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Archive for September, 2012

Cluttering up the Pressure Ulcer Staging System

I have a drawer in my desk into which I throw things that are not of much practical value but do not merit disposal. As the years go by this drawer has gotten filled with clutter. The same thing seems to be happening to the pressure ulcer staging system. In 1989 the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) did the healthcare community a great service …Read More

Myths and Realities of Blue Zones and Aging in America

I heard so much about the Blue Zone phenomenon that I went to check it out for myself. “Blue Zone” is the proposed name for a geographic area with large numbers of healthy elders. Advocates for this concept say they can reveal secrets for a longer, more productive life. Identified locations include Okinawa, Sardinia, certain towns in Costa Rica and Greece, and Loma Linda, California. Loma Linda was …Read More