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  1. Memory Worries May Be Early Sign of Alzheimer's

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who notice new problems with balancing the checkbook or reading the newspaper may be at increased risk of dementia in the coming years, according to four new studies. The research, being presented this week at the A

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  2. Healthy Aging: What Can You Control?

    When it comes to aging, Bebe Shaw didn't hit the genetic lottery. Her mother died from congestive heart failure, her father of a heart condition. The younger of her two brothers had a heart attack at age 52, and her younger sister is on the verge of congestive heart failure. Shaw, 69, has high chole

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  3. Today's 90-Somethings Sharper Than Predecessors?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- People in their 90s today are mentally sharper than those who were in their 90s a decade ago, a new study contends. The Danish researchers compared 2,262 people who were born in 1905 and still alive in 1998 (aged 92 to 93) wit

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  4. U.S. Lagging Other Countries on Many Health Measures

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Life expectancy has increased in the United States over the last two decades, but Americans are also spending more of their lives in poor health, a sweeping new study finds. And despite being the biggest spender on health ca

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  5. The Social Toll of Hearing Loss

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Straining to catch the gist of conversations is frustrating enough, but a new study shows that seniors with hearing loss are also at increased risk for hospitalization, illness, injury and depression. Researchers analyzed data

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  6. Video Game May Help Keep Aging Brains Sharp

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping the brain nimble in older adulthood may be as simple as playing a video game, according to researchers who compared the thought-process benefits of crossword puzzles with a computer program that increased users' menta

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  7. 'Western' Diet Not the Way to Age Well

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new British study provides further evidence that eating a so-called "Western" diet may not be good for you in the long run. People who eat this kind of diet -- which includes fried and sweet foods, processed and red meat,

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  8. Mental, Physical Workouts May Keep Seniors Sharp

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- A little exercise and some mental stimulation may go a long way toward helping seniors stay sharp, a new, small study suggests. Researchers found the memory and thinking skills of 126 inactive older adults improved after they were

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  9. The Secret to Healthy Aging

    Who doesn't wish for a fountain of youth? Magical youth-restoring springs exist only in legend, but science does point to a few simple, healthy habits that can help extend your life. Heather Whitson, MD, associate professor of medicine (geriatrics) at Duke University School of Medicine, shares the m

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  10. Checklist Predicts if You'll Be Alive in 10 Years

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- A simple checklist could help doctors estimate whether an older patient will be alive 10 years from now, according to a new study. Researchers hope the findings, reported in the March 6 Journal of the American Medical Association,

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