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Date:8/22/2007

as saliva and vaginal swabs, the results of which will appear in follow-up studies. The samples will provide information on hormone levels, prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes and the frequency of human papillomavirus (HPV), which is sexually transmitted.

While this research will pave the way for far more information in the future, for the present, it may help open the doors of communication.

"For physicians, it really gives us a wake up call that you should be asking about sexual function," said Dr. Laurie Jacobs, chief of geriatric medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

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For more on aging and sex, head to Cornell University.



SOURCES: Aug. 20, 2007, teleconference with Stacy Tesser Lindau, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and of medicine-geriatrics, University of Chicago; Linda Waite, Ph.D., the Lucy Flower Professor in Urban Sociology, University of Chicago, and Director of the Center for Aging at NORC (National Opinion Research Center), Chicago; Edward Laumann, Ph.D., the George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor in Sociology, University of Chicago; Laurie Jacobs, M.D., chief of geriatric medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City; Marcia G. Ory, Ph.D., professor of social and behavioral health and director, Aging and Health Promotion Program, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, College Station, Texas; Barbara Paris, M.D., director of geriatrics, Maimonides Medical Center, New York City; Aug. 23, 2007, New England Journal of Medicine


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