Keyword: geriatrics

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  • Round two: Team Clinton book ratchets up attack on obama...

    09/07/2014 3:19:11 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5 Sep 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Less than a month after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton distanced herself from President Obama by ridiculing his foreign policy, a key member of the Clinton kitchen cabinet is out with a new book that slams U.S. policy as “muddled, irresolute, and even feckless.” Doug Schoen’s double-barreled blast at Obama in the new book, The Russia-China Axis: The New Cold War and America’s Crisis of Leadership, is the latest sign that Clinton’s team will throw Obama under the bus if that’s what it takes to get her into the White House. “President Obama’s America is a passive, confused and...
  • Microbiome: Cultural differences

    12/08/2012 4:52:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Nature ^ | December 5, 2012 | Virginia Hughes
    Studies of gut bacteria are beginning to untangle how diet affects health in old age — but determining cause and effect is tricky. Almost everything about eating gets more difficult with age. Elderly people typically cannot taste or smell as well as they used to, decreasing the appeal of some foods. Dental issues or a dry mouth can impede chewing; loss of muscle tone in the pharynx can make swallowing difficult; constipation and the side effects of medication can make digestion uncomfortable; and decreased mobility makes a chore of grocery shopping or cooking complex meals. Little wonder that older people...
  • As Tampa Bay population ages, few doctors want to specialize in geriatrics

    11/26/2012 2:55:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | Nivember 26, 2012 | Letitia Stein
    TAMPA — Dr. Inna Sheyner cupped her hand to speak into the ear of her 91-year-old patient, pledging loudly to answer all his questions about his constellation of problems, from heart failure to constipation, requiring a dozen medications. "The problem is, you're not taking half of that list," she gently scolded Everett Haehnel. "You know that, and I know that." He promised to do better. Sheyner offered to have a pharmacist help him, and put in orders for a physical therapy session at his Sun City Center home and a consult for dementia. Two University of South Florida medical students...
  • Living to 100 and Beyond

    08/27/2011 8:56:46 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 27, 2011 | SONIA ARRISON
    In Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels," Gulliver encounters small group of immortals, the struldbrugs. "Those excellent struldbrugs," exclaims Gulliver, "who, being born exempt from that universal calamity of human nature, have their minds free and disengaged, without the weight and depression of spirits caused by the continual apprehensions of death!" But the fate of these immortals wasn't so simple, as Swift goes on to report. They were still subject to aging and disease, so that by 80, they were "opinionative, peevish, covetous, morose, vain, talkative," as well as "incapable of friendship, and dead to all natural affection, which never descended below...
  • Boomers Will Be Pumping Billions Into Anti-Aging Industry

    08/20/2011 5:05:02 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 34 replies
    lfdnews.com ^ | 08.20.2011 | N/A
    Baby boomers face of what used to be called the retirement age are offering 70 million members strong market for the legions of companies, entrepreneurs and plastic surgeons willing to take advantage of their “forever young” mode think, either through wrinkle creams, face lifts or training schemes. That adds to the potential bonanza. Market research firm Global Industry Analysts projects that fuel the boom in consumer base, “seeking to keep the dreaded signs of aging at bay,” will drive the U.S. market anti-aging products for about $ 80 million today to more than $ 114 billion by 2015. The baby...
  • I couldn't believe it

    09/17/2010 12:00:00 PM PDT · by Gordon Pym · 73 replies
    ME | 9-17-2010 | ME
    I just heard Nirvana on the oldies station
  • Military Health Benefits -- Retirees

    10/08/2009 11:16:11 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 7 replies · 527+ views
    Perhaps FR might feature this concern at the top of their menu? How will Obama's Health Reform proposals impact veterans 60 years and older who currently receive life sustaining treatment in such departments as oncology and cardiology via Tricare and hzd planned for Tricare For Life to fulfill the promise of our military service? When the Democrats say they will cut waste from medicare are they talking about us -- military retirees?
  • Is ObamaCare a form of Geriatric Genocide?

    08/07/2009 4:59:09 PM PDT · by BigKahuna · 18 replies · 483+ views
    Entitlement Syndrome ^ | 08/07/2009 | Scott Michaels
    Yes, I know...I'm engaging in a bit of hyperbole with the above title, but not all that much if you stop to take a look at a few of the plans for health care...I mean, health insurance reform floating around the Congress; especially HR 3200, which was the 1,000-plus page monstrosity belched up by Henry Waxman's Energy and Commerce Committee just before the House broke for recess. Boy, I bet those Lap...I mean Blue Dogs on that committee wish they'd taken the blue pill right about now, whaddaya think? Anyhoo...I've been doing a little research on what ObamaCare promises to...
  • Geriatric ED Patients Get Inappropriate Drugs (ED = emergency department)

    07/21/2009 1:50:48 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 419+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 1 July 2009 | BRUCE JANCIN
    NEW ORLEANS — One in six elderly patients who visit an emergency department receives a potentially inappropriate medication, according to a national study. That adds up to an estimated 2.7 million geriatric patients each year who get one or more medications with unfavorable risk-benefit ratios because of age-related changes in pharmacodynamics, according to Dr. William J. Meurer, who spoke at the annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. If the geriatric individual was prescribed two or more medications during their time in the emergency department, the odds that at least one of them would be potentially inappropriate jumped...
  • Ming The Clam Is 'Oldest Animal' (400 YO)

    10/28/2007 10:25:37 AM PDT · by blam · 57 replies · 589+ views
    BBB ^ | 10-28-2007
    Ming the clam is 'oldest animal' Shakespeare was writing plays when the clam was a juvenile A clam dredged up off the coast of Iceland is thought to have been the longest-lived creature discovered. Scientists said the mollusc, an ocean quahog clam, was aged between 405 and 410 years and could offer insights into the secrets of longevity. Researchers from Bangor University in Wales said they calculated the clam's age by counting rings on its shell. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the longest-lived animal was an Arctica clam found in 1982 aged 220. They are like tiny tape-recorders......
  • Spaniard, 67, becomes world oldest mum with twins

    12/30/2006 2:17:17 PM PST · by melt · 8 replies · 548+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/30/06 | Itziar Reinlein
    MADRID, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A 67-year-old Spanish woman became the world's oldest new mother on Saturday when she gave birth to twins, a Barcelona hospital said. The woman, who became pregnant after receiving IVF treatment in Latin America, gave birth by caesarean section, a spokeswoman at Hospital de la Santa Creu i San Pau told Reuters. Both the woman, from the southern Spanish region of Andalucia, and her babies were in good health the hospital said, though she added doctors had put the babies in an incubator. The unnamed woman who was giving birth for the first time is...
  • Frontline: Living Old A powerful and intimate journey of Americans living longer

    11/21/2006 9:18:42 PM PST · by Utah Binger · 30 replies · 728+ views
    Frontline ^ | November 21, 2006 | PBS
    For the first time in American history, "the old old" -- those over 85 -- are now the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Medical advances have enabled an unprecedented number of Americans to live longer, healthier lives. But for millions of elderly, living longer can also mean a debilitating physical decline that often requires an immense amount of care. And just as more care is needed, fewer caregivers are available to provide it. In "Living Old," FRONTLINE investigates this national crisis and explores the new realities of aging in America. "We're on the threshold of the first-ever mass...
  • Bikini babes: Beautiful and boring

    02/20/2005 11:02:37 AM PST · by Willie Green · 168 replies · 11,168+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, February 20, 2005 | Tom Purcell
    It's not working for me this year. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue just isn't working. We're told this issue will generate $50 million in ad sales, calendars, television shows and other spin-offs, but I think more people are thinking and feeling precisely what I am: The concept is tired and played out. Surely you've heard about the history of this issue. In 1964, the editors wanted to do something to draw readers during February. With football over and baseball not yet begun, readership usually plunged. So on Jan. 20, 1964, they launched the first swimsuit issue -- a cover shot...