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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Senior's Health:Exoskeleton to ensure an active old age ♦ Tripped up by a bug: Infection may cause falls ♦ Older patients recover more slowly from concussion

High opioid use in older people with COPD raises safety concerns Researchers are raising safety concerns about high rates of new opioid use among older adults with COPD, according to a study. Opioids, such as codeine, oxycodone and morphine might be prescribed more frequently among older adults with COPD to treat chronic muscle pain, breathlessness and insomnia. Common side effects of opioids include falls and fractures, confusion, memory impairment, fatigue, constipation, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Older patients recover more slowly from concussion Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), or concussion, accounts for 75 percent of all TBI and represents an important public health problem. Difficulty in working memory is frequently reported in patients after concussion. Now new research suggests that older individuals may have a more difficult time recovering from concussion.
Tripped up by a bug: Infection may cause falls, especially in older people People who end up in the emergency room because of a fall often are tripped up by an infection, rather than a loose throw rug or poor eyesight, suggests a new study
Exoskeleton to ensure an active old age Researchers are creating portable robot skeletons for the elderly so they can continue to be active longer. Think of it as a tool, not as a robot, says researcher

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