Tuesday, September 22, 2009

MacArthur Genius Award: Reducing Falls in the Elderly - Health Blog - WSJ

By Jacob Goldstein

For a 75-year-old with high blood pressure, the risk of death or serious disability resulting from a fall is just as high as the risk of death or serious disability caused by a stroke. But a generation ago, doctors thought of falling as an inevitable risk, not something they could do anything to prevent as part of caring for patients.

That’s how Mary Tinetti, a geriatrician at Yale med school, laid things out for us when we got her on the phone to chat about the MacArthur genius grant she just won.
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