Public health, nutrition and epidemiology

Section edited by Danan Gu

This section considers all topics relating to general public health and epidemiology. Nutrition, nutritional supplements, disease rates/statistics, disease prevention, prediction. Health promotion.

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  1. Research Article

    Latent class analysis of multimorbidity patterns and associated outcomes in Spanish older adults: a prospective cohort study

    This study sought to identify multimorbidity patterns and determine the association between these latent classes with several outcomes, including health, functioning, disability, quality of life and use of ser...

    Beatriz Olaya, Maria Victoria Moneta, Francisco Félix Caballero, Stefanos Tyrovolas, Ivet Bayes, José Luis Ayuso-Mateos and Josep Maria Haro

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:186

    Published on: 18 August 2017

  2. Research Article

    Association between sarcopenia with lifestyle and family function among community-dwelling Chinese aged 60 years and older

    Sarcopenia is defined as the age-related decline in skeletal muscle mass and function. The risk factors and causes of sarcopenia must be identified to develop prevention and treatment strategies for this syndr...

    Shan Hai, Hui Wang, Li Cao, Ping Liu, Jianghua Zhou, Ying Yang and Birong Dong

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:187

    Published on: 18 August 2017

  3. Research Article

    Cohort study on living arrangements of older men and women and risk for basic activities of daily living disability: findings from the AGES project

    Living arrangements of older adults have changed worldwide with increasing solitary and non-spouse households, which could affect social care systems. However, the relationship between these households and dis...

    Tami Saito, Chiyoe Murata, Jun Aida and Katsunori Kondo

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:183

    Published on: 16 August 2017

  4. Research Article

    Septic arthritis significantly increased the long-term mortality in geriatric patients

    The elderly are predisposed to septic arthritis (SA) because of the aging nature and increasing comorbidities. SA may in turn increase the long-term mortality in the geriatric patients; however, it remains unc...

    Chia-Jung Wu, Chien-Cheng Huang, Shih-Feng Weng, Ping-Jen Chen, Chien-Chin Hsu, Jhi-Joung Wang, How-Ran Guo and Hung-Jung Lin

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:178

    Published on: 9 August 2017

  5. Research Article

    Factors associated with consumption of alcohol in older adults - a comparison between two cultures, China and Norway: the CLHLS and the HUNT-study

    There is little knowledge about the consumption of alcohol among Chinese and Norwegian older adults aged 65 years and over. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and factors related to alcoho...

    Juan Li, Bei Wu, Geir Selbæk, Steinar Krokstad and Anne-S. Helvik

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:172

    Published on: 31 July 2017

  6. Research Article

    Food assistance is associated with decreased nursing home admissions for Maryland’s dually eligible older adults

    Although it has long been known that a broad range of factors beyond medical diagnoses affect health and health services use, it has been unclear whether additional income can decrease health service use. We e...

    Sarah L. Szanton, Laura J. Samuel, Rachel Cahill, Ginger Zielinskie, Jennifer L. Wolff, Roland J. Thorpe Jr and Charles Betley

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:162

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  7. Research Article

    Clinical and epidemiological characteristics of pyogenic liver abscess in people 65 years or older versus people under 65: a retrospective study

    To analyse the clinical, epidemiological, microbiological and prognostic differences of pyogenic liver abscess (PLA) in older (≥ 65 years of age) versus younger patients (< 65 years).

    Jorge Peris, Pablo Bellot, Pablo Roig, Sergio Reus, Sara Carrascosa, Gregorio González-Alcaide, José M. Palazón and José M. Ramos

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:161

    Published on: 21 July 2017

  8. Research Article

    Health promotion interventions for community-dwelling older people with mild or pre-frailty: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    Mild or pre-frailty is common and associated with increased risks of hospitalisation, functional decline, moves to long-term care, and death. Little is known about the effectiveness of health promotion in redu...

    Rachael Frost, Celia Belk, Ana Jovicic, Federico Ricciardi, Kalpa Kharicha, Benjamin Gardner, Steve Iliffe, Claire Goodman, Jill Manthorpe, Vari M Drennan and Kate Walters

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:157

    Published on: 20 July 2017

  9. Research Article

    Health needs, access to healthcare, and perceptions of ageing in an urbanizing community in India: a qualitative study

    India’s elderly population is rising at an unprecedented rate, with a majority living in rural areas. Health challenges associated with ageing, changing social networks and limited public health infrastructure...

    Nandita Bhan, Pavitra Madhira, Arundati Muralidharan, Bharati Kulkarni, GVS Murthy, Sanjay Basu and Sanjay Kinra

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:156

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  10. Research Article

    Concurrent use of alcohol interactive medications and alcohol in older adults: a systematic review of prevalence and associated adverse outcomes

    Older adults are susceptible to adverse effects from the concurrent use of medications and alcohol. The aim of this study was to systematically review the prevalence of concurrent use of alcohol and alcohol-in...

    Alice E. Holton, Paul Gallagher, Tom Fahey and Gráinne Cousins

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:148

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  11. Research Article

    Association of benzodiazepine and Z-drug use with the risk of hospitalisation for fall-related injuries among older people: a nationwide nested case–control study in Taiwan

    Non-benzodiazepine hypnotics (Z-drugs) are advocated to be safer than benzodiazepines (BZDs). This study comprehensively investigated the association of BZD and Z-drug usage with the risk of hospitalisation fo...

    Nan-Wen Yu, Pei-Jung Chen, Hui-Ju Tsai, Chih-Wan Huang, Yu-Wen Chiu, Wen-Ing Tsay, Jui Hsu and Chia-Ming Chang

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:140

    Published on: 11 July 2017

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