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Is there a single cause for sexual performance issues? Sexual arousal can start with excitement and wonder. Too often it can end in frustration for men who experience problems when engaging in sex with their partners. The reasons behind the problem can be chemical, physical, and psychological. When it is a combination of causes, finding the right solution takes patience. Talking with partners and consulting medical experts about the possible factors that lead to male sexual dysfunction is the first step. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition that develops in men of all ages. Male erections begin with sexual arousal in the brain and develop into sexual desire. ...
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As many bodybuilders and gymnasts would agree, working out to beef up muscles is like a slow journey. It educates you on your discipline, dedication, courage, your inner strength, and most importantly, about your biology! To achieve this, many resort to eating every couple of hours. Performing   strength training   and building   muscle mass . And even include an   occasional day for intermittent fasting ! While this is all good, the reality is that not many are willing to be patient, sweaty it out, and take each day as it comes. NO, SIREE. They want results, that too fast! Many even resort to   taking SARM stacks   to sculpt their body and ...
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Even if nature didn't dish out the kind of looks you covet, thanks to scientists, people can make the most of the looks they have. Just because you're over 50, too, doesn't mean you have to put up with flabby, sagging skin. After all, sagging skin is the result of skin not supported by underlying muscle. We look at ways to boost muscle building and give shape. 100% genuine muscle building products Muscles and muscle-building supplements aren't just for men, and women, too, are constantly looking for excellent muscle-building tips that will help them look leaner and stronger. Steroids USA , with their 100% genuine products direct from the manufacturer, ...
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There are different options to choose from when it comes to Medicare Advantage plans so it’s important to take your time and consider your options before you sign up for one.  That’s because your Medicare Advantage plan will determine the costs you end up incurring when the rubber meets the road as well as your experience when it’s time to make a claim.  Read on for some of the plans that you have at your disposal right now.  Health Maintenance Organization An HMO is basically a network that includes different types of healthcare professionals, doctors, and hospitals.  As an insurance company, HMOs offer discounts to their members in exchange ...
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People who sit for long often find themselves complaining of lower back pain. You could be working on your computer for ten hours a day and cause a large amount of pressure to build in your lower back. When the built-up pressure goes unattended, it turns into lower back pain and can be very discomforting. Your lower back muscles could also exert pressure on the surrounding discs leading to excruciating pain in the lower back. You can deal with lower back pain in several ways. Sleep on a good mattress for lower back pain relief There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep on a comfortable mattress. The challenge is to find the best mattress that can ...
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Even before the crisis of COVID-19, so many of us were already caught up in an exhausting cycle of work and family stress, compounded by the relentless pulse of digital technology. This was particularly true for Jocelyn, a 17-year old girl from Washington, D.C. who was featured in   Nature: No App Required , a film short for   TakeFive , a program of   The   TakeCare Campaign . This is a national initiative that offers tools to help people improve their own health and well-being through messages embedded in inspirational short films.  Jocelyn was feeling so constantly stressed and overwhelmed by her high school life, that she suffered frequent chest ...
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Dear collegues,  I share with you this survey (it has a Spanish and an English version) about perceptions of aging in doctors. Our intention is to know if the region and the generation to which it belongs influence the way we understand / visualize old age as doctors. There are multiple research works that suggest that we doctors are the oldest elements of the health team, these works also make it evident how old age in doctors affects the therapeutic decisions we make in older patients. Better understanding of the determinants of aging in medical personnel has the potential to eventually inform interventions to lessen it. We will sincerely thank you for helping ...
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I’m writing today because we need our AGS members who have primary care geriatrics practices—across settings—to complete the survey conducted by the Larry A. Green Center on behalf of the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) . Here in the tri-state area, the AGS staff are turning the corner on four weeks of teleworking. We hope it’s helping further your true heroism on the front lines of caring for individuals with COVID-19. We’ve watched as our members report taking on hospital shifts, changing workflows to deliver care to older adults in new ways, and grappling with the heart-breaking toll this diseases has taken on older adults and ...
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This week, a copy of the recently released 7th edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual landed on my desk. Frankly, for the AGS team, it was as if we hit a walk-off home run in the last inning of the World Series. Why were we excited? With this edition of the manual, the APA has included recommendations on bias-free language related to age (see an excerpt here) . These recommendations emanate from work begin in 2014 by the Leaders of Aging Organizations (LAO; the AGS is a founding member) and its research partner, the Frameworks Institute.  These changes follow on changes that the American Medical Association (AMA) ...
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Many of you know I'm a social media denizen, so it probably comes as no surprise that I keep a close eye on what's trending in the Twittersphere. One of my favorite trending topics in 2019 was the rise of a new hashtag for our field: #ThisIsGeriatrics .  It's worth perusing some of the related posts, not only because they highlight significant milestones from a year when geriatrics really excelled but also because they speak to a deeper part of who our professionals are, what they aspire to accomplish, and how they are improving care for us all as we age.  The posts also got me thinking about what geriatrics really "is."  We're fortunate to have an abundance ...
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It’s the moment every geriatrics policy wonk has waited for…  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this past Friday issued the final rule for the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). As a quick refresher, the MPFS outlines how physicians and other qualified health care professionals (QHPs) will be paid by Medicare in the next calendar year. The AGS submitted comments on a proposal for the rule in late September. You can see what we had to say in those early days here (if you’re looking for even more background on why commenting on the MPFS is a priority here at the AGS, check out our JAGS article from 2018 ). The final rule is ...
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As National Diabetes Month gets underway, we thought it would be useful to highlight the progress we’ve made on aligning guidelines for the care of older adults with diabetes. We’re so pleased that our own diabetes guideline (first released in 2003) has sparked changes in guidelines from the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Our Guiding Principles for Diabetes infographic provides an overview of where we see alignment across the AGS, NDEP, and ADA guidelines. The infographic tees off a plenary address by Carol Mangione, MD, MSPH, FACP, at the 79th ADA Scientific Session in San Francisco this year. We’re ...
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I have a memory clinic in a rural area (Western North Carolina), I generally use the MOCA, however I have many patients who have education levels in the range of 2nd-6th grade. I have had to try and evaluate different cognitive domains based on just personal experience, using different parts of cognitive tests that I think a patient may be able to complete. Recently I gave the MOCA to my 8 year old and my 6 year old to try and see what areas they could perform on.  I spoke to the principal of the elementary school that my children attend, she has a PhD and interested in research. I was thinking about looking at each grade level, age level and seeing what they ...
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Last Friday, we hosted the Mount Sinai #Geriatrics and #GeriPal fellows in the AGS offices. It was fun and informative (at least I thought so, and I hope the fellows agree!).  One of the questions we fielded was about the upcoming launch of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Geriatric Surgery Verification and Quality Improvement Program at their annual quality conference. Had we seen the article in the New York Times and what did we think about it? I quipped that I suspected we hadn’t been mentioned (we hadn’t) and then went on to talk about the AGS’s long-standing focus on improving the ability of surgical and related medical specialists to care for ...
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A number of AGS members have alerted us to changes in the terms of use for the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), announced in an email from Dr. Ziad Nasreddine, the founder of MoCA Test Inc. Dr. Nasreddine holds the copyright to MoCA. AGS members are collaborating on an editorial for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society ( JAGS ) that will lay out some of the implications of this change and potential strategies geriatrics could take in response. The AGS will be reviewing ways it can support members in identifying alternate instruments in the public domain, with the goal of ensuring members are aware of validated instruments that can support the ...
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As many of you may have heard, a panel of federal appeals judges in New Orleans will soon weigh in on a lower court decision in Texas v. United States . This case from April 2018 saw Texas and 19 other states (plus two individual plaintiffs) argue successfully that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual mandate provision was unconstitutional after Congress eliminated it as part of tax reform passed in 2017. According to the Texas trial court, this action “compel[led] the conclusion” that the individual mandate ceased to be a Constitutional exercise of Congress’ taxing power because the associated financial penalty no longer “produce[d] at least some ...
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The Administration for Community Living (ACL) recently released the 2018 Profile of Older Americans , an annual summary of critical statistics related to the older population in the United States. Looking for a  CliffsNotes summary before your deeper dive (#SummerReading)? Check out this summary infographic compliments of the AGS. Want a PDF of the infographic? Click here. Loading... //
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Your bags are packed. Your Twitter Bingo card is prepped. Your #AGS19 app is downloaded. It’s time to start populating that meeting calendar.  I am hoping that, as you look at what you want to do, you’ll make it a priority to visit some of our AGS Health in Aging Foundation-supported trainee presenters. Thanks to support from AGS members, more than 50 trainees are presenting their work in Portland. We are #AGSProud of you for supporting the next generation of health professionals who are potentially interested in pursuing careers in aging research or already, in the case of our incoming fellows, embarked on these careers.  Click here  to see where ...
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We are delighted to report that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has reversed its earlier decision that applicants holding Veterans Affairs (VA) appointments were ineligible for the Geriatrics Academic Career Award (GACA) program. This is an important change that aligns HRSA with other federal agencies (e.g., the National Institutes of Health, NIH) when determining eligibility for applicants who work in the VA.   When the AGS first learned about application issues for VA employees, we reached out to HRSA to ask that they reconsider this decision, citing NIH policy and noting that the initial decision risked penalizing geriatrics health ...
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Writing is hard work, and over the past several months a lot of AGS and ADGAP members have been writing grants in response to calls for applications from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). February 6 th was the last due date, and one could almost hear the sighs of relief as Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program applicants, the Geriatrics Academic Career Award applicants, and those of us applying to serve as the Clinician-Scientists Transdisciplinary Aging Research Coordinating Center (Clin-STAR CC) hit our submit buttons to HRSA and NIA. During our own collaborative grant writing efforts as ...
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