Katoski Today

May 6, 2014 @ 7:02 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Today the Bluebells are more spectacular.  We also saw our first Yellow Violets,  Gill-over-Ground, and Wild Phlox of the season. 

Take the time to enjoy the world around you.

Jay Ginther, MD


Katoski Greenway

May 4, 2014 @ 8:17 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

We took Gwen to Katoski Greenway today to see the spring flowers.  The 3/4 mile trail south of Ridgeway, east of Blackhawk Creek winds through riverbottom woodlands – surprizingly common in northeastern Iowa.

The Spring Beauties are at peak, as are the Purple Violets.  White Violets, a few Red Violets, Dutchman’s Breeches, and Trout Lillies are coming along.  Other woodland spring flowers will follow.  The grand spectacle of Katoski is the tens of thousands of Virginia Bluebells.  These are just beginning with many of the blossoms unopened and pink.

Blue Zone Gwen

May 2, 2014 @ 7:37 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Granddaughter Gwen is here for nearly a week!  She is 10 months old – just old enough to “make strange” until she is comfortable with someone she has not seen for a while.  Women have a definite edge.  Grammy was her friend by the time they got home from the handoff near the IA-MN border.  Papa was “chopped liver” until the next day.  But once she accepts you, she snuggles in and is delightful.

Gandchildren are a Blue Zone.  Although I had forgotten how closely they need to be watched when left mobile on the floor.  She is curious about everything.  She “walks” her way around the coffee table exploring the items on it.  She is much better at taking apart than reassembling.  For speed she drops to her knees and zooms.  She quickly mastered to 2 carpeted steps up and out of the family room.

Identify Fracture Risk – Prevent Fractures

April 23, 2014 @ 5:25 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Tomorrow I am at the 2014 National Osteoporosis Foundation meeting.  Actually the name “National Prevent Fractures Organization” would better explain our goals.  We don’t care about Osteoporosis as much as we care about Preventing Fractures.

DXA and T-score  test results of “osteoporosis” only identify about 15% of the persons who will fracture.  How can we identify those persons with “osteopenia” who will fracture?  We use FRAX and Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA).  My Poster # 18 tomorrow and Friday documents how adding VFA to DXA identifies additional persons at high risk for Fractures.