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The number of Americans aged 65 years or older is expected to double in the next 50 years. And, while comparatively few of today's physicians still will be practicing a half-century from now, most are aware that assuring high-quality care for older Americans already is a serious challenge.
Hippocrates warned, in the fifth century BC, that "one should be especially on guard against weather changes." Taking that ancient lead, modern investigators are looking for possible links between climate and health.
For decades, physicians have expounded on arthritic patients' ability to sense...
Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, understand the complexities of environment-health interactions. The CDC's Center for Environmental Health has investigated outbreaks of illness in which the causes ranged from rug shampoo to volcanic eruptions.
In 1980, for example,...
When office workers report vague symptoms that appear during working hours and abate on weekends and vacations, employers and physicians may be inclined to downplay the complaints. Now, the differential diagnosis must include the newly emerging "sick building" syndrome.
Emil J. Bardana, MD,...
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