August 24, 2012 @ 10:45 PM
We Celebrate Baby Boomers -- Why Not 90-Year-Olds?
All the news these days is about Baby Boomers and about how they're changing the face of aging with an in-your-face attitude. And since we’re Boomers, we love to hear about all the changes we're making.
But it seems to me that all this Boomer hype is seriously detracting from another group of women and men; those over 90 years old, a population that is expected to more than quadruple over the next four decades. Living to be over 90 is an accomplishment not recognizedmuch outside of family and friends of the older person celebrating her longevity. Living to be over 100 does get some recognition, a letter from the president for example, but there's ...
August 15, 2012 @ 3:29 PM
My Colonoscopy Journal
By: Dave Barry
I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy.
A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis.
Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner.
I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!'
I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called ......
August 8, 2012 @ 4:08 PM
FDA Approves Ingestible Sensor That Tracks Health From The Inside
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an ingestible digital sensor that can be swallowed in a pill to track health data from inside the body. The idea is that the data can be used not only by patients themselves, but also by caregivers and doctors to individualize their care.
The ingestible sensor, formerly known as the Ingestion Event Marker or IEM, is already approved for use in Europe.
It is the first "digital pill" to receive FDA approval, in a move that its maker Proteus Digital Health, whose headquarters are in Redwood City, California, sees as the start of a era where digital medicine "shifts the care paradigm".
On Monday, ...