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  1. No Trials for the Aging

    April 3, 2000 -- (Great Falls, Mont.) -- A mammogram revealed a small cancerous tumor in Opal Addison's breast, and she opted for a lumpectomy. When her oncologist recommended that she enroll in a clinical trial of an experimental drug to prevent further cancer, Addison (not her real name) readily a

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  2. Silent Symptoms

    Feb. 21, 2000 (San Francisco) -- You'd certainly know if you were having a heart attack, wouldn't you? After all, you couldn't possibly miss symptoms as unmistakable as crushing chest pain or extreme shortness of breath. Or could you? As it turns out, more than one in five peopleover the age of 65 w

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  3. When You Need to Go, Go, Go

    There you are in a deep sleep when it happens again: Themounting pressure on your bladder, the sensation to urinate, the inability to avoid leaking a little before making it to the bathroom. It happens several times a night. And you may have been living with this discomfort and inconvenience for yea

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  4. Beyond Depression

    Sometimes James Coats would wake his family in the darkness of a quiet night because he was sure he was about to die. His chest hurt, he felt dizzy, and he had an overwhelming sense of doom. "I'd haul my wife and children off to the emergency room at two or three in the morning, because I thought I

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  5. Who Gets the Last Say?

    As the director of the intensive care unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Jeff Groeger, MD, often cares for patients who have been told they have little time left to live. Once the bad news sinks in, he must help them decide whether they should choose the most aggressive

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  6. Living Well to 100

    Is a person "old" at age 67? Yes, according to a survey of American adults earlier this year made by AARP, the nation's largest advocacy group for older persons. But what if the typical senior still had 30 years of good physical and mental health left at that age? For a small but growing number of p

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  7. Having a Happy Retirement

    When Saeed Amanullah retired seven years ago, he thought he had his life all figured out. Like many people hitting the retirement trail, he planned to do some consulting work and to go abroad to see the world. But for Amanullah, 71, of Orange County, CA, things didn't quite work out the way he expec

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  8. Never Too Late to Lose Weight

    Those extra pounds you've been meaning to shed may be hurting more than just your vanity. In fact, losing weight now may help you live longer. A recent study -- the largest yet on obesity and mortality -- has found that the more overweight you are, the higher your risk of death. The results, based o

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  9. Supplements to Boost Your Health

    Doctors instruct people 65 years and older to get flu shots, eat a high-fiber diet and do strengthening exercises to stay healthy. But of all the things older people can do, taking nutritional supplements ranks as one of the easiest, says Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, professor of nutrition at Tufts Univer

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  10. Ginkgo Biloba: The Fountain of Youth?

    Ginkgo biloba is an herb that has received acclaim as a memory enhancer and anti-aging product. It's now among the ten most popular dietary supplements sold in the United States. Although it has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine for lung disorders, ginkgo extract has more recently been

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