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Agesim in medicine: 2

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An interesting study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology concerned the reality that even the practice of oncology, that is, taking care of people with cancer, is very ageist. It all begins with one pretty damning statistic: Although 2/3 of people with cancer are over the age of 65 (after all, the rate of nearly […]

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Alcohol: Another negative effect

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If you already have atrial fibrillation (AF) or if you’re worried about it, and if you’re aging, you should definitely at least consider the prospect you may end up with AF, then you may – actually, you should – either learn to abstain from alcohol or at the very least, significantly cut down on how […]

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Ageism is rampant in medicine

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Full disclosure: I’m totally biased – I’m old and every old person is biased because, well, we’ve learned, haven’t we? But you know what? That is also true for every young person and every not-young-anymore-but-not-yet-old-either person, too. Anyway, the reason there is so much age discrimination in medicine – much more than for any other […]

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Splain this, if you can, Lucy

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So everyone should know by now that alcohol is a pretty potent carcinogen. But in fact, according to a recent American survey only about 25 % of people know that alcohol raises the risk of cancer. So let me repeat: Alcohol raises the risk of many cancers, perhaps most notoriously breast cancer (“notoriously” because at […]