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A Rise In Elderly Prisoners In Japan

A prison, in Tokushima, 520 km west of Tokyo, a building to house elderly inmates, putting itself at the forefront of an effort to cope with Japan's gregarious prisoner population. The number of prisoners aged 60 or older has risen 7% from a decade ago to 9,308.

Lonliness Leads To Poor Health Among Seniors

The current study does not support the view that, independently of health status, older patients with lower levels of social support place greater demands on ambulatory care. Future research on social relationships would benefit from a consensus on clinically relevant concepts to measure.

Emergency Patients: Less Prone to Become Long-Term Opioid Users

The emergency patients who are prescribed opioids for the first time in the emergency department were less likely to become long-term users compared to other medical settings.  They are prescribed these powerful painkillers in accordance with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. About 5.2 million prescriptions for opioids were analyzed, the findings are published in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Opioid Prescribing for Opioid-Naïve Patients in Emergency Department and Other Settings: Characteristics of Prescriptions and Association with Long-Term Use").