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  1. Sex and the Elderly: STD Risk Often Ignored

    Feb. 2, 2012 -- The rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has more than doubled among middle-aged adults and the elderly over the last decade, but the reasons for this are unclear. One cause may be the increased popularity of erectile dysfunction drugs that have made sex possible for millions

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  2. Mild Memory Problems May Be More Common in Men

    Jan. 25, 2012 -- Men may be more likely than women to experience mild memory or cognition problems. This condition, called mild cognitive impairment (MCI), often comes on before full-blown dementia. More than just “senior moments,” MCI symptoms may include difficulty remembering recent events and/or

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  3. CDC: Americans Living Longer as Death Rate Drops

    Jan. 11, 2012 -- We are living longer these days. Our average life expectancy increased by about one month from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, the average life expectancy rose to 78.7 years, up from 78.6 years in 2009. These are some of the findings from a new report by the CDC on death rates in the U.S. in

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  4. Men Who Step Lively May Outpace Grim Reaper

    Dec. 15, 2011 -- Older men who walk at least 3 miles an hour need not fear the Reaper. They stay ahead of him and tend to outlive guys who move along at a slower pace, new research reveals. In the study, published in the Christmas issue of the journal BMJ, Australian scientists attempted to nail dow

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  5. America's Health Report Card: Needs Improvement

    Dec. 6, 2011 -- Americans' health report card is out, and there's plenty of room for improvement. That's especially true if you live in Mississippi and less true if you call Vermont home. For the fifth year in a row, Vermont earned the title of the healthiest state in the nation, according to the Un

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  6. Do US Presidents Live Longer Than the Average Joe?

    Dec. 6, 2011 - Yes, the job seems to turn them gray and age them before our eyes, but a new study shows that being president of the United States may not actually shorten a man's life. In fact, those holding the highest elected office in the land tend to live longer than other men who were the same

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  7. Most Drug-Related Hospitalizations Due to Handful of Drugs

    Nov. 23, 2011 -- Just a few medicines are responsible for a majority of the emergency hospitalizations for bad events related to medication use in older U.S. adults, according to new research. Each year in the U.S., there are nearly 100,000 emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events in adult

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  8. Study: Sex Puts a Shine on Golden Years

    Nov. 22, 2011 -- The more often older people have sex, the more likely they are to be happy with life and enjoy a good marriage, a small study shows. The findings show that elderly people who had sex more than once a month were 50% more likely to say they were very happy with their life than those w

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  9. Americans Living Longer, Healthier Lives

    Oct. 6, 2011 -- Americans are living a full year longer than they were a decade ago. “Within one decade, U.S. life expectancy from birth increased to 77.8 from 76.8,” says Carter R. Blakey, acting director of disease prevention and health promotion at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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  10. Poor Self-Rated Health Linked to Dementia

    Oct. 5, 2011 -- Think you're unhealthy? You could be right, and your brain may be trying to tell you something. A new study shows that people aged 65 and over who rated their own health as poor were 70% more likely to develop dementia than those who felt they were in good health. Researchers say the

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