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  1. Olive Oil Linked to Reduced Stroke Risk

    June 15, 2011 -- Cooking with heart-healthy olive oil and using it for salad dressing may cut stroke risk, according to new research published online in Neurology. In the new study, seniors who regularly used this healthy monounsaturated fat had a 41% lower risk of stroke compared to their counterpa

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  2. U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind

    June 15, 2011 -- The life expectancy in most counties in the U.S. lags substantially behind those in the nations with the best life expectancy, according to a new report. In some counties, the life expectancy is similar to that in much less developed countries, the researchers found. ''It is a wake-

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  3. Scientists Find New Clues to Aging

    June 13, 2011 -- A mutant protein known to be involved in the rare premature aging condition known as progeria appears to play a role in normal aging, too, scientists report. The mechanism that triggers premature aging also seems to trigger normal cell aging. The finding is expected to offer new clu

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  4. Testosterone Decline: Not Inevitable With Age?

    June 7, 2011 -- Testosterone decline is not inevitable with age, according to Australian scientists. Older men in excellent health can maintain their hormone levels, they say. ''What we found was, when you consider all the possible influences, age had no effect on testosterone levels in these very h

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  5. Decade's Top 10 Public Health Achievements

    May 19, 2011 -- Controlling infectious diseases like AIDS and tuberculosis, doing a better job of fighting tobacco use, improving motor vehicle safety, and reducing heart disease and death have been named by the CDC as being among the 10 top public health achievements of the first decade of the 21st

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  6. Alzheimer's Caregivers May Be at Risk for Dementia

    May 13, 2011 -- Husbands and wives who care for a spouse with Alzheimer's disease or another kind of dementia may face an increased risk of mental decline themselves, a new research review shows. "It is incredibly ironic, but also, it makes sense," says study researcher Peter P. Vitaliano, PhD, an a

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  7. Vehicle Accident Deaths Cost States Billions

    May 11, 2011 -- Deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes cost an estimated $41 billion in the U.S. in medical and work-loss expenses in the CDC’s most recent annual estimate. The estimates are from 2005, the most recent year for which cost and crash data are available. The analysis shows that just 10

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  8. 4 in 10 Over Age 85 Have Cognitive Impairment

    May 9, 2011 -- More than four in 10 women over age 85 have some type of cognitive impairment, according to a new study. The results show nearly 18% of women over 85 have dementia and 23% more have mild cognitive impairment, and the prevalence of dementia doubles after age 90 compared to women who ar

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  9. Is This Normal Aging or Not?

    Those first strands of gray hair are a sign of the inevitable. We’re getting older and our bodies are changing. We may grow a little rounder around the waistline, or wake in the night, or feel a little stiffer in the morning. Yet while we adapt to new realities, we shouldn’t discount every symptom a

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  10. Thyroid Drug Linked to Fracture Risk in Elderly

    April 28, 2011 -- Older adults with underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, who take drugs to treat the problem may be at increased risk for fractures, new research suggests. Thyroid hormone deficiency is common in the elderly, especially women. The drug levothyroxine, a synthetic form of the natura

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