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As population ages, a growing number of older patients present the constellation of diabetes and dementia. Numerous recent studies highlight that diabetes may increase the risk for Alzheimer and vascular dementia. Among patients with previous severe hypoglycemia, that risk may even double. Inversely demented patients have about three times higher risk of(More)
Plasma fibronectin has been postulated to be an essential mediator of normal reticuloendothelial system (RES) function. The acute depletion of fibronectin is thought to impair RES function, whereas its repletion in states of deficiency has been reported to improve RES function. In vitro studies have documented fibronectin's ability to bind to some(More)
In the current healthcare environment, there is an increasing consensus for a holistic approach to the patient by means of a bio-psychosocial and spiritual model. The first part of this article describes how, in the context of a laic healthcare environment, physicians, nurses and spiritual caregivers are asked to change their way to communicate and to take(More)
In 2011, new tools to evaluate life expectancy are available. Controversy about PSA-based screening for prostate cancer is still going on, with new data from the US Preventive services task force. A brief behavioral treatment for insomnia can be efficient and durable. Gliptines are be useful to avoid treatment-induced hypoglycemia in diabetic patients. New(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To describe the functional trajectories of older medical inpatients and to identify factors associated with overall and in-hospital functional decline. BACKGROUND Functional decline during a hospital stay is an important clinical outcome because independence remains a major determinant of older persons' quality of life and health care(More)
Hospitalization in older patients is frequently associated with functional decline. Hospital factors and inadapted process of care are factors leading to this decline. Acute care units specifically developed for older patients can prevent functional decline. These units usually include a comprehensive geriatric evaluation, an interdisciplinary meeting,(More)
Age-related physiological changes and comorbidities affect older patients' tolerance to surgery. Pre-operative assessment in these patients requires, beside the usual physical evaluation, the systematic screening of common geriatric syndromes. Cognitive, gait and balance, nutritional, and functional impairments, all flag patients at higher risk for per- and(More)
Several studies contributed to improving the diagnostic and prognostic assessment of delirium in hospitalized older patients. Direct patient education proved efficient in benzodiazepines withdrawal. A position statement of the American Geriatrics Society does not recommend tube feeding when eating difficulties arise in older persons suffering from advanced(More)
2012 brought additional evidence regarding the benefits of exercise in older persons in showing morbidity compression in those most active. Several studies invite to revise therapeutic targets in older diabetics, especially those with cognitive impairment or dementia where a value of 8 to 9% for HbAlc might be a good compromise. On the dementia side, a(More)