Sex: A Health Risk At Any Age

In our recent article, Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the Aging Population, you can catch up on the statistics of STDs in older adults. We have recently covered the issues of sexual dysfunction in our two-part article: Sexual Dysfunction in Older Men and Sexual Dysfunction in Older Women. You might also be interested in viewing our […]

Side Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors

Since the introduction of omeprazole in 1989, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have become one of the most commonly prescribed classes of medications in the world. Overall, with their high safety profile and demonstrated efficacy, PPIs represent a major advance in the treatment of acid-related disorders ranging from peptic ulcer disease to erosive esophagitis. However, it […]

Bilateral Flank Pain

Bilateral flank pain is a discomforting sensation on both sides of the body in the area between the hip and last rib. Some of the main causes of flank pain include problems in the kidneys, an abdominal aortic aneurysm, back ailments, pyelonephritis, and gastrointestinal disorders. Besides pain in the flank region, other symptoms of flank […]

AGS Beers Criteria 2012

Among older adults, drug side effects, drug-drug interactions and other adverse drug events (ADEs) are common, but often preventable. Research suggests that more than a quarter of ADEs that occur in primary care and almost half of those in long-term care could be avoided.The Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults have […]

Chronic Orthostatic Hypotension

A significant drop in blood pressure when standing up from a seated or lying position is known asorthostatic¬†or¬†postural hypotension. This can occur acutely with severe dehydration or blood loss, which is usually overt. Chronic orthostatic hypotension becomes relatively common with aging and the presence of frailty, but it can present insidiously and atypically. Undiagnosed or […]

Sundowning Syndrome in the Elderly

In psychiatric literature, several terms including sundowning, sundowning syndrome, and nocturnal delirium have been used interchangeably to describe the same observations. The reason for this confusion is the lack of a clear and precise definition for the observed phenomenon along with indefinite sources of etiology. Sundowning is a descriptive term for observed behaviors, rather than […]