Dually Noted from around the web

September 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Fall prevention among the elderly
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, in 2014, older Americans (over the age of 65) fell 29 million times, leading to seven million injuries. The study reports that approximately 2.8 million cases were treated in emergency departments, and approximately 800,000 seniors went on to be hospitalized for fall-related issues, where more than 27,000 falls led to death. Fall prevention is crucial and it is recommended that older Americans go for regular eye exams, get rid of their throw rugs, and retire their high heels – among other tactics.

Neighborhoods influence health, for better and for worse
In an article in STATNews, a doctor explains the health disparities his patients experience, correlated to the neighborhood’s they are born and raised in. He explains that there is a “10-year difference in life expectancy between residents of the Upper East Side and East Harlem. In other neighborhoods across the country, the gap is even larger.” He further explains that “To save lives, it simply isn’t enough to provide the best clinical care we can. As we transition from fee-for-service care to population health management, we must do more than “bend the cost curve” and provide health care more efficiently. We must look beyond the walls of our health centers and hospitals and into the communities where people live their daily lives.”

Opioid-linked deaths dip as ODs rise
Opioid-related deaths are down this year in Boston despite an uptick in overall overdoses, and Narcan use has spiked by more than 25 percent, city officials say. According to Emergency Medical Services, from January to September of this year, there were 2,193 narcotic-related illnesses — which, along with overdoses, include withdrawal sickness — up from 1,914 during the same time period in 2015. Overdose reversal agent Narcan was administered 1,151 times this year, up from 857 times last year.

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