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Richard Besdine, MD, on Medication Safety

Jan 25
2012

Richard Besdine, MD, on Medication Safety

AFAR Medical Officer Richard Besdine, MD, sparked a lively discussion at the "AOL Healthy Living" section of The Huffington Post with his latest blog post. Dr. Besdine explored the risks of adverse drug events (ADEs), a special concern for adults over 65. The CDC estimates that 100,000 older adults are hospitalized annually with ADEs, which can be fatal. Dr. Besdine provided an overview of some of the drugs most frequently involved in ADEs, as well as the current state of medication monitoring, an important precaution against ADEs. This is the seventh post in Dr. Besdine's series on health care and aging…


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Grantee in the News: Sei Lee, MD, Develops Tools for Physicians to Estimate Likelihood of Death

Jan 12
2012

Grantee in the News: Sei Lee, MD, Develops Tools for Physicians to Estimate Likelihood of Death

On January 11, 2012, The New York Times reported on a review, conducted by Sei Lee, MD, and colleagues, of the many assessment scales used to estimate the likelihood of death within a given timeframe. The review determined which of the assessment scales were most effective. The best possible estimate of the likelihood of death can be an important piece of information for doctors and patients weighing the benefits and risks of possible tests, treatments, and health care decisions, like whether or not to enter into hospice care. Tools based on the assessment scales identified in the review are now available to…


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AFAR is Managing the MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research

Jan 05
2012

AFAR is Managing the MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research

AFAR is proud to announce that it is managing the 2012 MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research. Winners of the awards, which are among the nation’s top honors for scientists investigating Alzheimer’s disease, will be announced in March, and will be recognized at a reception in New York on May 15. The MetLife Foundation established the MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research in 1986 in light of the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease on older adults and their families. The Awards recognize scientific research achievements and the potential for future findings in Alzheimer's disease. Since the program…


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