Tag Archives: geriatrics

Presidential Politics and Influenza Vaccinations

Recently a patient of mine expressed frustration with the presidential campaign, saying the other side wouldn’t listen to facts and just believed what they wanted to believe. Knowing that she had repeatedly refused to get a flu shot, I asked … Continue reading

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When is DNR not DNR?

Patients are often encouraged to make wishes known with a living will or other instrument. If someone says they would not want resuscitation if their heart stopped, they are said to be DNR, as in Do Not Resuscitate, or more … Continue reading

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Who Are You Calling Old?

A local family medicine residency program sends second year residents to rotate through my internal medicine clinic. Reviewing the note that one of them wrote, I saw that he described my 66-year-old patient as, “Elderly, ” though did note that … Continue reading

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A New Target for Food Companies

Food companies use sophisticated science and psychology to get people to buy their food. Using combinations of salt, sugar, and fat, among other things, they entice us and cause actual addiction. Although many people are rightfully concerned given the levels … Continue reading

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Cataracts and Hip Fractures

A recent study showed that cataract surgery helps prevent hip fractures. It looked at a sample of Medicare patients with cataracts who did or did not have cataract surgery.  Those who had cataract surgery had a 16% less change of … Continue reading

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Ask the Doc: Human Growth Hormone

On this site I’m unable to answer patient specific questions, but as time permits, may answer questions of a general interest. Question: I have been working out with a personal trainer with weight training and have been doing running on … Continue reading

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American College of Physicians Internal Medicine 2012

I recently attended the American College of Physicians (ACP) Internal Medicine 2012 annual meeting, held this year in New Orleans. It’s a very large meeting with thousands of physicians attending. At any one time there are dozens of courses one … Continue reading

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Surprising HIPAA Violation

The Health Information Portability Act (HIPAA) has criteria about not violating patient privacy, and potential harsh penalties for doing so. One needs to not only avoid saying a patient’s name to the public (meaning people not involved in the patient’s … Continue reading

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100-Year-Old Marathoner

According to the Wall Street Journal, on 10/16/11 Fauja Singh completed the Toronto marathon, finishing the 26.2 mile race in over 8 hours. I hope that will inspire my patients to exercise. I’ve started telling my octogenarians to start training … Continue reading

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