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TitleRecent Advances in Geriatrics [electronic resource] / edited by Mario Barbagallo, Giuseppe Licata, James R. Sowers
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US : Imprint: Springer, 1998
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Descript IX, 282 p. online resource


This book, Recent Advances in Geriatrics, is based on the proceedings of the 8th Course of the School of Gerontology and Geriatrics held in Erice (Trapani, Italy) at the Inยญ ternational Centre for Scientific Culture "Ettore Majorana" on March 20-25, 1997. This international effort was organized jointly by professors from the University of Palermo (Itยญ aly) and from Wayne State University (Michigan, USA) as a result of a cross-cultural colยญ laboration of several years. _ The increasing average age of the populations in industrialized countries has reยญ sulted in increased interest in the different biological, medical, psychological, and ecoยญ nomic aspects related to the health and social care of the elderly. Physicians and health care practitioners are realizing the need for a revised approach to geriatric care. Comprising contributions of clinicians and scientists from Italy and North America, the present volume provides a multidisciplinary approach to many gerontological and geriatric problems, examined from a scientific and a practical point of view. Several of the most important aspects of the aging process - the genetics of aging, body composition modification, immunological, endocrinological, and renal physiology changes - have been addressed. Data from a multi-center Italian study on centenarians is reported, toยญ gether with an update on clinical and pharmacological approaches to dementia syndromes and economic and social aspects related to the care of the elderly


1. Recent Advances in Gerontology and Geriatrics in Italy -- 2. Body Composition in the Elderly -- 3. Neuroendocrine System and Aging Processes -- 4. The Ionic Hypothesis of Aging: Role of Intracellular Ions in the Development of Hypertension and Insulin Resistance -- 5. Recent Aspects of Renal Pathophysiology in the Elderly -- 6. Aging and Endothelial Function -- 7. Vascular Changes and Aging -- 8. Oxidative Stress and Advancing Age: Impact on Blood Pressure -- 9. Hypertension in the Elderly: Hormonal and Therapeutic Aspects -- 10. Metabolic and Cardiovascular Manifestations of Hypertension in the Elderly -- 11. Effects of Diabetes and Hypertension on the Aging Kidney -- 12. Clinical Features of Hypertension in the Elderly -- 13. The Aging Heart -- 14. Early Markers of Cardiovascular Damage -- 15. Congestive Heart Failure in the Elderly -- 16. The Role of the Autonomic Nervous System in Congestive Heart Failure -- 17. Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure in the Elderly -- 18. Apolipoprotein E Genotype in Vascular Dementia -- 19. Risk Factors for Delirium in the Elderly -- 20. Definition of Outcomes in a Dementia Evaluation and Rehabilitation Unit -- 21. Therapy of Alzheimerโ{128}{153}s Dementia: Past, Present, and Future -- 22. Genetic Polymorphisms and Arterial Thrombosis -- 23. From Thrombosis to Acute Inflammatory Reaction: New Aspects of Unstable Angina -- 24. When and How to Treat Hypercholesterolemia in the Elderly? -- 25. Angiogenesis in Multiple Myeloma -- 26. Calcium Metabolism in the Elderly -- 27. The Epidemiology of Osteoporosis -- 28. Diagnosis of Osteoporosis -- 29. New Trends in the Treatment of Osteoporosis -- 30. Update on Italian Centenarians: Italian Multicentric Study on Centenarians -- 31. Centenarians in Western Sicily: Data and Characteristics -- Contributors -- Author Index

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