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June 26, 2021

Treating Old Age in Mid-Life & What You Need to Know About Atrial Fibrillation
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Treating Old Age in Mid-Life & What You Need to Know About Atrial Fibrillation
People grow old at different rates, regardless of what the calendar says. Maxwell Elliott, a Ph.D. student in Duke University's Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, led research that suggests that doctors should identify and treat the diseases of old age by the time people celebrate their 45th birthday, before the problems escalate.

Then, many people may be living with a serious heart condition and not know it. But the signs and symptoms can be vague, so people often think they are simply out of shape or just getting older. This week's Mayo Clinic Q&A segment looks at symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation with Dr. Christopher DeSimone, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist who specializes in cardiac electrophysiology.

And, a recent study from Stanford University found that the majority of mass shootings in America might be prevented with aggressive action to identify and treat psychiatric disorders. Ira D. Glick, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, from the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine, believes that mental health providers, lawyers, and the public should be made aware that some unmedicated patients do pose an increased risk of violence and should receive treatment, whether they want it or not.

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