New Publication: Multiple sensory impairment is associated with increased risk of dementia among black and white older adults

By Willa D Brenowitz, PhD, MPH on December 04, 2018
Abstract BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined impairment in multiple senses (multisensory impairment) and risk of dementia in comparison to having a single or no sensory impairment.

New Publication: Increased risk of suicide attempts and unintended death among those transitioning from prison to community in later life.

By Lisa C. Barry Ph.D., M.P.H. on September 26, 2018
Abstract OBJECTIVE: The number of individuals transitioning from correctional facilities to community in later life (age ≥50 ) is increasing. We sought to determine if later-life prison release is a risk factor for suicidal behavior and death by accidental injury, including drug overdose. DESIGN...

Dr. Byers received a new NIH grant: Precursors of Suicide in Older Adults Transitioning from Prison to Community

By Amy L. Byers on August 21, 2018
Narrative: Prison release is associated with exceptionally high rates of suicide and death by unintentional injury (including drug overdose).  This project will demonstrate an innovative method of linking administrative health care data and suicide surveillance data (that includes suicide attempts...

New Publication: Burden of Depressive Symptoms Over 2 Decades and Risk of Nursing Home Placement in Older Women

By Amy L. Byers on August 10, 2018
Objectives To determine the association between cumulative burden of depressive symptoms and risk of nursing home (NH) placement over 2 decades. Design Prospective cohort study with data linked to Medicare claims files. Setting Clinic sites in Baltimore, Maryland; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and...

New Publication: Geriatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Epidemiology, Outcomes, Knowledge Gaps, and Future Directions

By Raquel C. Gardner on August 10, 2018
This review of the literature on traumatic brain injury (TBI) in older adults focuses on incident TBI sustained in older adulthood ("geriatric TBI") rather than on the separate, but related, topic of older adults with a history of earlier-life TBI. We describe the epidemiology of geriatric TBI, the...

New Publication: Mild TBI and risk of Parkinson disease: A Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium Study

By Raquel C. Gardner on August 10, 2018
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to assess risk of Parkinson disease (PD) following traumatic brain injury (TBI), including specifically mild TBI(mTBI), among care recipients in the Veterans Health Administration.

New Publication: Age-Related Differences in Diagnostic Accuracy of Plasma Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein and Tau for Identifying Acute Intracranial Trauma on Computed Tomography: A TRACK-TBI Study

By Raquel C. Gardner on August 10, 2018
Plasma tau and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) are promising biomarkers for identifying traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients with intracranial trauma on computed tomography (CT). Accuracy in older adults with mild TBI (mTBI), the fastest growing TBI population, is unknown. Our aim was to...

New Publication: Do postconcussive symptoms from traumatic brain injury in combat veterans predict risk for receiving opioid therapy for chronic pain?

August 08, 2018
Several CPBH investigators participated in a study in which combat Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain and postconcussive symptoms were more likely to be prescribed opioid therapy than those without postconcussive symptoms.  This is important because opioid therapy is...

Dr. Kaup received a new pilot grant through the UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP)'s "Pilot for Junior Investigators in Basic and Clinical/Translational Sciences."

July 05, 2018
This exciting pilot project will be an entirely mobile study of cognitive aging.  We will utilize digital health technology, like sensors and apps, to investigate associations between mobile measures of health and lifestyle factors and mobile measures of cognition in older adults. This study will...