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  1. Physical Activity Boosts Brain Health

    Nov. 1, 2012 -- Add lower risk for memory problems to the list of potential benefits from regular physical activity. New research shows that older people who reported exercising for 30 minutes at least three times a week had a nearly 40% lower risk of dementia compared to people who were less active

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  2. Exercise Protects Aging Brains

    Oct. 22, 2012 -- Staying mentally sharp as you age may have more to do with working out than working on crossword puzzles, new research suggests. People who stayed physically active into old age tended to have larger brains than those who did not exercise in the study, published today in the journal

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  3. Hospital Food Contaminated With C. diff

    Oct. 19, 2012 -- A new report suggests that hospital food is frequently contaminated with the dangerous diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff). Houston researchers found that about one-fourth of nearly 100 hospital food samples they tested were positive for C. diff. Among the worst culprits: t

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  4. Death Rates Drop for 5 Top Causes of Death

    Oct. 10, 2012 -- Death rates dropped significantly last year for five out of the 15 leading causes of death in the U.S., according to a new CDC report. Researchers say a major decline in three of the top five causes of death, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke, contributed to a slight decli

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  5. Insomnia, Anxiety Drugs May Raise Dementia Risk

    Sept. 27, 2012 -- Seniors who take certain kinds of drugs to treat anxiety or insomnia may be more likely to develop dementia than those who do not, a new study shows. Seniors are often prescribed benzodiazepines or similar drugs to help with sleeping problems or anxiety. And even though most of the

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  6. Which State’s Residents Live the Longest?

    Sept. 14, 2012 -- Hawaiians must be doing something right. A new report shows residents of the tropical state live longer than those of any other state in the country. The latest state-specific life expectancy tables from the CDC show Hawaiians’ average life expectancy at birth in 1999-2001 was 80 y

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  7. Cocoa May Sharpen Aging Brain

    Aug. 13, 2012 -- Drinking a cocoa-rich beverage every day may help brain health in older adults, a new study shows. The study, published in Hypertension, included 90 elderly people who already had mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which can include difficulty with memory, language, thinking, or judgm

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  8. Exercise May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's

    July 16, 2012 -- Being physically active -- whether it's aerobic activity like walking or resistance training to build muscles -- can keep your brain sharp and potentially reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease, new studies show. Exercise can even grow the brains of older adults, says resea

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  9. Health Highlights: September, Healthy Aging Month

    Each issue, WebMD the Magazine's "Health Highlights" focuses on a national health theme for the month with expert tips, reader comments, and eye-catching factoids. September is Healthy Aging month – follow these tips to stay at your peak! 1. Get moving Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy body a

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  10. Low Vitamin D Linked to Weight Gain in Older Women

    June 25, 2012 -- Older women with low blood levels of vitamin D may be more prone to pack on the pounds, when compared with women who have adequate vitamin D levels. Of more than 4,600 women aged 65 and older, those with insufficient levels of vitamin D in their blood gained about two pounds more th

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