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    1. Video Game May Erase Effects of Aging on the Brain

      By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) -- A specially designed video game may help sharpen mental skills that fade with age, a new study shows. The study, which is published in the Sept. 5 issue of the journal Nature, tested a video game that was created by brain sc

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    2. Middle-Aged Health Behavior a Matter of Degrees

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged Americans with a college degree are more likely to make healthy lifestyle changes when confronted with a health problem than those who dropped out of college or never went, new research finds. The way in wh

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    3. Baby Boomers Need Hepatitis C Test: CDC Study

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Baby boomers -- the generation known for sex, drugs and rock and roll -- are the most likely Americans to develop hepatitis C, and too many of them aren't tested until it's too late to prevent liver damage, U.S. health offic

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    4. Heavy Coffee Drinking, Shorter Lives for Some?

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Hold the java and listen up: A new study suggests that people under 55 who drink four or more cups of coffee a day are more likely to die early than others. Skeptical experts cautioned that the study of over 40,000 adults has

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    5. Risk Factors for Early Dementia Can Show Up in Teens

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Swedish researchers have identified nine risk factors -- many occurring during a person's teens -- that are tied to early onset dementia. The good news is that several of these symptoms and behaviors can be prevented or treat

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    6. Could Hot Cocoa Improve Brainpower in Seniors?

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- A preliminary new study links two cups of hot cocoa per day to improved memory skills in seniors who had low levels of blood flow in their brains. So, should you start stocking up on Swiss Miss? Not necessarily. The research i

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    7. Anemia Might Raise Dementia Risk, Study Suggests

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults suffering from anemia -- lower than normal red blood cell levels -- may be at increased risk for dementia, a new study suggests. Anemia affects as many as 23 percent of seniors, the researchers say. "We found a

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    8. Living Long & Healthy After 65 Depends on State

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Place and race influence healthy life expectancy at age 65, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Blacks across the country and whites in the South have the lowest healthy life expectancy after age 65, according to 2007-2009

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    9. 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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    10. Too Little Vitamin D Speeds Disability as You Age?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with vitamin D deficiency may struggle with daily physical activities such as dressing or climbing stairs, a new study shows. It's estimated that as many as 90 percent of older people are vitamin D-deficient. The

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