Elder Care

Depression and Suicide Among Older Adults: The Benefits of Screening and Prevention

by Mary Byron • June 20, 2018

Depression and suicide when seen through the eyes of 14-year old songwriter Mike Altman is pretty chilling. But depression actually cuts through demographics and financial status. Lately, the close succession of suicides of high-profile, successful personalities like musician Avicci, actor Vern Troyer, designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain affirm the alarming findings of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that suicide is on the rise in the United States […]

Grab More Face-to-Face Patient Time

by Mary Byron • May 16, 2018

Increasingly, Doctors are spending more time charting and less time with patients. A study published in Family Medicine in 2018 found that while an average patient visit had around 16 minutes of face-to-face patient time, it was accompanied with 19 minutes of charting, documenting and administration.  An Annals of Internal Medicine study tells an even […]

Improving the Health of High Risk Diabetics and Prediabetics Through Preventative Visits

by Mary Byron • April 22, 2018

Diabetes is a disease that shows up frequently during HPI and Self-Evaluation in Annual Wellness Visits. Prediabetes (Metabolic Syndrome) is also one of the most common chronic states that is an unexpected finding during such visits. This is not surprising considering that according to CDC, about 30M Americans or roughly 1 out of 10 is […]