Non-hormonal male contraceptive Vasalgelâ„¢ has proven efficacy in rabbits

Men currently have few options for reproductive control, including condoms and vasectomy. While condoms are widely available and useful in preventing disease when used correctly, they have an 18% yearly pregnancy rate in typical use. Vasectomy is effective, but must generally considered permanent. There are no long-acting, reversible contraceptives currently available for men. With over […]

Read More »

Economic analysis of PSA screening, selective treatment strategies

Can prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for prostate cancer be cost-effective? A study, commentary and author interview published online by JAMA Oncology examines that question. The future of PSA screening is uncertain with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendation against routine PSA screening for prostate cancer and conservative guidance from other panels. Ruth Etzioni, Ph.D., […]

Read More »

Journal issue charts global course for healthy aging

A new supplemental issue of The Gerontologist contains 12 articles that expand upon the major themes of the landmark World Health Organization (WHO) “World Report on Ageing and Health” released in late 2015. These articles are largely based on background papers that provided critical input to the development of the WHO report, which was the […]

Read More »

Improved patient outcomes linked to specific health IT resources in hospitals

MU researcher says on-site health IT experts boost employee productivity in hospitals. The number of health information technology venders has increased from 60 to more than 1,000 since 2008. However, many scholars have expressed concerns that such services are flooding the market without proper development, making hospitals more susceptible to adopting dysfunctional IT systems that […]

Read More »

Late-life economic inequality has risen sharply in recent decades, study finds

Economic conditions have caused older Americans to see significant increases in financial inequality over the past three decades, according to the results of a study published online in The Gerontologist. In the article “Cumulative Advantage, Cumulative Disadvantage and Evolving Patterns of Late-Life Inequality,” the authors found that inequality is higher after age 64, and especially […]

Read More »

How to spot elder abuse and neglect in the ER: Things are not always as they seem

When older adults in severely debilitated states show up for treatment in the emergency department, emergency physicians and staff must be able to identify and document their symptoms and decide whether to report their concerns to adult protective services. This is a difficult decision as the patient’s symptoms may stem from willful neglect, unintentional neglect […]

Read More »