Muscle weakness is related to slip-initiated falls among community-dwelling older adults

18/01/2016

Source: Journal of Biomechanics, 2015, online

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Date of publication: December 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The purpose of this study was twofold: firstly to investigate the relationship between muscle weakness and slip-related falls among community-dwelling older adults, and secondly to determine optimal cut-off values with respect to the knee strength capacity which can be used to identify individuals at high risk of falls. Muscle strength was tested on the right knee, and then volunteers were moved to a treadmill where a slip was induced after five minutes of walking while using a harness. Results suggested that muscle weakness contributes to falls initiated by a slip during gait.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Monthly High-Dose Vitamin D Treatment for the Prevention of Functional Decline

18/01/2016

Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, 2016, online

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Date of publication: January 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This RCT looked into the effectiveness of high-dose vitamin D in lowering the risk of functional decline. It found that although higher monthly doses of vitamin D were effective in reaching a threshold of at least 30 ng/mL of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, they had no benefit on lower extremity function and were associated with increased risk of falls compared with 24 000 IU.

Length of publication: 1 page

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18/01/2016

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