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Some Surprising Truths About Caregivers

Although the “sandwich generation” is usually believed to include many caregivers, in fact they make up a very small part of the caregiving population, according to a new study.

The research, published in Population and Development Review, is believed to be the first to break down unpaid caregiving in the United States by age and gender of caregivers and those they care for.

Fireworks Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

Fireworks on the Fourth of July are as American as apple pie. Carol Cunningham, MD, Emergency Medicine Physician at Akron General Health System in Ohio urges using common sense when it comes to handling fireworks to celebrate our country's birthday.

Non-Surgical Treatment for a Disease of Aging Eyes

In two ancillary studies of two multi-center international clinical trials led by the University of Southern California (USC) Eye Institute, the injectable drug ocriplasmin (brand name Jetra) appears to improve vision among patients suffering from symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion (VMA), a condition related to the aging eye that could cause permanent vision loss if left untreated.

Low Heart Rate Variability Dampens Women’s Sex Drive

Chances are good that women with a low heart rate variability also suffer from sexual dysfunction. That's the finding from a study led by Amelia Stanton of The University of Texas at Austin published in June 2015 in Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

Solve the Medical Riddle: She Itches All Over Even Though She has No Rash or Hives, Fourth 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 PCP. The doctor gave her a complete examination using the components of the classic S-O-A-P notes, which are as follows:

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