Category Archives: Geriatrics and aging

Falls: Humpty Dumpty was just like you and me

  Sobering facts about falls in the elderly: The leading cause of injury that leads to death in people over age 65 is falling. That means 27,000 older adults in the US will not survive a fall in a year. Nearly 1 in … Continue reading

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November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

My grandfather, Heizel “Bill” Hilden, before he died used to say the goofiest things.  One doozy that I remember was when he flatly reported that the cane he carried came from the moon. It was a lovely gnarly wooden cane with … Continue reading

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Do you need a mammogram?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I wrote this post about 4 or 5 times.  The first draft found me in the weeds of details and statistics.  In the second draft I sounded too preachy.  My third attempt covered every … Continue reading

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Surgeon and TV star Dr. DiBardino talks heart valves

Hello from warm and muggy Minneapolis!  Yup, it’s summer here in the upper Midwest in my hometown.  Hope you’re cool and comfortable where ever you are checking in from. Today’s topic is loosely about heart surgery and I’ll highlight one of … Continue reading

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Quick tips: Heart valves, prolapsed uterus, gout

Hey hey hey!   Last week was an “Open Lines’ show and thanks to the best listening audience in the world, I had more questions than I had time for answers.  Here’s another edition of Quick Tips from the listener … Continue reading

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Pearls from Medicine Science: Tai chi may be good for arthritis

Reading this stuff . . . so you don’t have to. A few months ago I launched the first in what I hope will become a recurring series:  Pearls from Medical Science.  As many of you know, I strive to … Continue reading

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Dementia is not normal aging. It’s a disease.

Hi, everybody!  I’m back after a bit of a hiatus for a bit of family vacation.  Thanks for checking in! This week’s topic is dementia.  We talked about it with an expert colleague on our Healthy Matters radio broadcast and … Continue reading

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My dog is a slob: staying upright and avoiding falls (and a patient story)

Before I get started on this post . . .  I have started reading How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman, which is the selection for our online Healthy Matters book club.  Check out the recent post about it here and start … Continue reading

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