Advice on Mid-Air Medical Emergencies


Health care practitioners who are traveling need to plan ahead in case of a mid-air medical emergency, according to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine.

How Women Can Catch Up on Retirement Savings

Because women live longer and earn less money than men, they need to save $126 for every $100 men save in order to have a decent standard of living in old age. And the biggest financial challenge women face is longevity – we live longer than men and are more likely to end up alone in old age. So how can women build a bigger nest egg? Here, financial security expert and two-time New York Times bestselling author Pamela Yellen offers strategies to help women close a gender savings gap.

No Link Between Coffee and AFib

There is no association between coffee consumption and an increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to research published September 2015 in the open access journal BMC Medicine. The research includes a meta-analysis of four other studies, making it the largest study its kind, involving nearly 250,000 individuals over the course of 12 years.

Taming Hot Flashes Without Hormones

Some three-quarters of North American women have menopausal hot flashes, but many cannot use hormones for medical reasons or choose not to. Numerous products and techniques are promoted for hot flashes, but do they work and are they safe?

Solve the Medical Riddle: She Has Had a Constant Headache for Two Weeks and Her Pupils Are Not the Same Size, Second 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.

Last week, the patient reported her symptoms. The doctor proceeded with the examination using the components of the classic S-O-A-P notes, which are as follows:

S=Symptoms or Chief Complaint


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