The New York Times (4/13, Span, Subscription Publication, 15.96M) “The New Old Age” blog reported that many medical studies exclude elderly people, thereby limiting the applicability of the findings for geriatricians and their patients. The blog highlighted a study on sodium excretion that was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in Journal of the American Medical Association as an example of such a study. The blog pointed out, however, that the National Institutes of Health’s new guidelines going into effect next year will require researchers to be more inclusive of elderly people and people of all ages. The Times also pointed out that the Food and Drug Administration does not have such a requirement for clinical trials.
April 13, 2018