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The aim of this study was to assess the prognostic role of co-morbidity in severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A cohort of 270 COPD patients, mean (+/-SD) age 67+/-9 yrs, consecutively discharged from a University Hospital after an acute exacerbation was studied. Mean (+/-SD) forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) was 34+/-16% of(More)
BACKGROUND Screening tools for the identification of vulnerable older patients with cancer are needed. Aim of this study is to measure the prognostic value of multiple screening tools for the assessment of mortality risk in oncogeriatrics. METHODS The prognostic value of the following assessment tools was tested in 200 older women with gynecological(More)
A series of 200 consecutive patients with autopsy-proven acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was retrospectively studied in order to assess the degree of clinico-pathological agreement and to detect the reasons for disagreement. A correct clinical diagnosis of AMI was made in 86 cases (Group A = 43%) and was missed in 114 cases (Group B = 57%). Atypical(More)
To verify whether age affects remote preconditioning, we compared healthy young people (mean age = 28.0 years, SD: 7.2), healthy elderly people (age = 69.2 years, SD: 5.0), and hypertensive elderly people (group 3, age = 72.8 years, SD: 3.9). Each group included 10 participants. The flow-mediated-dilation (FMD) was measured after local (same arm) and remote(More)
BACKGROUND Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are common causes of in-hospital complications for elderly people. The purpose of the present study is to verify whether concealed renal insufficiency, that is, reduction of the estimated glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in people with normal serum creatinine levels, is a risk factor for ADRs in elderly hospitalized(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Defining the nature of the association between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic conditions is of primary importance to improve the health status of COPD patients through the optimal care of comorbidities. We aimed at providing a reasoned guide to understand, recognize and treat comorbidity of COPD with the(More)
OBJECTIVES To verify whether the use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) is associated with loss of independence in elderly in-patients by promoting adverse drug reactions (ADRs). DESIGN Prospective observational study. PARTICIPANTS Five hundred six patients aged 65 and older admitted to 11 acute care medical wards. MEASUREMENTS(More)
The aim of this study was to assess whether assigning a geriatrician to provide daily medical care to geriatric patients in the orthopedic ward can improve the prognosis and reduce the length of stay. Time series analysis was performed in two parts: 1) prospective analysis of two years' workload, and 2) retrospective analysis of data collected over the 4(More)
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is increasingly recognized as a cause of worsening physical functioning in older patients. The Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) is highly reliable in older populations, but no data on older hospitalized patients with different degrees of kidney function are available. We aimed at testing the association between(More)