Oral examination findings, taste and smell testing during and following head and neck cancer therapy
ConclusionsIn HNC patients, oral status and taste change occurs throughout the cancer trajectory and represent potential concerns in cancer survivorship. Taste change (as evaluated by taste testing) occurred in all HNC patients, whereas olfactory changes occurred in 30% of cases. Management of oral changes and symptoms should be considered in all HNC patients in addition to dietary and nutritional guidance in patient care to promote oral intake. Continuing study of taste changes may further define this problem and support dietary and nutritional guidance and product development.
Atypical chest pain is of diverse origin. Typically, we initially consider cardiac etiology. When pain appears non-cardiac, there is a tendency to underestimate the illness, especially if the patient has neuropsychiatric illness. Our resident with dementia and anxiety disorder had chest pain; the diagnosis was unexpected.
While relatively rare in the general population, meningiomas are the most common tumors in the CNS. Most meningiomas are benign (80%) and can be managed only with continued observation without need for surgery or radiation therapy. There is also a significant number of cases that progress to malignancy (1%-4%). However, there is also a subset of atypical meningioma that portends a worse prognosis and can present many challenges during treatment.
Chronic pain is common among older adults, as is the use of medications to treat these symptoms. Aging physiology, in combination with a higher likelihood of medication use and declining renal function, makes older adults more susceptible to adverse drug effects. As such, monitoring for side effects and changes in renal function is important to avoid drug toxicity, especially during acute illness when medication errors and acute changes in renal function are more likely to occur among older adults.
Nutrition plays a vital role in the older adult, as weight in older adults is used as a marker of health and wellness. Individualization of meals is very limited; therefore, it is essential to offer a well-balanced diet options. In this regard, the national guidelines for the older adult can offer guidance to direct the meal options. There are national guidelines from the US Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture with dietary recommendations for community-dwelling healthy older adults.
Many patients are discharged to post-acute care facilities (PACFs) following surgery. These patients have either had major surgery and require close monitoring and intensive rehabilitation, or have significant medical co-morbidities. Currently they are transported, sometimes at considerable cost, to the surgeon ’s office for post-surgery visits (PSVs). These trips can be painful and uncomfortable. A staff member from the PACF may need to accompany the patient. During PSVs surgeons observe the patient's incision(s), and assess potential complications following surgery, pain, and functional recovery.
Nursing home (NH) residents are at increased risk for malnutrition compared to community-dwelling older adults. Poor nutrition is associated with depression, functional decline, and higher 1-year mortality. Communal dining environments create a social dining atmosphere that increases the amount of food being consumed.
Chronic pain is among the most common reasons for seeking medical attention. In the United States, 1 in 5 adults had chronic pain in 2016 and it is estimated to cost over $500 billion annually in direct medical costs and disability. It is a prevalent problem among residents in the nursing home. Non-pharmacologic therapies are the most preferred treatment for chronic pain as pharmacological therapies, such as opioids, have proven to be less effective and associated with numerous side effects among older adults.
Authors: Morris G, Maes M, Berk M, Carvalho AF, Puri BK Abstract Nutritional ketosis, induced via either the classical ketogenic diet or the use of emulsified medium-chain triglycerides, is an established treatment for pharmaceutical resistant epilepsy in children and more recently in adults. In addition, the use of oral ketogenic compounds, fractionated coconut oil, very low carbohydrate intake, or ketone monoester supplementation has been reported to be potentially helpful in mild cognitive impairment, Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autistic spectrum disorder. In these and other neurode...
Authors: Lee YM, Park SH, Lee DH Abstract OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to propose a new hypothesis for the role of lipophilic chemical mixtures stored in adipose tissue in the development of dementia. Specifically, we present how the dynamics of these chemicals can explain the unexpected findings from the Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD) study, which failed to show long-term benefits of intentional weight loss on cognition, despite substantial improvements in many known risk factors for dementia. Moreover, we discuss how the role of obesity in the risk of dementia can change depending on the dynami...