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    1. Seniors' Brains Can Be Affected By Multiple Meds

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a sharp rise in the number of American seniors who take three or more medications that affect their brains, a new study reveals. The study looked at seniors' use of opioid painkillers, antidepressants, tranq

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    2. Pop! Goes That Balloon, and Maybe Your Hearing

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blowing up your kid's birthday balloons could end in a bang -- and hearing loss, new research suggests. The Canadian study found that a bursting balloon can create sound that's louder than a shotgun and might damage hearin

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    3. For Millions, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Hearing

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The noise of modern life causes permanent hearing damage to many U.S. adults who don't even suspect they've experienced a loss, federal researchers reported Tuesday. Up to now, it's been suspected that work-related noise

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    4. Better Sleep Could Mean Better Sex for Older Women

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A more satisfying sex life may be only a good night's sleep away for women over 50, new research finds. Researchers led by Dr. Juliana Kling of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., tracked data from nearly 94,000 women

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    5. Rates of Early Deaths Rise for Whites, Drop for Blacks

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Premature death rates in the United States have fallen for some groups but risen in others, a federal study says. Researchers looked at death certificate data from 1999 to 2014. They found that rates of premature death

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    6. Fitter Seniors May Have Healthier Brains

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Good heart and lung fitness can benefit older adults' brains, researchers report. They assessed the heart/lung fitness of healthy young adults (aged 18 to 31) and older adults (aged 55 to 74), and compared their ability t

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    7. Too Much Sitting Ages You Faster

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You might age a lot faster if you sit too much, a new study warns. Researchers who assessed nearly 1,500 older women found those who sat most of the day and got little exercise had cells that were biologically older by

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    8. Hour Nap May Boost Older Adults' Brain Function

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Napping for an hour in the afternoon may provide a mental boost for older adults, a new study suggests. This extra daytime sleep was linked to improved memory and ability to think clearly among the Chinese study par

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    9. Want a Sharper Brain as You Age? Volunteer

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who are active in local community groups may have slightly sharper mental skills at the age of 50, a new study suggests. British researchers said their findings build on evidence that social engagement may help slow m

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    10. Female Doctors May Have an Edge

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older Americans who land in the hospital are more likely to survive if their doctor is a woman, a new study suggests. In a national study, researchers found that older hospital patients treated by female internists had a slig

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