Navigation Links
Chronic Diseases said to Cause Falls in the Elderly

A new study shows elderly women with chronic diseases may be at risk for experiencing dangerous falls.
Researchers studied more than 4,000 women between ages 60 and 79. The women were asked if they // had fallen in the last 12 months, how many times they had fallen, and whether they received any medical attention for the falls.

They also brought all their current medications to the interview and gave a full drug history report.

Results of the study show nearly three quarters of the women questioned suffered from at least one chronic illness. Nearly 17 percent of the women had fallen at least once in the previous year, 7 percent experienced frequent falls, and 6.8 percent required medical attention after falling. Those with chronic diseases had more than a 30-percent risk of falling. Circulatory disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression, and arthritis were among the chronic illnesses reported and were associated with higher odds of falling.

More than 70 percent of the women were taking at least one drug and more than 15 percent were taking five or more drugs at the time of the study. However, researchers found no link between the number of drugs used and falling. Only sedatives and anti-depressants were associated with an increased risk of falling.

Researchers of the study concluded, “Chronic diseases may increase the risk of falls through direct effects of the disease and indirect effects, such as reduced physical activity, muscle weakness, and poor balance.”


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Roller coasters – cause “Chronic Headache?
2. In Chronic Diseases - Poor compliance of Patients with drug treatment
3. New Treatment for Chronic Eczema
4. Novel Therapy for Chronic Problem
5. Overcoming Chronic Fatigue
6. Chronic Fatigue, Pain Linked to Sinusitis
7. Epilepsy Drug May Relieve Chronic Headaches
8. Women Worse Affected By Chronic Cough
9. A Drug That Might Relieve Chronic Cough
10. A Sedentary Childhood Could Lead To Chronic Fatigue Latter In Life
11. Drug Resistance Questioned in Patients With Chronic Sinusitis
Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... PRMA Plastic Surgery is ... 2015, our surgeons performed their 6,000th free flap breast reconstruction surgery! , “What an ... every day excited to rebuild lives and it’s an honor to have served all ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Karnataka (PRWEB) , ... November ... ... innovative online platform for mental health and wellness consultation, has collaborated with ... to holistically address their reader’s queries on topics on mental and emotional ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... As part ... For Empowerment ™ attracts volunteers together who want to combine talents and resources ... key stakeholders in the process. The non-profit launched its first major fundraiser on ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... been recognized once again for its stellar workplace culture with the company’s Cincinnati ... , Medical Solutions’ Cincinnati office was named a finalist in Cincinnati Business ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... , ... Ministers, senior government and UN agencies, representatives from ... Excellence, and public R&D institutions, civil societies and other partners gathered today at ... Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation, ANDI, Stakeholders Meeting. The three- day meeting ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... -- The total global healthcare industry is expected to grow at ... America has the highest projected growth at 12.7%, ... ), is second with growth projected at 11.5%. ... expenditure. In 2013-2014, total government funded healthcare was nearly 68%. ... 41.2% in 2013-2014. In real terms, out of pocket expenditure ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... WOODBURY, N.Y. , Nov. 25, 2015  Linden ... access and optimizing treatment outcomes for patients suffering from ... its request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) enjoining ... between the two companies. --> ... aggressively pursuing all of its legal options. ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... USA , Inc., a leader in ... accuracy of its blood glucose meter systems. Last week ... Cardiovascular Disease in Los Angeles , ... 01 meter and the Assure ® Prism multi-user ... measure glucose levels in blood is essential for people ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: