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Aug

21

Selected essays....

Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 9:26pm

Below are selected essay with links to download several of them (many thanks to the University of Pennsylvania's Scholarly Commons that houses these dowloads).

1. The voting rights of older adults, particularly those with cognitive impairment:

Voting by Elderly Persons with Cognitive Impairment: Lessons from Other...

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Aug

04

Fear of Alzheimer's High, but Denial Less, Survey Shows

Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 2:20pm

As reported in USA Today, attitudes about memory-robbing Alzheimer's disease are evolving in a positive direction, a five-country survey suggests. Responses show that Alzheimer's is the second most-feared disease after cancer, except in Poland, where it's third, behind cancer and heart disease. Eight in 10 respondents said they would go to a doctor if they experienced confusion or memory loss. As many as 99% would take a family member with memory loss to the doctor. While...

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Jun

30

Don’t be wary of discussing clinical trials with patients

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 12:00am

In an article entitled “Don’t be wary of discussing clinical trials with patients” on American Medical News, Jason Karlawish, MD, discusses the question of what ethical obligation physicians have to patients who meet the trial eligibility criteria and are interested in participating. Click here to read the article.


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Jun

27

How risk is transforming aging, disease and medicine. Or, learning to practice desktop medicine.

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 3:00pm

In the Fall of 2010, while I was writing in my study, a phrase finally came to me: “desktop medicine.” It was one of those revelations. For years, I had been thinking about risk and medicine. 

This term describes how a desk with a networked computer is transforming medical science and, in turn, medical practice. Unlike bedside medicine that organizes the physician-patient relationship around the chief complaint guided history and physical and diagnosis based...

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Jun

15

End-of-life Care: How You Can Help Stressed Surrogates

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 12:00am

American Medical News looks at the grief that comes with losing a parent, spouse or sibling after a long illness which can be devastating. But there is an additional burden for family members involved in making end-of-life care decisions on behalf of loved ones. "We really need to have hospital spaces where families have room to be in there with patients, not just a chair but a cot to encourage relatives to stay there," says Jason Karlawish, MD, associate professor of...

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Apr

25

Voting from Nursing Homes: Tough for Vets, Tough for Everyone

Monday, April 25, 2011 - 12:00am

An article by the National Conference of State Legislatures looks at voting for wounded veterans in rehab facilities, noting that it’s not easy for anyone — a veteran or not — to vote from nursing homes. The 2011 report, "Bringing the Vote to Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities: A Study of the Benefits and Challenges of Mobile Polling", published in the January issue of Election Law Journal, details the problems: mobility, cognition, unclear regulation of what...

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