Scientists are able to completely reverse Alzheimer’s in mice

By slowly reducing levels of the enzyme BACE1 in mice as they age, scientists at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio discovered that the formation of amyloid plaques on the brain (bits of protein build up that are believed to be at the root of Alzheimer’s disease) were either prevented or reversed. The study was published on February 14 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.
BACE1 is a protein that forms naturally in the brain and helps …

Understanding phase 2 requirements for survey readiness

A thorough review and update of the implementation of Phase 2 requirements, as well as preparation tactics for survey readiness, will help long-term care providers mitigate citation risks. This review will also help providers understand what to expect as surveys transition throughout the year to the new outcome-oriented survey format.
During HCPro’s 60-minute webinar on Wednesday, March 7 from 1:00pm-2:00pm, ET, industry experts Reginald M. Hislop III, PhD, and Diane R. Hislop, RN, will review survey …

New guidelines make significant changes to management of C. Difficile

Clostridium difficile or C. diff is a deadly, treatment-resistant infection and the most important cause of healthcare-associated diarrhea. Adults who are 65 years and older and in a long-term care facilities are especially at risk for the highly contagious infection.
Earlier this year, a panel of experts was convened to update the 2010 clinical practice guidelines on C. diff infection (CDI). The panel published recommendations to improve the management and diagnosis of CDI, including the recommendation …

Nursing home residents at higher risk for difficult to treat infection

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that patients in healthcare facilities in several countries (including the United States) are experiencing a harmful yeast called Candida auris, which causes serious invasive infections.
The yeast, which does not respond to commonly used antifungal drugs, can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. The CDC says that people who have recently spent time in nursing homes and have lines and tubes that go into their body (such …