Gerontology in the News
On this page we will examine news
from the fields of gerontology (knowledge of the process of aging) and geriatric (medical
term for "old-age-related") medicine. Gerontologists are a
multidisciplinary group composed of psychologists, physiologists, biologists, cell
biologists, molecular geneticists, social workers, political scientists, architects, urban
planners, public administrators, attorneys, sociologists, medical anthropologists,
physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and politicians.
Wherever gerontologists gather, there are likely to be some interesting discussions.
Nursing Home Ratings
The chance of any given person being in a
nursing home for any part of his or her life is less than 40% (and even then, it
isn't always for the remainder of your life) but if you, or a family member, are
in that 40%, the need for consumer information can be quite pressing. Here
are some links to resources focusing on violations:
Committee on Reform Report on Nursing Home Conditions in the San Francisco
Comparison of Medicare Certified Nursing Homes
Isn't it all in the head?
Male sexual arousal seems like is a matter of will and hydraulics. It was commonly
assumed by many men that as their overall vigor declined, so too did the pump powering
their passion. Scientifically, there is a very different explanation to how the
penis becomes erect. Less important than "the power of the man behind the
hose" is the ability of certain arterioles in the penis to relax, and by doing so,
pinch of the venous return of the blood from the penis to the rest of the body. The
mechanism(s) of vascular relaxation seem to decline as a whole over the lifespan so it
seemed as if the circulation in the penis was just part of a bigger, more complex
phenomenon related to hypertension. Sure enough, Viagra!
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