Geriatric Pharmacology // Drug Repurposing

Geriatric Pharmacology

Today was spent in a seminar on Geriatric Pharmacology. Much of it was very useful but some was out of my scope of practice as I am definitely not a prescriber. But the presenter was excellent, extraordinarily knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. I need to get a certain number of Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for my license renewal.

I drew this while he was discussing something that really was over my head: the biochemestry of drug metabolism. That’s the drawing of the slide on the right.

There is a connection to art in all this. ! Digitalis, which is from foxglove – is refined into a medication called digoxin, used for Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and atrial fibrillation (afib).

Pocket Moleskine sketchbook, Uni-ball vision needle pen, light watercolor washes.

12 Feb update: a friend who is a PharmD wrote to me about my blog. She said, “Halos are a sign of digitalis toxicity!”

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If you are saying that social science has lower correlations between predictor variables and criterion variables, you are correct.
However, if you are saying that chemistry (in the form of pharmacology) produces more effective cures for mental disorders than psychotherapy, that is not the cause with certain disorders.
In any event, any research comparing those treatments would have to use social science derived measures. See the research on the Geriatric Depression Scale.

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In SF for grad studies, but learned alot about these two areas...if you should decide on childhood deve, i would strongly suggest specializing in special education; there is alot of need for it in all communities, and to specialize would really open you up to a whole host of needs, such as genetic realted, drug related, injury related, and of course the all inclusive developmental. another area of study would be in geriatrics, there are many programs, for this as well as for the former area, though ucsf has many programs you could take advantage of even if you are not a grad or medical student; the key is to research the schools that have good bachelors and or master/PhD programs especially in geriatrics; i worked at the UCSF memory clinic & alzheimer's center via field placement and learned alot about the job market aspects to he…

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