Recently, a generally healthy friend of mine had two small, unrelated surgeries over the course of a few months. For the first, a small operation on his hand, he received a prescription for 30 oxycodone pills. He used one the night after surgery, to make sure pain wouldn’t wake him. Over the next few days he used a few over the counter acetaminophen tablets for his modest discomfort, and then …
Post Author: Tia Powell, MD
How do we balance freedom and safety for those with dementia, particularly in the risky domains of sex, driving and money?
In 2014, Henry Rayhons, a 78-year-old Iowan, was arrested because he allegedly had sex with his wife.
The Rayhonses, both previously widowed, met while singing in a church choir. Over time, Mrs. Rayhons developed dementia and went into a nursing home. At one point, a roommate reported hearing …
The other day I landed on the website of 23andMe. To my surprise, I learned that if I wanted to send the company a sample of my DNA, I’d have to swear under penalty of law neither to collect my sample nor mail it from New York State. That’s because New York State requires a laboratory license and direct interaction with a physician for mail order DNA testing.
New York, it …
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