Marina Peric, M.D.

June 5, 2021
Anemia in Elderly: Risks and Causes of Low Hemoglobin

Have you noticed a red flag marking low hemoglobin levels in your last laboratory results? You might be having anemia, a low number of red blood cells, or a low hemoglobin concentration in your blood. It is a common medical issue – studies state that more than 10% of people over 65 suffer from anemia, […]

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May 19, 2021
Parents Growing Old: A Guide for the Caring Kids

Aging is a part of the circle of life. Your once young parents, who brought you up and were there for you whenever you needed it, may need your help now. You probably want to do everything to make the final chapters of their lives happy, and their end dignified. But how do you achieve […]

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May 8, 2021
Does the Key to Understanding Alzheimer’s Lie in the Gut?

The human body is a home for a variety of microorganisms. Bacteria, viruses, and fungi reside on the skin, the eyes, in the upper parts of the respiratory system, lower parts of the urinary system, the vagina, and alongside the whole digestive tract – from the oral cavity to the anus. All these human body […]

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April 16, 2021
“It Is Not As If I Am Paralyzed”: Anosognosia, a Lack of Insight

Do you happen to know a person with dementia? As their condition progresses, you can see how their memory and other cognitive functions deteriorate. But can they prevent it? According to researches, 20-81% of patients with dementia are unaware of their impairment. This is what we call anosognosia, a neurological condition in which the patient […]

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April 13, 2021
Keeping Your Mind Sharp After 65? Take This Advice!

A decline in cognitive functions is a normal part of aging. While vocabulary, for example, doesn’t change or even improves with age. Other abilities, such as reasoning, processing, attention, and memory, inevitably worsen. This is more pronounced in patients with dementia or a mild cognitive impairment (MCI) but is not strictly reserved for them. The […]

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April 8, 2021
Beware of the Bone Thief - A Guide to Osteoporosis

More than two decades ago, the famous NHANES III study found that approximately 10% of people aged 50 and over suffer from osteoporosis. In 2010, these results were supplemented with the new findings: apart from 10% suffering from osteoporosis, 43% more have osteopenia. In other words, over 50% of people older than 50 have low […]

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March 9, 2021
Dynapenia, A Silent Killer of the Elderly

Dynapenia is the age-related loss of muscle strength and force. Tough it is a normal process that happens with aging, as the population grows older, dynapenia is gaining in importance, just like many other geriatric conditions. In 2008, CDC reported that 16-18% of women and 6-8% of men cannot stoop, kneel, or lift 10lbs (ca. […]

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February 27, 2021
Foods That Can Help Build Cartilage

According to Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the USA. Though there are several other causes of different types of arthritis, the most common cause is cartilage degeneration. The type of arthritis that develops, in that case, is called osteoarthritis. Cartilage is a cushioning surface in the joints - it covers […]

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January 28, 2021
Setting Expectations Before Learning To Walk Again With A Spinal Cord Injury

Most people with spinal cord injury have altered senses and impaired muscle function below the level of injury. Some of the examples include problems with bowel/bladder control and sexual dysfunction. Apart from these physical problems, spinal cord injury also means a great emotional burden for the patient and their family/friends. It is also a challenge […]

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January 28, 2021
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): Is It Possible To Walk Again?

Have you, or a family member of yours, suffered a spinal cord injury? If so, you are one of several million people worldwide that live with this issue. Being wheelchair-bound is the greatest fear for most of these people, and learning to walk again is their greatest wish. But should this wish rather be a […]

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