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Canadian Deprescribing Network

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A very large proportion (probably most) of the emails I get concern a medications (or several medications) that the emailer is not sure they should be taking, and from the (limited) information the emailer usually can provide, it invariably seems to me that the writer is right to question the continuing use of that medication. […]

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Watch Out: Your rug (and your bed) can maim you

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Common sense would tell you that most hip fractures in seniors occur in the winter when people with less mobility and resilience are more likely to fall on slippery – wet or icy – surfaces. But if your common sense tells you that, turns out that your common sense may be wrong, at least according […]

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Watch Out: Cook your meat well

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We lose muscle power as we age – the term for that is sarcopenia – and the common claim is that this occurs at roughly 8-10 % per decade (higher, of course, in those who do less exercise), and that it accelerates after the age of 70. No one really knows why this happens of […]

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Wasting eye drops

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I recently had a cataract operations that was accompanied by a several-week regimen of taking eye drops several times every day, and although I focussed hard on doing the job right, I spilled more eye drops onto my cheeks than I managed to get into my eyes. Yes, I am a klutz but that had […]

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Dance, dance, dance

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This not news: falling is a huge huge health risk as we age. It starts kicking up in our forties and it gets progressively worse as we get older especially as we pass into our late 70s and 80s. Why? Because of all the complications that can ensure from a fall starting with the scariest, […]

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Greenery is good for ya

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I’ve written this before but it always bears repeating: One of the best things you can do for yourself is to expose yourself to greenery. As much and as often as you can because there is clearly something very helpful to your well-being about being in nature as much as possible although as ever, we […]

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Watch Out: I’m back

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Apologies for this long interval between items but we’ve been attending to some major medical issues in the family, and (I say this with my usual trepidation on all medical matters) thankfully, there seems to be a happy ending in sight. So thanks to all those who’ve waited (impatiently, I’m sure) for the next item […]

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Watch Out: Pre-cut veggies are not a good choice

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Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Whole Foods and other food merchandisers have just had to recall some vegetable products from packaged vegetable supplier Mann Packing because of fears the veggies may carry listeria, which has the potential to be a very serious infection for some people, such as the very young, seniors, and those with immune-related disorders. […]

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Watch Out: Don’t judge a drug by its TV ads

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Ever wonder why those drug ads on TV go on and on and on and on, boring you to tears by listing every single possible side effect and potential negative consequence of taking that drug (“boring to tears” is a well-known common side effect of drug advertising, by the way)? Easy: Listing every single thing […]