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Socio-Economic Inequalities in the Prevalence of Multi-Morbidity among the Rural Elderly in Bargarh District of Odisha India

The world is moving towards population aging. It is projected that by the year 2020, there will be one billion elderly people (65+ years) in the world and 71% of whom will live in low-income countries [1]. Elderly population in India is approximately hundred million forming 10% of the total population.

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Profile and Response to Anti-Tuberculosis Treatment among Elderly Tuberculosis Patients Treated under the TB Control Programme in South India

The demographic transition in India has resulted in the label of an ageing nation [1]. The Government of India’s ‘National Policy on Older Persons’ defines ‘elderly’ as a person who is of age 60 years or above [2]. In 2001, the proportion of elderly in India was about 7.4% of the overall population which increased to 8.3% in 2011.

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Morbidity Patterns and Health Care Seeking Behavior among Older Widows in India

The process of aging is lead by the decline in fertility reinforced by increasing longevity due to falling mortality in older ages [1]. It produces unprecedented changes in the age-structure of all societies, notably the historic reversal in the proportions of younger and older persons. In the turn of 21st century, population aged 60 and above is increasing at an accelerated rate and most of …

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Yoga therapy better than exercise therapy in reducing disability from osteoarthritic knees

In a recent prospective, randomized controlled trial, participants at the Ebnezar Orthopedic Center, Bengaluru who were assigned hatha yoga therapy showed significantly higher improvement on all disability variables over exercise therapy as an adjunct to conventional physiotherapy for osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. The study involved 250 outpatients with OA… 

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Elderly hypertensive patients with cardiovascular disease may benefit from combination antihypertensive therapy

Adding a second antihypertensive medication appears to be more beneficial than increasing the dose of a single antihypertensive in reducing all-cause mortality cardiovascular outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD). This was the main finding of a recent randomized trial that sought to determine the efficacy of high-dose angiotensin receptor… 

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Metabolic syndrome associated with all-cause mortality in older women, but not older men

The presence of metabolic syndrome is associated with all-cause mortality in women aged 70 to 79 years, while no significant risk was found in similarly aged men. This was the finding of a recent cohort study that sought to determine the association of metabolic syndrome with all-cause mortality in older… 

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Statins may slow knee OA, but no effect seen at the hip

Statin use may slow the progression of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee but does not appear to affect the rate of OA progression in the hip, according to a recently published prospective observational study. For the analysis, x-rays of the hip and knee were examined at baseline and again an… 

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