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More older adults are taking drugs that can lead to falls

Older adults increasingly are taking medications that are prescribed for valid reasons but that also elevate their risks for falls, results from a new study indicate. In their analysis of government data, researchers found that the share of patients matching this profile surged from 57% in 1999 to a staggering 94% in 2017.

CDC finds childhood vaccination rates are still lagging

In a new analysis, CDC said there was a large decline in essential childhood vaccinations in the early months of the pandemic last year, but rates did not return to pre-pandemic levels with the lifting of the stay-at-home orders.

Panel finds widespread inappropriate use of antibiotics in U.S. hospitals

In the United States, 77% of all UTIs and 79% of all community acquired pneumonias (CAP) are treated inappropriately in the hospital setting, according to an expert panel convened by the Pew Charitable Trust in 2018 to evaluate antibiotic use in hospitals. The panel’s findings, which were published in a March 18, 2021, report, revealed that fluoroquinolones were used inappropriately 47% of the time, and vancomycin was used inappropriately 27% of the time.

AMA calls for standardized blood pressure reading training

The American Medical Association (AMA) unveiled an initiative to encourage the use of uniform techniques for taking blood pressure (BP) readings to ensure accuracy.

Older adults with functional impairments at risk of prescription drug misuse

Older adults with functional impairments may be at a higher risk of medical cannabis use, as well as prescription opioid and tranquilizer or sedative misuse, suggests new research published in the online edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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