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A Computer Program to Help Patients, Doctors and Caregivers

New software for medical records will help provide more personalized care for older patients, according to researchers.

A study published in eGEMs, a peer-reviewed online publication recently launched by the Electronic Data Methods Forum, details the enhanced Electronic Medical Record Aging Brain Care Software, an automated decision-support system that enables care coordinators to track the health of the aging brain and help meet the needs of patients and their informal caregivers.

6 Qualities of Extraordinary Friendships

Numerous scientific studies show that developing friendships is an essential ingredient to a healthy life. But few people are intentionally trying to avoid heart disease or improve their blood pressure when they seek out, or stumble into, new friendships.

Men Far Less Likely to Prevent & Screen for Osteoporosis

While the consequences of osteoporosis are worse in men than women - including death - older males are far less likely to take preventive measures against the potentially devastating bone-thinning disease or accept recommendations for screening, according to research done by North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System geriatricians and presented at The American Geriatrics Society's 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC in May.

Many Probiotic Supplements Are Contaminated with Gluten

More than half of popular probiotic supplements contain traces of gluten, according to an analysis performed by investigators at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in New York City. Tests on 22 top-selling probiotics revealed that 12 of them (or 55%) had detectable gluten.

Solve the Medical Riddle: She Has Embarrassing Symptoms “Down There” After Making Love, Third Week

By Marie Savard MD

Editor’s note: Welcome to our ThirdAge feature that gives you a chance to play medical sleuth as we share the details of what happened when a patient presented with a problem that stumped the physician at first.

The first week of this riddle, the patient reported her symptoms to her gynecologist. The doctor proceeded with the examination using the classic S-O-A-P notes as follows:

S=Symptoms or Chief Complaint

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