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BMC Geriatrics

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. Content type: Research Article

    Self-medication is described as the use of drugs without a physician’s prescription to treat self-recognized illness or symptoms, and an important health issue among the elderly. Despite the wide range of diff...

    Authors: Seyede Salehe Mortazavi, Mohsen Shati, Hamid Reza Khankeh, Fazlollah Ahmadi, Shiva Mehravaran and Seyed Kazem Malakouti

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:198

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    China and India are the world’s two most populous countries. Although their populations are growing in number and life expectancies are extending they have different trajectories of economic growth, epidemiolo...

    Authors: Jennifer Stewart Williams, Fredrik Norström and Nawi Ng

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:197

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  3. Content type: Research Article

    Accumulation of problems in physical, psychological, cognitive, or social functioning is characteristic for frail individuals. Using a four-domain approach of frailty, this study explored how sociodemographic ...

    Authors: Sandra H van Oostrom, Daphne L van der A, M Liset Rietman, H Susan J Picavet, Manon Lette, W M Monique Verschuren, Simone R de Bruin and Annemieke M W Spijkerman

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:196

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  4. Content type: Research Article

    Previous studies investigated the determinants of individuals’ decision to vaccinate against influenza primarily focusing on social as well as certain proximal determinants, for example, behavioral beliefs. Th...

    Authors: Jens-Oliver Bock, André Hajek and Hans-Helmut König

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:194

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  5. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:186

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  6. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:187

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  7. Content type: Research Article

    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...

    Authors: Tami Saito, Chiyoe Murata, Jun Aida and Katsunori Kondo

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:183

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  8. Content type: Research Article

    Japan is known for its long life expectancy and rapidly aging society that there are various demands of older adults need to be fulfilled with, and one of them is long-term care needs. Therefore, Japan impleme...

    Authors: Huei-Ru Lin, Tetsuya Otsubo and Yuichi Imanaka

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:182

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  9. Content type: Research Article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:178

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  10. Content type: Research Article

    Disability among older adults is a public health concern. To date there are no in-depth and comprehensive analyses on older adults’ disabilities in Bangladesh. This study investigated gender differences in the...

    Authors: Md. Ismail Tareque, Andrew D. Tiedt, Towfiqua Mahfuza Islam, Sharifa Begum and Yasuhiko Saito

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:177

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  11. Content type: Research Article

    Oral health and frailty might be linked through several pathways, but previous studies are scarce. This study examined the association between oral health and components of Fried’s frailty phenotype.

    Authors: Benedikta Kamdem, Laurence Seematter-Bagnoud, Fabiana Botrugno and Brigitte Santos-Eggimann

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:174

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  12. Content type: Research Article

    Self-reported health is a widely used measure of health status across individuals. As the ageing population increases, the health of the elderly also becomes of growing concern. The elderly go through life fac...

    Authors: Cynthia Lum Fonta, Justice Nonvignon, Moses Aikins, Emmanuel Nwosu and Genevieve Cecilia Aryeetey

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:171

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  13. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:172

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  14. Content type: Research Article

    Metabolic syndrome (MetS) was a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, yet the prevalence of MetS among nonagenarians and centenarians was rarely reported. Here we investigated the prevalence of MetS and its...

    Authors: Xianghua He, Wei Zhang, Guofang Pang, Yuan Lv, Caiyou Hu and Ze Yang

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:169

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  15. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:162

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  16. Content type: Research Article

    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).

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:161

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  17. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:157

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  18. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:156

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  19. Content type: Research Article

    Studies have shown that inadequate access to healthcare is associated with lower levels of health and well-being in older adults. Studies have also shown significant urban-rural differences in access to health...

    Authors: Xufan Zhang, Matthew E. Dupre, Li Qiu, Wei Zhou, Yuan Zhao and Danan Gu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:151

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