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Is it Time to Consider the Older Adult Assessment Program?

Publish Date: 10/17/2016

Older son with elderly fatherYour dad prides himself on being active and independent – always the life of the party. But lately you’ve noticed he is becoming forgetful, showing signs of depression and is losing interest in doing the things he loves. While life’s later years can be active and satisfying, sometimes obstacles arise. 

Fortunately, the physicians and staff of the Washington University Older Adult Assessment Program provide comprehensive assessments and recommendations for older adults and their families.

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General Health
Geriatric Medicine
David B. Carr

Masters of Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Publish Date: 10/17/2016

Loving coupleThe popular cable TV show, Masters of Sex, brings to life the ground-breaking work that Washington University researchers, William Masters, MD, and Virginia Johnson, did in the field of human sexuality in the 1960s.

At the time, their conclusion was that 8 in 10 men with erectile dysfunction developed the disorder because of psychological issues. Today we know there are numerous medical conditions for which this disorder is a symptom.

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Men's Health
Arnold D. Bullock
Urology

Nerve Transfer may help get You Back in the Game after an Injury

Publish Date: 10/17/2016

Your son was tackled during a football game a few weeks ago and came down hard on his shoulder. Four weeks of rest and rehab did nothing to help the pain and weakness – and now he is unable to move his shoulder or elbow. Your doctor recommended an MRI, which showed a severely torn brachial plexus and nerve damage.

General Health
Amy M. Moore
Nerve Injury
Neurological Surgery
Wilson Zachary Ray

The Buzz on Energy Drinks and Adolescents

Publish Date: 10/17/2016

energy drink canYour teenage son begins his day with an energy drink, sometimes has one for lunch and then another while he is doing his homework after school. He says it helps him concentrate better.  You are worried this is too much caffeine for his system – and you are right. The caffeinated boost these drinks give can cause a variety of health problems.

Child Health
Pediatrics

You can't Run from Stress Fractures

Publish Date: 10/17/2016

group of runnersThe half marathon was just a few weeks away, and you were a little behind in your training, so you amped up the distance in your daily runs. This sudden increase in training resulted in severe pain in your shin and you feared the worst, those two words no runner likes to hear – stress fracture.

General Health
Orthopedics
Sports Medicine

The 411 on Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Publish Date: 10/17/2016

little girl being examined by doctorYou could tell your little one was not feeling well -- she had a low-grade fever, was refusing to eat and had tiny blisters in her mouth and on her hands and feet. Her pediatrician said not to worry; it was likely hand, foot and mouth disease and it just needed to run its course. Here are some facts about this viral infection with a name that sounds worse than it is.

Child Health
Pediatrics
Kristine G. Williams

When Less is More (Lung Function)

Publish Date: 10/17/2016

You’ve been living with emphysema for years, and every year it gets a little harder to breathe. Your doctor has told you about a treatment that sounds radical, but has results that are hard to ignore. He is talking about lung volume reduction surgery and would like to see if you are a candidate.

General Health
Bryan Fitch Meyers
Lung Volume Reduction
Pulmonary Medicine
Thoracic Surgery
Roger D. Yusen

UTIs in Older Adults -- Don't be Confused

Publish Date: 10/17/2016

Daughter with older motherYou were visiting your mom and she seemed very confused and disoriented. She claimed the retirement home had moved her to a different apartment and she didn’t know why. Fortunately, you knew the reason for her confusion was not to be ignored because you had seen this out-of-sorts behavior before.  Your mom hadn’t been moved to a new apartment, but she probably had another urinary tract infection.

Women's Health
Primary Care

Macular Degeneration -- Thief of Sight

Publish Date: 10/17/2016

It started gradually -- your eyesight was a bit blurred and wavy, and then you noticed objects in the central part of your field of vision seemed to disappear. A visit to your ophthalmologist confirmed you had macular degeneration – now the leading cause of vision loss in Americans, 60 years of age and older.

General Health
Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology, Retina
Rajendra S. Apte

Winning Combination for Skin Resurfacing

Publish Date: 10/17/2016

woman's face with wrinkles and imperfectionsLiving through your teenage years with severe acne was bad enough, but now you have scars that no amount of make-up can cover. You’ve heard there is a new technique available that provides noticeable results, but with less downtime than more invasive procedures. Is this treatment right for you?