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Joseph S. Alpert, MD

Polypharmacy in Elderly Patients: The March Goes On and On

Polypharmacy is a major public health problem in the United States and abroad. Although there is no standard definition of polypharmacy, I see and recognize it every day in the outpatient and inpatient environment. A typical example that I saw yesterday was an 84-year-old man admitted to our internal medicine service for worsening heart failure. […]

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Osteopathic Manipulation in Treatment of Musculoskeletal Chest Pain

Throughout most of my 29 years of practicing clinical cardiology, I was never really satisfied with treatments I employed in the treatment of musculoskeletal chest pain. This was especially true with the recognition of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug complications. Now, at the end of primary clinical practice, I believe I have found a satisfactory treatment. My […]

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Looking for Sarcopenia Biomarkers

Sarcopenia, defined as age-associated loss of skeletal muscle mass and function, has emerged as an important public health issue. It is associated with higher mortality, morbidity, physical disability, and health care cost.1, 2While sarcopenia should be diagnosed with measurements of muscle mass and function, serum biomarkers are needed for screening of sarcopenia in a large population. […]

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American Journal of Medicine Editor Joseph Alpert

On Immigration: Welcome to America!

During the recent presidential campaign in the US, the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, had a number of negative things to say about recent immigrants to the US. While I typically avoid political issues in my commentaries in The American Journal of Medicine, with this editorial, I would like to go on record as disagreeing with President […]

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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

The Readmission Problem: A Modest Proposal Seeking a Solution

It is certainly no secret that patient readmissions shortly after discharge from the hospital create major healthcare and social problems today in the United States and throughout the world.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Given our ever increasing number of elderly, frail patients in the United States, it is not surprising that many of these individuals are readmitted soon after discharge. […]

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