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Abbatecola A.M.,Italian National Research Center on Aging | Olivieri F.,Marche Polytechnic University | Corsonello A.,Research Hospital of Cosenza | Strollo F.,Research Hospital of Rome | And 2 more authors.
Drug Safety | Year: 2012

Frailty is considered a syndrome of decreased reserve and resistance to stressors and is clinically expressed as muscle weakness, poor exercise tolerance, factors related to body composition, sarcopenia and disability. In addition, there is a close relationship between age-related metabolic changes and the occurrence of comorbidities that may in turn lead to frailty. Even though the downward spiral of frailty is activated more quickly in older persons with type 2 diabetes, it is reversible with appropriate interventions before reaching a high level of severity. The hazard for geriatric patients with type 2 diabetes is that frailty encompasses diverse complications already associated with or caused by diabetes. Frailty is also associated with cognitive impairment, reduced ability to perform activities of daily living and increased expression of inflammatory and coagulation markers that may contribute to the adverse microvascular effects of diabetes. Although glycaemic control remains the main targeting achievement in type 2 diabetes, especially in wellfunctioning older persons, this is not appropriate for those with frailty. Frail elderly people with type 2 diabetes are a specific group in need of treatment parameters for both initial and maintenance therapy with oral antidiabetic agents. Therefore, the prescription of an antidiabetic agent in such individuals must take into consideration not only the standard goal of lowering hyperglycaemic levels, but also improving the quality of life and life expectancy. The clinical management of this population is currently particularly demanding, requiring special considerations with good medical decision making. Clinical aspects complicating diabetes care in older people include cognitive decline, physical functional decline and frailty. Available oral antidiabetic drugs include insulin secretagogues (meglitinides and sulfonylureas), biguanides (metformin), a-glucosidase inhibitors, thiazolidinediones and inhibitors of glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) degrading enzyme dipeptidyl peptidase 4. In addition, we will discuss injection treatment with GLP-1 analogues. This review will underline the association between diabetes and some frailty components in old patients and how specific antidiabetic agents may play a specific role in improving outcomes. Adis © 2012 Springer International Publishing AG. All rights reserved.


PubMed | Translational Research Ctr Of Nutrition And Ageing, Italian National Research Center on Aging, University of Parma and Research Hospital of Cosenza
Type: | Journal: Biogerontology | Year: 2016

Recent evidence suggests that high dose and/or long term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may increase the risk of adverse cardiovascular events in older patients, but mechanisms underlying these detrimental effects are not known. Taking into account that the senescent endothelial cells have been implicated in the genesis or promotion of age-related cardiovascular disease, we hypothesized an active role of PPIs in senescent cells. The aim of this study is to investigate the changes in gene expression occurring in senescent and non-senescent human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAECs) following Omeprazole (OPZ) or Lansoprazole (LPZ) treatment. Here, we show that atherogenic response is among the most regulated processes in PPI-treated HCAECs. PPIs induced down-regulation of anti-atherogenic chemokines (CXCL11, CXCL12 and CX3CL1) in senescent but not in non-senescent cells, while the same chemokines were up-regulated in untreated senescent cells. These findings support the hypothesis that up-regulated anti-atherogenic chemokines may represent a defensive mechanism against atherosclerosis during cellular senescence, and suggest that PPIs could activate pro-atherogenic pathways by changing the secretory phenotype of senescent HCAECs. Moreover, the genes coding for fatty acid binding protein 4 (FABP4) and piezo-type mechanosensitive ion channel component 2 (PIEZO2) were modulated by PPIs treatment with respect to untreated cells. In conclusions, our results show that long-term and high dose use of PPI could change the secretory phenotype of senescent cells, suggesting one of the potential mechanisms by which use of PPI can increase adverse outcomes in older subjects.


PubMed | University of Turku, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute and 18 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: BMC medicine | Year: 2016

The Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) is a well-established tool to assess lower extremity physical performance status. Its predictive ability for all-cause mortality has been sparsely reported, but with conflicting results in different subsets of participants. The aim of this study was to perform a meta-analysis investigating the relationship between SPPB score and all-cause mortality.Articles were searched in MEDLINE, the Cochrane Library, Google Scholar, and BioMed Central between July and September 2015 and updated in January 2016. Inclusion criteria were observational studies; >50 participants; stratification of population according to SPPB value; data on all-cause mortality; English language publications. Twenty-four articles were selected from available evidence. Data of interest (i.e., clinical characteristics, information after stratification of the sample into four SPPB groups [0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12]) were retrieved from the articles and/or obtained by the study authors. The odds ratio (OR) and/or hazard ratio (HR) was obtained for all-cause mortality according to SPPB category (with SPPB scores 10-12 considered as reference) with adjustment for age, sex, and body mass index.Standardized data were obtained for 17 studies (n=16,534, mean age 763years). As compared to SPPB scores 10-12, values of 0-3 (OR 3.25, 95%CI 2.86-3.79), 4-6 (OR 2.14, 95%CI 1.92-2.39), and 7-9 (OR 1.50, 95%CI 1.32-1.71) were each associated with an increased risk of all-cause mortality. The association between poor performance on SPPB and all-cause mortality remained highly consistent independent of follow-up length, subsets of participants, geographic area, and age of the population. Random effects meta-regression showed that OR for all-cause mortality with SPPB values 7-9 was higher in the younger population, diabetics, and men.An SPPB score lower than 10 is predictive of all-cause mortality. The systematic implementation of the SPPB in clinical practice settings may provide useful prognostic information about the risk of all-cause mortality. Moreover, the SPPB could be used as a surrogate endpoint of all-cause mortality in trials needing to quantify benefit and health improvements of specific treatments or rehabilitation programs. The study protocol was published on PROSPERO (CRD42015024916).


Corsonello A.,Research Hospital of Cosenza | Pedone C.,Biomedical University of Rome | Scarlata S.,Biomedical University of Rome | Zito A.,Biomedical University of Rome | And 2 more authors.
Current Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2013

Oxygen (O2) is a vital element. Shortage of O2 results in deranged metabolism and important changes in vascular tone with opposite effects on the systemic and pulmonary circulation. During hypoxemia, oxidative stress exposes the organism to a sort of accelerated senescence as well as to several acute untoward effects. Thus, hypoxemia should be promptly recognized and treated, hopefully by measures tailored to the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying hypoxemia. However, O2 therapy remains the most common therapy of hypoxemia, but it must be carefully tailored to relieve hypoxemia without provoking hyperoxia or hypercarbia. Then, the individual response to O2 as well as changing needs of O2 during sleep or exercise must be evaluated to provide the best O2 therapy. Hyperoxia, the effect of overcorrection of hypoxia, can dramatically impact the health status and threaten the survival of the newborn and, through different mechanisms and effects, the adult. A thorough knowledge of the pathophysiological bases of hypoxemia and O2 storage and delivery devices is then mandatory to administer O2 therapy guaranteeing for optimal correction of hypoxemia and minimizing the risk of hyperoxia. Consistent with this aim also is a careful scrutiny of instruments and procedures for monitoring the individual response to O2 over time. Thus, at variance from classical pharmacological therapy, performing O2 therapy requires a vast array of clinical and technical competences. The optimal integration of these competences is needed to optimize O2 therapy on individual bases. © 2013 Bentham Science Publishers.


Abbatecola A.M.,Italian National Research Center on Aging | Spazzafumo L.,Statistic and Biometry Center | Corsonello A.,Research Hospital of Cosenza | Sirolla C.,Statistic and Biometry Center | And 2 more authors.
Rejuvenation Research | Year: 2011

Background: A fast and simple tool is needed to test for the risk of mortality and rehospitalization in older patients. Objective: The aim of this study was to construct and validate a prognostic index using specific items from the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) in a large population of older hospitalized adults. Method: This was a prospective study of a 24-month follow-up period, between 2005 to 2008 in 3,043 elderly patients (mean age, 81±6) discharged from three acute geriatric wards in the Marche region of Italy. Baseline predictors of demographics and 25 items from the CGA regarding functional and cognitive status, depression, co-morbidity, social isolation, and quality of life were used to build a summary score, the Hospitalized Older Patient Examination (HOPE) Index. The HOPE index was developed in 1,533 patients and validated in 1,510 consecutively hospitalized patients. Outcome measures were 24-month mortality and rehospitalization. Results: Three risk categories of HOPE based on the best sensitivity and specificity for mortality and rehospitalization were: Low (≤4), moderate (4-8), and high (≥8). Categorizing data across the HOPE index, mortality ranged from 7.9% to 14.5% in the development cohort and 6.2% to 14.0% in the validation cohort, whereas rehospitalization ranged from 68.3% to 79.4% and 69.8% to 79.8%, respectively. Kaplan-Meier survival curves demonstrated that risk for mortality increased with a worsening across the HOPE index (p<0.001). In the development and validation cohorts, a close agreement was found for HOPE on mortality and rehospitalization with a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) of 0.69 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.61-0.74) vs. 0.67 (95% CI 0.57-0.70) and rehospitalization of 0.62 (95% CI 0.58-0.66) vs. 0.60 (95% CI 0.56-0.63), respectively. In the development and validation cohorts, Cox proportional hazard models showed that a high HOPE index predicted risks of 2.38 (1.34-4.23) and 2.86 (1.24-6.61) on mortality and 1.27 (1.09-1.44) and 1.37 (1.10-1.64) on rehospitalization, respectively. Conclusions: HOPE may be useful for long-term clinical planning, discharge, and follow-up. © Copyright 2011, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 2011.


Landi F.,Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | Abbatecola A.M.,Italian National Research Center on Aging | Provinciali M.,Immunology Center | Corsonello A.,Research Hospital of Cosenza | And 5 more authors.
Biogerontology | Year: 2010

Frailty is a common condition in older persons and has been described as a geriatric syndrome resulting from age-related cumulative declines across multiple physiologic systems, with impaired homeostatic reserve and a reduced capacity of the organism to resist stress. Therefore, frailty is considered as a state of high vulnerability for adverse health outcomes, such as disability, falls, hospitalization, institutionalization, and mortality. Regular physical activity has been shown to protect against diverse components of the frailty syndrome in men and women of all ages and frailty is not a contra-indication to physical activity, rather it may be one of the most important reasons to prescribe physical exercise. It has been recognized that physical activity can have an impact on different components of the frailty syndrome. This review will address the role of physical activity on the most relevant components of frailty syndrome, with specific reference to: (i) sarcopenia, as a condition which frequently overlaps with frailty; (ii) functional impairment, considering the role of physical inactivity as one of the strongest predictors of physical disability in elders; (iii) cognitive performance, including evidence on how exercise and physical activity decrease the risk of early cognitive decline and poor cognition in late life; and (iv) depression by reviewing the effect of exercise on improving mood and increasing positive well-being. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


PubMed | Italian National Research Center on Aging, University of Ferrara, University of Perugia, Alzheimers Disease Clinic and 2 more.
Type: | Journal: Aging clinical and experimental research | Year: 2016

To investigate the prevalence and clinical correlates of overprescribing and underprescribing of low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) for thromboprophylaxis among older medical inpatients.Eight hundred seventy six patients (mean age 81.57.6years, female gender 57.2%) enrolled in a multicenter observational study of seven acute care wards of geriatric medicine in Italy. The risk of venous thromboembolism was ascertained by calculating the Padua score for each patient. Patients receiving appropriate prescription of LMHW during stay were compared to those receiving LMHW with a Padua score<4 (overprescribing group). Similarly, patients with a high thromboembolic risk (Padua score4) but not receiving LMHW (underprescribing group) were compared to patients appropriately not receiving LMHW during stay. Independent correlates of overprescribing and underprescribing were investigated by logistic regression analysis.Overall, 42.8% of patients had a Padua score4. LMWHs were overprescribed in 7.3% and underprescribed in 25.2% of patients. The number of lost basic activities of daily living (BADL) (OR=0.25; 95% CI 0.15-0.41) and the number of diagnoses (OR=0.76; 95% CI 0.61-0.95) were inversely associated with LMWH overprescription. Conversely, older age (75-84years: OR=2.39; 95% CI 1.10-5.19-85years or more: OR=3.25, 95% CI 1.40-7.61), anemia (OR=1.80, 95% CI 1.05-3.16), pressure sores (OR=4.15, 95% CI 1.20-14.3), number of lost BADL at the admission (OR=3.92, 95% CI 2.86-5.37) and number of diagnoses (OR=1.29, 95% CI 1.15-1.44) qualified as significant correlates of LMWH underprescription.Underprescription and, to a lesser extent, overprescription still represent an issue among older medical inpatients.Implementing risk-stratifying scores into clinical practice may improve appropriateness of LMWHs prescribing during hospitalization.


Evans W.J.,Glaxosmithkline | Evans W.J.,Duke University | Paolisso G.,The Second University of Naples | Abbatecola A.M.,Italian National Research Center On Aging Inrca | And 4 more authors.
Biogerontology | Year: 2010

The frailty syndrome is increasingly recognized by geriatricians to identify elders at an extreme risk of adverse health outcomes. The physiological changes that result in frailty are complex and up to now have been extremely difficult to characterize due to the frequent coexistence of acute and chronic illness. Frailty is characterized by an decline in the functional reserve with several alterations in diverse physiological systems, including lower energy metabolism, decreased skeletal muscle mass and quality, altered hormonal and inflammatory functions. This altered network leads to an extreme vulnerability for disease, functional dependency, hospitalization and death. One of the most important core components of the frailty syndrome is a decreased reserve in skeletal muscle functioning which is clinically characterized by a loss in muscle mass and strength (sarcopenia), in walking performance and in endurance associated with a perception of exhaustion and fatigue. There are a number of physiological changes that occur in senescent muscle tissues that have a critical effect on body metabolism. The causes of sarcopenia are multi-factorial and can include disuse, changing hormonal function, chronic diseases, inflammation, insulin resistance, and nutritional deficiencies. In this review, we will explore the dysregulation of some biological mechanisms that may contribute to the pathophysiology of the frailty syndrome through age-related changes in skeletal muscle mass and function. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


Corsonello A.,Research Hospital of Cosenza | Abbatecola A.M.,Italian National Research Center on Aging | Fusco S.,Messina University | Luciani F.,Annunziata Hospital | And 4 more authors.
Clinical Microbiology and Infection | Year: 2015

Infectious diseases are more prevalent in older people than in younger adults, and represent a major healthcare issue in older populations. Indeed, infections in the elderly are often associated with higher morbidity and mortality, and may present atypically. Additionally, older patients are generally treated with polypharmacy regimens, which increase the likelihood of drug-drug interactions when the prescription of an antimicrobial agent is needed. A progressive impairment in the functional reserve of multiple organs may affect either pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics during aging. Changes in body composition occurring with advancing age, reduced liver mass and perfusion, and reduced renal excretion may affect either pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics. These issues need to be taken into account when prescribing antimicrobial agents to older complex patients taking multiple drugs. Interventions aimed at improving the appropriateness and safety of antimicrobial prescriptions have been proposed. Educational interventions targeting physicians may improve antimicrobial prescriptions. Antimicrobial stewardship programmes have been found to reduce the length of hospital stay and improve safety in hospitalized patients, and their use in long-term care facilities is worth testing. Computerized prescription and decision support systems, as well as interventions aimed at improving antimicrobial agents dosage in relation to kidney function, may also help to reduce the burden of interactions and inherent costs. © 2014 European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.


Lattanzio F.,Italian National Research Center on Aging | Abbatecola A.M.,Italian National Research Center on Aging | Bevilacqua R.,Italian National Research Center on Aging | Chiatti C.,Italian National Research Center on Aging | And 4 more authors.
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association | Year: 2014

Even though there is a constant and accelerating growth of the aging population worldwide, such a rapid rise is negatively impacting available home and community services not able to encompass the necessities associated with the increased number of older people. In particular, there are increasing demands on e-health care services and smart technologies needed for frail elders with chronic diseases and also for those experiencing active aging. Advanced Technology Care Innovation for older persons encompasses all sectors (assistive technology, robotics, home automation, and home care- and institution-based healthcare monitoring, telemedicine) dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing in all types of living environments. Considering that there is a large concern and demand by older persons to remain in familiar social living surroundings, study projects joined with industries have been currently initiated, especially across Europe to improve health and wellbeing. This article will highlight the latest updates in Europe and, in particular in Italy, regarding scientific projects dedicated to unraveling how diverse needs can be translated into an up-to-date technology innovation for the growing elder population. We will provide information regarding advanced technology designed for those with specific geriatric-correlated conditions in familiar living settings and for individuals aging actively. This is an important action because numerous emerging developments are based on user needs identified by geriatricians, thus, underlining the indispensable role of geriatric medicine toward future guidelines on specific technology. © 2014 AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

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