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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

    Older adults are more likely to live alone, because they may have been predeceased by their spouse and friends. Social interaction could also be reduced in this age group due by limited mobility caused by chro...

    Authors: Silvana C Caetano, Cosme MFP Silva and Mario V Vettore

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:122

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    Since the burden of care for elderly patients with heart failure (HF) can be decreased by therapeutic measures, it is important that such patients are identified correctly. This study explores the prevalence o...

    Authors: Beata Borgström Bolmsjö, Sigvard Mölstad, Carl Johan Östgren and Patrik Midlöv

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:118

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    Persons with vertebral fracture may have reduced pulmonary function, but this association has not been much studied. The aim of this cross-sectional study was therefore to examine the relationship between vert...

    Authors: Bente Morseth, Hasse Melbye, Svanhild Waterloo, Marte R Thomassen, Marijke J Risberg and Nina Emaus

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:116

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    The question for prevalence estimation and validation of the various eGFRs in old age is still under debate. To assess renal function with increasing age, we estimated mean eGFR, in subjects aged 20–85 years. ...

    Authors: Jorien M Willems, Tom Vlasveld, Wendy PJ den Elzen, Rudi GJ Westendorp, Ton J Rabelink, Anton JM de Craen and Gerard J Blauw

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:113

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  5. Content type: Research article

    For prevention and detection of falls, it is essential to unravel the way in which older people fall. This study aims to provide a description of video-based real-life fall events and to examine real-life fall...

    Authors: Ellen Vlaeyen, Mieke Deschodt, Glen Debard, Eddy Dejaeger, Steven Boonen, Toon Goedemé, Bart Vanrumste and Koen Milisen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:103

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    Health-related quality of life (HRQL) may be associated with increased mortality in the elderly. The effect of prevalent vertebral fractures on HRQL in elderly women and men is not well described. The purpose ...

    Authors: Svanhild Waterloo, Anne J Søgaard, Luai A Ahmed, Elin Damsgård, Bente Morseth and Nina Emaus

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:102

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    Little is known about social capital and health among older adults in South Africa. This study investigates the association between social capital and several health variables, namely: self-rated health, depre...

    Authors: Shandir Ramlagan, Karl Peltzer and Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:100

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Acquired brain injury (ABI), which includes traumatic (TBI) and non-traumatic brain injury (nTBI), is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. The objective of this study was to examine the trends, c...

    Authors: Vincy Chan, Brandon Zagorski, Daria Parsons and Angela Colantonio

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:97

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Existing literature indicates that ADRB2 gene is associated with health and longevity, but none of previous studies investigated associations of carrying the ADRB2 minor alleles and interactions between ADRB2 ...

    Authors: Yi Zeng, Lingguo Cheng, Ling Zhao, Qihua Tan, Qiushi Feng, Huashuai Chen, Ke Shen, Jianxin Li, Fengyu Zhang, Huiqing Cao, Simon G Gregory, Ze Yang, Jun Gu, Wei Tao, Xiao-Li Tian and Elizabeth R Hauser

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:91

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Loss of muscle mass and muscle strength are natural consequences of the aging process, accompanied by an increased prevalence of chronic health conditions. Research suggests that in the elderly, the presence o...

    Authors: Lei Chen, David R Nelson, Yang Zhao, Zhanglin Cui and Joseph A Johnston

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:74

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Although research productivity in the field of frailty has risen exponentially in recent years, there remains a lack of consensus regarding the measurement of this syndrome. This overview offers three services...

    Authors: Kim Bouillon, Mika Kivimaki, Mark Hamer, Severine Sabia, Eleonor I Fransson, Archana Singh-Manoux, Catharine R Gale and G David Batty

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:64

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of chronic kidney disease is high in the elderly, but the effects of a decrease in the eGFR on mortality and functioning are still unclear. The aim of this study was to determine whether the com...

    Authors: Gijs Van Pottelbergh, Wendy PJ Den Elzen, Jan Degryse and Jacobijn Gussekloo

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:61

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Several medication classes may contribute to urinary symptoms in older adults. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of use of these medications in a clinical cohort of incontinent patients.

    Authors: Mandavi Kashyap, Le Mai Tu and Cara Tannenbaum

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:57

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Laxatives are among the most widely used over-the-counter medications in the United States but studies examining their potential hazardous side effects are sparse. Associations between laxative use and risk fo...

    Authors: Bernhard Haring, Mary Pettinger, Jennifer W Bea, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Ryan M Carnahan, Judith K Ockene, Moritz Wyler von Ballmoos, Robert B Wallace and Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:38

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Omega-3 (n-3) fatty acid supplementation is becoming increasingly popular. However given its antithrombotic properties the potential for severe adverse events (SAE) such as bleeding has safety implications, pa...

    Authors: Anthony M Villani, Maria Crotty, Leslie G Cleland, Michael J James, Robert J Fraser, Lynne Cobiac and Michelle D Miller

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:41

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Oral bisphosphonates are commonly used to prevent / treat osteoporosis. However, bisphosphonate treatment is not without risk and serious adverse effects, including upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) have ...

    Authors: Jennifer A Knopp-Sihota, Greta G Cummings, Joanne Homik and Don Voaklander

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:36

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The increasing life expectancy in most European countries has resulted in growth of the population 50 and older. This population is more susceptible to infectious diseases because of immunosenescence, co-morbi...

    Authors: Renske Eilers, Paul FM Krabbe, Ted GA van Essen, Anita Suijkerbuijk, Alies van Lier and Hester E de Melker

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:32

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Undernutrition is widespread among institutionalised elderly, and people suffering from dementia are at particularly high risk. Many elderly with dementia live in open units or in special care units in nursing...

    Authors: Carine Aukner, Helene Dahl Eide and Per Ole Iversen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:26

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  19. Content type: Research article

    More than 20% of the hip fracture patients die within the first year after the incident. Few data are available on the trends in mortality following a hip fracture. The present aim was to study changes in exce...

    Authors: Trine E Finnes, Haakon E Meyer, Jan A Falch, Asle W Medhus, Tore Wentzel-Larsen and Cathrine M Lofthus

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:25

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The risk factors for mortality after hospitalization in older persons are not fully understood. The aim of the present study was to examine the three-year (1,096 days) mortality in previously hospitalized olde...

    Authors: Anne-Sofie Helvik, Knut Engedal and Geir Selbæk

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:17

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The fastest growing age group globally is older adults, and preventing the need for long-term nursing care in this group is important for social and financial reasons. A population approach to diet and physica...

    Authors: Mika Kimura, Ai Moriyasu, Shu Kumagai, Taketo Furuna, Shigeko Akita, Shuichi Kimura and Takao Suzuki

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:8

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