Older men sometimes undergo unnecessary prostate cancer tests according to study

According to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, many older men are undergoing PSA screening tests for prostate cancer that may be unnecessary and that may lead to unnecessary or ineffective treatment.  The conclusion in the study states: Rates of PSA screening in the United States are associated with age and […]

When Guns Get In The Way of Senior Care

Over at Better Senior Care Blog, Beverly Bernstein Joie, MS, CMC has posted a terrific article about the issues and concerns that arise when the elderly and others have guns in their homes.  If those persons no longer have the ability to make safe choices about when and how to use those guns, safety risks […]

Drug-resistant bacterium hits Southland healthcare facilities

From The Los Angeles Times:  A dangerous drug-resistant bacterium has reached Southern California healthcare facilities, according to a study released Thursday by Los Angeles County public health officials. Researchers found 356 cases of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRKP, at healthcare facilities in Los Angeles County, mostly among elderly patients, said author Dr. Dawn Terashita, a […]

Hot Tea and Coffee May Lower MRSA Risk

From Medscape Pauline Anderson July 12, 2011 — New research shows that people who drink hot tea or coffee are about half as likely to have methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in their nasal passages as those who abstain, raising the prospect of a safe, inexpensive, and easily accessible way to decrease MRSA. “In an effort […]

Infection Control Certification May Lower MRSA Rates

California hospitals appear to have significantly lower rates of MRSA infection if their infection control directors are board-certified, according to a study published in the March issue of theAmerican Journal of Infection Control. For the complete article, see:   Certification in infection control matters: Impact of infection control department characteristics and policies on rates of multidrug-resistant infections. Originally […]

Caregivers Near La Jolla Should Be Involved in Hospital Discharges

By the time a person is discharged from the hospital, he normally has one primary goal on his mind: to get home! The exhaustion of a hospital stay reduces the ability of a patient to grasp all of his discharge instructions, especially if they involve numerous prescriptions and activity requirements. Seniors are at an even […]