Dear Readers, Authors, Reviewers and Editorial Board Members of the Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics, first of all I would like to send a message of gratitude to all of those who have contributed to this second Issue of the JGG. The submission of several manuscripts during the last three months is of course the cause of great satisfaction for the editorial staff, and at the same time an added incentive to Authors to publish their research in the JGG.
What’s new in the current issue of the JGG? We open with two original research investigations. The first is by Abrahamsen et al., who studied eight different geriatric assessment tests in elderly patients from a sub-acute geriatric hospital ward for good or bad recovery prediction, finding that functional assessments with Barthel index as well as evaluation with MMSE and GDS provides the best prediction of short-term recovery. The second study, by Lo Buglio et al., aimed at evaluating the reliability of circulating procalcitonin in a group of elderly patients with chronic kidney disease, confirming the diagnostic validity of this test for the diagnosis of sepsis but suggesting to apply a cut-off of 1.7 ng/ml in this particular population.
The interesting and updated review by Longobardi et al. focuses on the management of bronchial asthma in elderly patients, whose diagnosis is difficult because of poor symptoms perception and co-morbidities.
The following contributions deal with two clinical observations in geriatrics: 1) Monacelli et al. describe a particular case of IgG4-related chronic periaortitis, and 2) Corbi G et al. present a report on Warfarin dosage using a pharmacogenetic dosing algorithm in an elderly patient with co-morbidities and polypharmacotherapy.
The current issue is completed by the section “Geriatrics and Gerontology Elsewhere” handled by Patrizio Odetti, who comments on the Erlangen test of activity of daily living (ETAM), a very recent useful scale for the assessment of mild cognitive impairment.
Concluding, I hope that you will enjoy reading (and citing!) the contributions of this second JGG issues, and I kindly remind you that we continue to welcome your submissions to the Journal. Also, should you have any suggestions or comments, please feel always free to contact us.
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