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Morning Medical Update: New primary care program for older adults lacks clinical benefits, The Medical School Admissions Cycle: A Month-by-Month Guide, Is a lingering cough after a cold normal?

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The top news stories in primary care today.

New primary care program for older adults lacks clinical benefits

A recent primary care program for older adults was well received, but lacked clinical benefits, according to a study. The program, called TAPESTRY (The Health Teams Advancing Patient Experience: Strengthening Quality), ran at six sites across Ontario from March 2018 to August 2019. It focused on relationship building within the community via home visits by volunteers and in-office visits with primary care doctors.

The Medical School Admissions Cycle: A Month-by-Month Guide

This May, college juniors will begin their application processes for medical school. In reality, these students have been preparing for years. “It’s a one-year process that becomes a two-year process if you really are serious about getting in,” says Jagdish Khubchandani, a professor of public health at New Mexico State University in a U.S. News article.

Is a lingering cough after a cold normal?

One in 4 adults experience a lingering cough that can last three to eight weeks after a cold. Reasons include postnasal drip and inflammation in the airways caused by the initial infection. Experts only recommend seeking care if you are coughing up blood, the cough gets stronger, or if initial cold symptoms reappear.

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