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  1. Content type: Research article

    Improved usual gait speed predicts substantial reduction in mortality. A better understanding of the modifiable factors that are independently associated with improved gait speed would ensure that intervention...

    Authors: Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Jennifer C Davis, Lindsay S Nagamatsu, Chun Liang Hsu, Lindsay A Katarynych and Karim M Khan

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:25

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    Counselling of family members is an established procedure in the support of dementia patients' relatives. In absence of widespread specialised dementia care services in most countries, however, counselling ser...

    Authors: Maria Grossfeld-Schmitz, Carolin Donath, Rolf Holle, Joerg Lauterberg, Stephan Ruckdaeschel, Hilmar Mehlig, Peter Marx, Sonja Wunder and Elmar Gräßel

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:24

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    The objective of this study was to investigate whether the 13C-phenylalanine breath test could be useful for the evaluation of hepatic function in elderly volunteers and patients with chronic hepatitis B and live...

    Authors: Gan-sheng Zhang, Zhi-jun Bao, Jian Zou, Shu-ming Yin, Yi-qin Huang, Hai Huang and De-kai Qiu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:23

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    A better understanding of potentially modifiable predictors of in-hospital mortality and re-admission to the hospital following discharge may help to improve management of community-acquired pneumonia in older...

    Authors: Binod Neupane, Stephen D Walter, Paul Krueger, Tom Marrie and Mark Loeb

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:22

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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    The global prevalence of diabetes among adults will be 6.4% in 2010 and will increase to 7.7% by 2030. Diabetes doubles the odds of depression, and 9% of patients with diabetes are affected by depressive disor...

    Authors: Frank Petrak, Martin Hautzinger, Kristin Plack, Kai Kronfeld, Christian Ruckes, Stephan Herpertz and Matthias J Müller

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:21

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  6. Content type: Research article

    It is evident that physical activity has many benefits, but it often remains unclear which types of activity are optimal for health and functioning in old age. The aim of this methodological study was to propo...

    Authors: Lisanne M Verweij, Natasja M van Schoor, Joost Dekker and Marjolein Visser

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:20

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Self-rated health (SRH) measures with different wording and reference points are often used as equivalent health indicators in public health surveys estimating health outcomes such as healthy life expectancies...

    Authors: Kerry A Sargent-Cox, Kaarin J Anstey and Mary A Luszcz

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:18

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Data on the prevalence of valvular heart disease in very old individuals are scarce and based mostly on in-hospital series. In addition, the potential detrimental effect of valvular heart disease on the activi...

    Authors: Thomas van Bemmel, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax, Jacobijn Gussekloo, Gerard J Blauw, Rudi G Westendorp and Eduard R Holman

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:17

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Cognition is a multidimensional construct and to our knowledge, no previous studies have examined the independent contribution of specific domains of cognition to health related quality of life. To determine w...

    Authors: Jennifer C Davis, Carlo A Marra, Mehdi Najafzadeh and Teresa Liu-Ambrose

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:16

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    Geriatric patients are typically underrepresented in studies on the functional outcome of rehabilitation after stroke. Moreover, most geriatric stroke patients do probably not participate in intensive rehabili...

    Authors: Monica Spruit-van Eijk, Bianca I Buijck, Sytse U Zuidema, Frans LM Voncken, Alexander CH Geurts and Raymond TCM Koopmans

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:15

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    The benefit of Ginkgo biloba has been discussed controversially. The aim of this review was to assess the effects of Ginkgo biloba in Alzheimer's disease as well as vascular and mixed dementia covering a varie...

    Authors: Stefan Weinmann, Stephanie Roll, Christoph Schwarzbach, Christoph Vauth and Stefan N Willich

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:14

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  12. Content type: Study protocol

    Early onset dementia has serious consequences for patients and their family members. Although there has been growing attention for this patient group, health care services are still mainly targeted at the elde...

    Authors: Deliane van Vliet, Christian Bakker, Raymond TCM Koopmans, Myrra JFJ Vernooij-Dassen, Frans RJ Verhey and Marjolein E de Vugt

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:13

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Hip fractures are expensive and a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality in the elderly. In most studies hip fractures have been viewed as a unitary fracture but recently the two main types of fracture (int...

    Authors: David A Tanner, Marita Kloseck, Richard G Crilly, Bert Chesworth and Jason Gilliland

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:12

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    The use of physical restraints still is common practice in the nursing home care. Since physical restraints have been shown to be an ineffective and sometimes even hazardous measure, interventions are needed t...

    Authors: Math JM Gulpers, Michel HC Bleijlevens, Erik van Rossum, Elizabeth Capezuti and Jan PH Hamers

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:11

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    Very little is known about the range of diagnoses, course of treatment and long-term outcome in elderly patients who choose to receive homeopathic medical treatment. We investigated homeopathic practice in an ...

    Authors: Michael Teut, Rainer Lüdtke, Katharina Schnabel, Stefan N Willich and Claudia M Witt

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:10

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Pain measurement in nonverbal older adults is best based on behavioural observation, e.g. using an observational measurement tool such as Doloplus-2. The purposes of this study were to examine the use of Dolop...

    Authors: Karin Torvik, Stein Kaasa, Øyvind Kirkevold, Ingvild Saltvedt, Jacob C Hølen, Peter Fayers and Tone Rustøen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:9

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Falls are common adverse events in residential care facilities. Commonly reported figures indicate that at least 50% of residents fall in a 12 month period, and that this figure is substantially higher for res...

    Authors: Betty Haralambous, Terry P Haines, Keith Hill, Kirsten Moore, Jennifer Nitz and Andrew Robinson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:8

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  18. Content type: Research article

    There remains a lack of research on co-variation of multiple health outcomes and their socio-economic co-patterning, especially among the elderly. This papers aims to 1) examine the effects of different socio-...

    Authors: Hoang Van Minh, Dao Lan Huong, Stig Wall, Nguyen Thi Kim Chuc and Peter Byass

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:7

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Physical function is the ability to perform both basic and instrumental activities of daily living, and the ability of older adults to reside in the community depends to a large extent on their level of physic...

    Authors: Carol Ewing Garber, Mary L Greaney, Deborah Riebe, Claudio R Nigg, Patricia A Burbank and Phillip G Clark

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:6

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  20. Content type: Study protocol

    People with dementia are often inapproachable due to symptoms of their illness. Therefore nurses should establish relationships with dementia patients via their remaining resources and facilitate communication...

    Authors: Almuth Berg, Katharina Sadowski, Melanie Beyrodt, Stephanie Hanns, Markus Zimmermann, Gero Langer, Christiane Becker, Christine Lautenschläger and Johann Behrens

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:5

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Although stroke is recognised as a major factor in admission to nursing home care, data is lacking on the extent and nature of the disabilities and dependency in nursing homes arising from stroke. A national s...

    Authors: Seamus Cowman, Maeve Royston, Anne Hickey, Frances Horgan, Hannah McGee and Desmond O'Neill

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:4

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  22. Content type: Study protocol

    The agitated behaviours that accompany dementia (e.g. pacing, aggression, calling out) are stressful to both nursing home residents and their carers and are difficult to treat. Behaviours stemming from pain, m...

    Authors: Eva S van der Ploeg and Daniel W O'Connor

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:3

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  23. Content type: Study protocol

    People living with a long term condition may wish to be able to plan ahead, so that if in future they cannot make decisions, their wishes about their care will be known; this process is termed Advance Care Pla...

    Authors: Louise Robinson, Claire Bamford, Fiona Beyer, Alexa Clark, Claire Dickinson, Charlotte Emmet, Catherine Exley, Julian Hughes, Lesley Robson and Nikki Rousseau

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:2

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study was to identify predictors of health decline among older adults with clinically diagnosed community acquired pneumonia (CAP). It was hypothesized that older adults with CAP who had lo...

    Authors: Eduardo Fernandez, Paul Krueger and Mark Loeb

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:1

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  25. Content type: Research article

    With the introduction of long-term care insurance (LTCI) in Japan, more home care services are available for the community-dwelling elderly. To deliver effective home care services, it is important to know the...

    Authors: Gohei Kato, Nanako Tamiya, Masayo Kashiwagi, Mikiya Sato and Hideto Takahashi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:58

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Aging in animals is associated with high body oxidative stress, which might affect susceptibility and onset of age-related diseases, and the subsequent life span. Therefore, genes that modulate oxidative stres...

    Authors: Omar F Khabour, Essa S Abdelhalim and Ahmad Abu-Wardeh

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:57

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  27. Content type: Research article

    A simple but countable electronic device has been developed to gain reliable information on elderly patients' perceived well-being. The device has been tested and proven to be technically functional and counta...

    Authors: Jori Reijula, Toni Rosendahl, Kari Reijula, Paula Roilas, Heikki Roilas and Raimo Sepponen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:55

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  28. Content type: Study protocol

    The search for preventive methods to mitigate functional decline and unwanted relocation by older adults living in the community is important. Preventive home visit (PHV) models use infrequent but regular visi...

    Authors: Malcolm P Cutchin, Susan Coppola, Vibeke Talley, Judie Svihula, Diane Catellier and Kendra Heatwole Shank

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:54

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Falls are among the most common adverse events reported in hospitalized patients. While there is a growing body of literature on fall prevention in the hospital, the data examining the fall rate and risk facto...

    Authors: Rick D Davenport, Georgeta D Vaidean, Carol B Jones, A Michelle Chandler, Lori A Kessler, Lorraine C Mion and Ronald I Shorr

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:53

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The rehabilitation of older persons is often complicated by increased frailty and medical complexity - these in turn present challenges for the development of health information systems. Objective investigatio...

    Authors: Christine Glenny and Paul Stolee

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:52

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  31. Content type: Study protocol

    There is scientific evidence that preventive physical exercise is effective even in high age. In contrast, there are few opportunities of preventive exercise for highly aged people endangered by or actually in...

    Authors: Michael Brach, Frank Nieder, Ulrike Nieder and Heinz Mechling

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:51

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Several epidemiological studies have shown that self-reported vision and hearing impairments are associated with adverse health outcomes (AHOs) in older populations; however, few studies have used objective se...

    Authors: Takehiro Michikawa, Yuji Nishiwaki, Yuriko Kikuchi, Makiko Nakano, Satoko Iwasawa, Keiko Asakura, Ai Milojevic, Kunio Mizutari, Hideyuki Saito, Susumu Ishida, Tomonori Okamura and Toru Takebayashi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:50

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Recent studies have revealed the associations between insulin resistance (IR) and geriatric conditions such as frailty and cognitive impairment. However, little is known about the relation of IR to physical im...

    Authors: Chen-Ko Kuo, Lian-Yu Lin, Yau-Hua Yu, Kuan-Han Wu and Hsu-Ko Kuo

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:49

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    Prior evidence suggests that the renin angiotensin system and antihypertensives that inhibit this system play a role in cognitive, central vascular, and endothelial function. Our objective is to conduct a doub...

    Authors: Ihab Hajjar, Meaghan Hart, William Milberg, Vera Novak and Lewis Lipsitz

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2009 9:48

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