COVID-19,” the term that most people will remember best from 2020 is likely to be “social distancing.” While it most commonly applied to social gatherings with family and friends, it has impacted the way many receive medical care. Historically, the United States has been relatively slow to broadly adopt telemedicine, largely emphasizing in-person visits. […]

The Phase 3 clinical trial showed that the drug, called CC-486, significantly improved survival in older patients, over the age of 55, with AML — ScienceDaily

A landmark paper published today in the New England Journal of Medicine describes the results from a global trial across 148 sites in 23 countries, showing a 30 per cent improvement in survival in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The Phase 3 clinical trial called QUAZAR, showed that a drug, called CC-486, significantly improved […]

Getting into shape pre-surgery to aid recovery for older patients – study

Older adults about to undergo elective surgery should undertake a sustained programme of targeted exercise beforehand to counteract the muscle-wasting effects of bedrest, new research suggests. A study published by researchers in the University of Birmingham’s School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences showed that short term ‘prehabilitation’ strength exercises, undertaken pre-surgery, are insufficient to […]

Many older adults hospitalized with the flu face persistent functional decline

In a study of older adults admitted to the hospital with influenza and other acute respiratory illnesses during the 2011-2012 flu season, functional decline was common–and for some, this decline was persistent and catastrophic. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society . Among the 925 patients included in the study, […]

Donor stem cell transplant shown to improve survival in older patients with MDS

IMAGE: Corey Cutler, MD, MPH, FRCPC view more  Credit: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute A new clinical trial offers the most compelling evidence to date that a donor stem cell transplant can improve survival rates for older patients with higher-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators report at the virtual 62nd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual […]

Older adults in wealthier countries drink more alcohol — ScienceDaily

A new global study finds older people in wealthy countries consume more alcohol than their counterparts in middle-income countries, on average, although a higher cost of alcohol is associated with less frequent drinking. Across counties, people drink less as they get older, but at different rates and starting points. The study was led by researchers […]