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Before patients can state their preferences about dying, they need to talk about them first. Doctor and patient via michaeljung/Shutterstock

Last wishes and clear choices – learning how to talk about end-of-life care

Conversations around end-of-life medical care can be challenging. Consider someone I’ll call Mrs. Jones, an elderly patient with advanced heart disease. When her doctor asked her to discuss the kind of…
We need to rethink care for the elderly. Image of hands via Lighthunter/Shutterstock

More aging boomers, but fewer doctors to care for them

By 2030, the last of the Baby Boomer generation will have turned 65 years old, putting the population of “senior boomers” in the United States at approximately 71 million. Currently, only about 7,000 certified…

Drinking problems impact on memory later in life

People with a history of drinking problems in middle age are more than twice as likely to exhibit memory problems in later…
Those days need not remain in photographs. carlos-smith

Genetic switch controls body’s tissue repair system

It is a sad fact that old age brings diseases. Many may not be life-threatening, but they make life less fun. One such condition is sarcopenia, which causes the loss of muscle mass and strength, and it…

Fall in hip fracture rates among over 55s

Research has found a drop in hip fracture rates in people over 55. Analysis of data from the Geelong Osteoporosis Study…

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