By David C. Flinders, MD

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Helping elderly patients avoid frailty syndrome

Be alert to the possibility of this condition, particularly in those older than 75. Find out what steps clinicians can take to keep these patients safe. Mrs. H, aged 91 and a widow, lives with her daughter. An aide comes in three times a week to assist with the older woman’s personal care while her…

When thyroid hormone levels are insufficient

The key to managing hypothyroidism is establishing the primary cause and determining whether the disorder is persistent or transient. This statistic may surprise you: Hypothyroidism is the second most common endocrine disorder (after diabetes) encountered in primary care. Failure to produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone occurs in children and adults and increases in frequency…

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